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So, I recently got into folding, and I use the Gpu client because I actively use this machine. Btw, this is not my sig rig. The computer has a gts 250 doing the folding and it's housed in an oem HP case. My worry is that if I run the folding client for extended periods if time (6-12 hours a day), how will the Gpu life suffer? I don't want to have to go out and buy a new video card ever 6 months cause I was doing cancer research...

I'll post the temperature that the card stabilizes at in a few minutes. I believe it's about 75C.

Thanks in advance for any help

EDIT: The temperatures are stable at 72C
Edited by shinigamibob - 1/23/11 at 4:09pm
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post #2 of 10
I have run/ran both of my GTX 260's 24/7, cept when gaming, for over a year now and have experienced no issues.

Edit: More like going on 2 years now that I think about it.
Edited by drew630 - 1/23/11 at 4:11pm
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ive been wondering the same thing...
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it shouldnt effect the life too much. it may take a few months off the life of the card but even that is unlikely. f@h for long periods of time is just like gaming for long periods of time. its basically just normal wear and tear. besides cpu's and gpu's last for a LONG time. no moving parts so it should last very long time. this is why some gpu companies can afford to do lifetime warranties. worse case scenario you might have to replace the fan down the line.

however if your card is overclocked that is a different story. overclocking can decrease the life of the card, but if its just a mild overclock you shouldnt have anything to worry about.
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I've seen people put Video Cards through years of constant full load without fail.
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72c will not kill your card, or even degrade it that much. Watch the temps though, make sure they don't venture into 80-90c, then I'd be worried(for that card).
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Been folding on GPU's for the last 14months 24*7 and not had any fail yet.

Been folding for 3+ years on PS3's and only one fail but thats one out of 7 that I use to fold on and that failed within 6 weeks but I suspect it would of failed anyway(Japanese PS3 20GB). The rest have foldered for 12+ months with no problems.


Currently folding with
Gainward GTX460 GS 1GB x2
Inno3D GTX 480

Occassionally on
PS3 250GB
Sold the rest to fund GPU folding
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With GPU folding youre far more likely to replace the card before it dies. If you've really pushed the OC or overvolted and its constantly running 90C+ then you'll shorten the lifespan, but its impossible to tell by how much.
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Thanks guys!

Everything is running on stock settings, no OC. However, I also have a GTS 450 in another HP oem case thats folding as well. That one is running at about 77C with the fan at 33%. I've heard the Fermi's run cooler than the older ones, and I thought thats why the fan is running slower compared to the 250.

I also plan on folding on the two GPU's after the 26th on my sig rig, reason being that I'm only building it on the 26th. I have the parts and all, just waiting to finish my exams.

Again, thanks to everyone who helped.
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Originally Posted by shinigamibob View Post
Thanks guys!

Everything is running on stock settings, no OC. However, I also have a GTS 450 in another HP oem case thats folding as well. That one is running at about 77C with the fan at 33%. I've heard the Fermi's run cooler than the older ones, and I thought thats why the fan is running slower compared to the 250.

I also plan on folding on the two GPU's after the 26th on my sig rig, reason being that I'm only building it on the 26th. I have the parts and all, just waiting to finish my exams.

Again, thanks to everyone who helped.
why don't you up the fan to like 50% ?
it would lower the temp of the GTS 450 to the low 70s and would not emit much noise.
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