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I'm running the GPU2 client on my Sapphire 5830, with environment variables set. I'm wondering if I can also run the SMP client set to 3 cores, keeping GPU2 locked to 1 core?

IF so...what if I wanted to kick it up another notch? I have some old video cards laying around. Just off the top of my head I have what I think is an Nvidia FX5400, and an Nvidia 8500GT. What are my options here?

Figured if I'm going to start letting my rig fold while I sleep, may as well beat the crap out of it with as many clients as I can run.
 
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Unfortunately I don't believe the 8500 has CUDA, so it can't fold. I actually see that it can. The 5830 won't get much since it's an ATI card, and I'm not sure about the FX5400. However, use the -smp 3 flag to set it to use the first three cores, and you can use the -core 3 flag or something like that to get the GPU client to get on the last core.

If you want to kick it up a notch, go grab a GTS450 (for less than $100) and have it fold, you'll get more than all your current GPUs combined.
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Originally Posted by Epona View Post
Unfortunately I don't believe the 8500 has CUDA, so it can't fold. I actually see that it can. The 5830 won't get much since it's an ATI card, and I'm not sure about the FX5400. However, use the -smp 3 flag to set it to use the first three cores, and you can use the -core 3 flag or something like that to get the GPU client to get on the last core.

If you want to kick it up a notch, go grab a GTS450 (for less than $100) and have it fold, you'll get more than all your current GPUs combined.
Sweet, I'll download the SMP client and go about setting that up.
 
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Pretty sure the 8500GT folds sometimes... but if you get yours folding, you probably wont see much PPD from it... perhaps 500?

You should see 3-4k ppd on the 5830

And definitely run the SMP on 3 cores... that should get you a couple more thousand.
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I'm currently in the process of installing the SMP2 console client, I'm at the last step where I enter the flags I want to use...and I'm not sure which flags to enter. I can't seem to find an up-to-date walkthrough on running the SMP alongside the GPU2 on a quadcore/singleGPU rig.

Edit: I found a thread on this forum that someone started wanting to know how to run GPU2+SMP. I followed the instructions posted there...

1. Set priority of SMP to idle(default)

2. Set priority of GPU2 to Slightly Higher.

Are those the proper settings for running GPU2 and SMP2 together? HFM.NET is showing the SMP2 PPD at about 290, so I'm assuming I did something wrong here.
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I hate to be a bummer, but I think you would actually get the same production just folding on the 965.

I used to fold on a 965 + 5850, and it netted me anywhere from 6k to 8k PPD (8K was if I happened to get a nice A3 WU). When I folded on just the 965, I was getting the same PPD if not slightly higher >_>

While the 8500GT won't put out amazing numbers, it definitely wont' suck up as many CPU cycles as an ATi/AMD card will. From an efficiency stand point, I think folding with that is much better than folding with your 5830.

To set up smp there are several flags you can use:

-smp --> This sets it to use all available cores
-smp X --> This sets it to use X cores
-oneunit --> You can set it to download, work on, and finish only one WU. I've found that folding only 1 WU uninterrupted is more efficient and better points than folding sporadically throughout the day on multiple WUs due to the way bonuses work.
-configonly --> Let's you enter the configuration mode where you can set intervals for backups, and the type of WU to download, etc.

In your situation, I think -smp or -smp 3 (if you want to fold on 5830 w environmental variables) would be best.

Hope this helps!
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At the end of the configuration for the SMP2 console client, I entered the "-smp 3" flag. It is set to idle priority.

I then went in to the settings for GPU2 systray client and made sure the priority was set to lowest, per instructions on the F@H forum.

Other than those settings, everything is pretty much set to default.

My GPU2 PPD is around 3200-3300 on a 511pt WU which is normal, SMP2 PPD is still around 290 on a 106pt WU. That SMP2 PPD seems incredibly low...
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If you have just started out folding you will need to fold a total of 10 WU in order to qualify for the bonuses. Once you start qualifying though, be prepared to see a very nice jump

Also, if you get a 6701 WU for your SMP client, PPD will be a bit lower than with other WUs. Everyone takes a hit on this WU, this is normal.
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Here's a screenshot of HFM.NET...



I'm hearing about people getting PPD out of their SMP2 client that is the same or better than the PPD they're getting out of their GPU2 client, yet I'm only seeing a PPD of 290-290 on my SMP2 client. It seems like something is not right.
 
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In HFM, go to Edit > Preferences > Options

Calculate PPD based on: Set to Last Three Frames
Calculate Bonus Credit and PPD (make sure this is checked)

Save and refresh your clients and see if it displays differently.

You have a TPF of 5-6 minutes which is pretty standard, so I think it's just the display options or that you haven't yet qualified for bonuses.
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