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could someone explain this to me?

why is it that the harvested or otherwise not necessarily so amazing graphics cards do so well for folding?

i mean the original 8800GS, and more recently (but less oddball and lacking in amazingness) GTS 450.
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post #2 of 7
It's all about shaders, baby!

The more there are, the better it will fold. The higher they are clocked the better it will fold.
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Because they are cheap and come in single slot variants, so you can have seven on an UD9
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thanks

does this take into account core speed or is it mostly shaders?

and considering the heat and stress of folding, isn't it better for the cards to be dual slot? i understand it's good for a farm, but for those who fold using a conventional PC, you aren't going to be rocking more than 3 cards together at the same time if you know what i mean.
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post #5 of 7
Shaders, leave the core at stock and even at times lower it.
When dual slot 5xx are released those things are going to be amazing for farms if priced right of course.
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post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by LiLChris View Post
Shaders, leave the core at stock and even at times lower it.
When dual slot 5xx are released those things are going to be amazing for farms if priced right of course.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-593-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-587-_-Product

i think you mean single slot 5xx...

thanks for the answers
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post #7 of 7
Shaders are locked to double clock speed on the 450's. You can drop the memory clock and see no decrease in performance

They're awesome because they're low end chips designed to be cool, run low resolutions, but still have plenty of shader cores to be useful for folding, even if they can't blast through the latest games.

Also, the 450's are frugal on the power usage, so they're spot on for folding
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