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I currently have a w3520 and it clocks pretty high, 4.2 Ghz was pretty easy for me to obtain and I suspect with proper cooling that 4.6 isnt too far fetched.

With that in mind I plan to get 2 460 2win cards for a folding farm, I plan to use one gtx 590 for gaming

My question is, do I need more juice to power all the gpus for folding while still trying to game?

If so, would the minimum be something like the i7 970?

thanks in advance for the help
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Oh yeah, 1200W+ for those bud (if you have 3-4 460 2win cards)
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Yeah, I plan to get the HCP-1200 but im still debating on the fourth card, it might cause heat problems.

Would I need a Heaxcore chip to feed the gpu's or would my w3520 Xeon chip be enough?
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TheReciever View Post
I currently have a w3520 and it clocks pretty high, 4.2 Ghz was pretty easy for me to obtain and I suspect with proper cooling that 4.6 isnt too far fetched.

With that in mind I plan to get 3-4 460 2win cards for a folding farm, I plan to use one for gaming and have the rest fold 24/7.

My question is, do I need more juice to power all the gpus for folding while still trying to game?

If so, would the minimum be something like the i7 970?

thanks in advance for the help
Hey Receiver, have you considered getting 2 GTX 590s instead?
Advantages include:
Cheaper
Energy efficient
Easier to cool
Greater flexibility with motherboards
Can use both cards for gaming

EVGA 460 2 Win: 379.99AR x 4 cards = $1,519.96
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130626

EVGA 590 3GB Classified Quad SLI = $1429.99
http://www.evga.com/products/moreInf...s%20Family&sw=
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Ive actually switched it up a little bit since then.

Since Im still a gamer Im going to get the msi 480 lightning SLI, and use 2 460 2wins for F@H I'd still get about 80k ppd from the gpu's.

However you did bring up a very valid point, This way I would be able to run mATX still and have more space. Im going to have to look over my options again, thanks for the heads up
    
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Since when has Octo-SLI or Hex-SLI been possible?

Not to mention, you only have 2 PCI-E slots on your board...but I'm sure you have something else planned board wise?
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EVGA 580 tri-SLI?
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Since when has Octo-SLI or Hex-SLI been possible?

Not to mention, you only have 2 PCI-E slots on your board...but I'm sure you have something else planned board wise?
Folding goes by individual GPU's. So 6 GPU's each folding their own work unit wouldn't need SLI.
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Folding goes by individual GPU's. So 6 GPU's each folding their own work unit wouldn't need SLI.
Are you sure Windows would be happy with that?
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post #10 of 24
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Why wouldnt it? Folding farms have had more gpu's than that.

I wouldnt be using this board anymore, Ive actually already sold it so I suppose I should change my specs soon. I will be getting the rampage III Extreme. Only the 480's will be in SLI while the 460 2wins doing the 24/7 folding


But while I always enjoy a good discussion, my original question hasnt been touched, will the F@H hinder gaming on a w3520? In order to still enjoy gaming and not hinder the gpu's that are folding, is a 970 required or will my w3520 be sufficient?

Thanks again OCN
    
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