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I have a spare Force3D Radeon 4830 512MB and just thinking would it be worth folding with it? I know I will lose PhysX with my GTX 480, but to be honest, I'm not really using any game's right now that uses PhysX.

With my current system at idle, just browseing the net, music and watching videos. How much roughly in "Watts" would my computer consume?
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ATI cards really do not fold well. You'll probably get a few hundred PPD. But hey, every bit counts. If you have the rig to put it in, and the electricity to use, I don't see why not.

As for the power consumption, this review says 262 watts.
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ATI cards really do not fold well. You'll probably get a few hundred PPD. But hey, every bit counts. If you have the rig to put it in, and the electricity to use, I don't see why not.

As for the power consumption, this review says 262 watts.
Well while I was away at a LAN Party, I was folding with my X6 1055T @ 4.0GHz and my GTX 480, I managed to complete 14 work unit's, 1 work unit with my CPU.

I'm not paying for the electricity.... but seeing as the 4830 uses a hell of a lot less power than my GTX 480, I was wondering if it would be good
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I say go for it, if you can fold concurrently with your 480 of course.
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If you're not paying the power bill, than I say fold away. Just don't expect the wu output to be any where near the GTX 480.
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Think I might try it out later then, my GTX 480 only takes around 10 minutes to complete a single WU
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I think the WU's distributed to ATI/Nvidia cards are different. Are you using the GPU2 client? The GPU3 is better Fermi cards. An ATI card will take an immense amount of time.
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I think the WU's distributed to ATI/Nvidia cards are different. Are you using the GPU2 client? The GPU3 is better Fermi cards. An ATI card will take an immense amount of time.
At the time when I was folding with my GTX 480, it was the GPU3 Client
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