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-smp 7" will only use 7 threads... then the rest of the SMP client can throttle back if the game needs more power.
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Do most people fold while gaming, or do they pause and then restart or use the smp 7 note? Just wondering what the norm is..
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It differes from game to game. For many games, you'll be able to Fold (on all 8 threads), and the game will perform the same as if you weren't Folding. However, this isn't true for all games. The only way to know for certain is to play the game while Folding, and see if there's a performance lag. If there is, you can look to change the number of cores you're Folding on.
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Nice, I'm glad to be up and running - my top gpu is hitting 80c and man is that fan annoying.... I might try and spread them out, but then I'd drop down to 8x.... I know the fps hit is actually outrageously minimal but I am still hesitant to make the move.
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Well, I dunno about the FPS decrease, but Folding won't see any loss in performance.
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Do most people fold while gaming, or do they pause and then restart or use the smp 7 note? Just wondering what the norm is..
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It differes from game to game. For many games, you'll be able to Fold (on all 8 threads), and the game will perform the same as if you weren't Folding. However, this isn't true for all games. The only way to know for certain is to play the game while Folding, and see if there's a performance lag. If there is, you can look to change the number of cores you're Folding on.
It just depends on how advanced the game is and whether it really is multi-threaded. Even one core on an OC'd i7 is good enough for most games since they are able to efficiently handle the multiple folding/gaming threads.

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Nice, I'm glad to be up and running - my top gpu is hitting 80c and man is that fan annoying.... I might try and spread them out, but then I'd drop down to 8x.... I know the fps hit is actually outrageously minimal but I am still hesitant to make the move.
You might try and add a case fan in the area to feed the cards some air...

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Well, I dunno about the FPS decrease, but Folding won't see any loss in performance.
Once you start folding you realize that you don't want to shut clients down and lose PPD for something as silly as games, right Z?
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