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I've been folding for about a week now and felt like I was getting pretty decent production folding SMP and GPU work units on my sig rig.
Best of all, it didn't interfere with my normal use and gaming in the evenings.

2 nights ago I switched to bigadv work units and it has definitely slowed down my GPU folding. I also now have to pause the folding while I'm gaming, the bigadv work unit my system has been working on significantly impacts game play.

It looks like the bigadv WU will finish well within the deadline, but I'm wondering if having to pause it for gaming, and the folding slowing down when I'm using the system for my normal internet surfing, videos, etc., will make it not worth running bigadv WUs.

Because of how I use the computer, this WU from project 2685 is only 60% complete after almost 36 hours.
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2685 is prob the longest bigadv wu to finish, I normally pause folding for about 4 hours a night to play video games, and still finish within the normal deadline time.
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It depends how much PPD are you getting with all that pausing compared to when running SMP and not having to close it all the time.

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Originally Posted by JedixJarf View Post
2685 is prob the longest bigadv wu to finish, I normally pause folding for about 4 hours a night to play video games, and still finish within the normal deadline time.
I thought 2684 was the longest?
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It depends how much PPD are you getting with all that pausing compared to when running SMP and not having to close it all the time.
I guess I'll find out in about a day.
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post #5 of 18
I know folding is advertised as something like a "free lunch" type deal but we all know there is no free lunch. Folding -bigadv and gaming, two of the more intensive uses of a computer, so it is normal they are going to slow each other down. I agree, it is 2684 that is the "most demanding" -bigadv WU, but 36hrs into a 2685 with 60% completion would not suprise me at all.
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post #6 of 18
you need -smp 7 flag if you're running gpu3

and when gaming i'd turn off the gpu3 and run smp 6 on the cpu or something
post #7 of 18
At 36 hours 60% you're not going to make the preferred deadline of 4 days so you'll be losing out on bonus points i believe. You'd probably be fine as you are with the smaller bigadv units, but for the big 268X units you may have to turn off your gpu folding to make it before the preferred deadline and therefore worthwhile. Like koven said try to still fold but run less cores (no lower than four) while gaming. Four cores are better than no cores.
     
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I'm gonna agree with PCC here; if you're planning on gaming, don't do -bigadv.
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post #9 of 18
Indie games should be fine though.

I had to stop folding bigadv due to a bunch of reasons, and I like not having to worry about the client anymore and just keep it 24/7 instead of pausing when I need to do CPU intensive stuff.
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post #10 of 18
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GPU + bigadv folding is a great test of my water cooling system though!

Just got home from work, the AC has been off all day and the intake air temp to my radiators is 28.5ºC.
Water temp is 34ºC.
Max CPU core temp is 65ºC
Max GPU temp is 44ºC.

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