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NV

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Sep 18, 2009
Hey guys, I recently had an idea when I noticed that my i7 system showed some slight choppiness at times when I used it (relatively lightly, I'm talking things ranging from solitaire to youtube) while running -bigadv -smp 8. I know youtube is a frametime killer, at least on my system (adds anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes per frame!).

So what I thought of first was running -smp 7. I currently get around 32 minutes per frame, and I found someone with similar clocks reporting in the vicinity of 2-3 minutes slower running only 7 cores. (I suppose I should note: i7 920 @ 3.8) I thought freeing up a core might actually improve frame times during periods of usage because the system wouldn't have to sort of, 'tell' fah to 'get out of the way'. I admit, I don't really understand how all of that works, but it seemed like an O.K. Idea to me.

Then I thought, what if I could limit everything on my computer that isn't fah to just one core? Well I don't know how to do that, but I DO know how to change the priority of fah. So if I upped the priority, it would tend to limit the rest of my computing to just that one core.


In the end, I realize that I probably won't do any this after all. Most days I am NOT using my computer FAR more than I actually am using it, so limiting fah to 7 cores would probably do me more harm than good even if it did slightly increase performance while I was actually using the computer. I'm basically just throwing this out there, wanting to see what you guys think. If you're intrigued, then discuss. If not, let the thread sink :shrug:
 

dylskee

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Joined
Mar 3, 2005
Location
Central MA
Hmmm, I was wondering the same thing lately. I haven't played BF2142 (or any games for that matter) in months but I wanted to jump on for a while tonight. I am going to pause my GPU clients but will I take a performance hit while folding -bigadv WUs while gaming? And, is it possible to fold one GPU and game on the other?
 

dylskee

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Joined
Mar 3, 2005
Location
Central MA
If you notice, he is running Nvidia cards.

Though that does raise a good point, if he is in SLI, he'll need to switch out of it first.

Yes I am in SLI, so if i disable SLI and kill one GPU client I should be able to game without a problem?
 

torin3

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Dec 25, 2004
Yes I am in SLI, so if i disable SLI and kill one GPU client I should be able to game without a problem?

Yep, as long as it the GPU your monitor is plugged into, you should be good to go. I have no problem doing it when I want to game.