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Bluefalcon13

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Hey everyone,

I have a $100 gift card (visa style) and I was wondering which way I should go...

Currently, I have the rig in my sig, and I'm looking at GPUs for folding use and/or gaming. I need to keep in w/in budget for now, (rig upgrade coming soon).

So I've narrowed it down to two choices... both with their ups and downs.

9800GT-512mb version (couple of these I'm looking at)
+better performance for gaming
+better folder than current card
- cant run 2 cards at once (PSU limited/card in hand limited)

GT240-512/DDR5 version
+Probably could still run my current card with this one in
- no gaming performance increase, possible loss if this card is used to game on
- unsure of any folding performance increase, w/ 96 stream procs, it should be similar to my current card

I think the downs on the 9800 could be eliminated by setting up a folding box using the guts of my wife's old emachines (939 2ghz single core) which I plan on turning into a file server anyways.

Also, of the 9800GTs I am looking at, I was wondering if anyone had any experience with the following models: (both have lifetime warrenties, a must for me to buy and fold on...)

Both of the cards I'm looking at are the 'low power' models (and dont require external power to connect em up... how does this work? Is it just updated nm tech in the gpu, and lower power required? If I do get one of these, what are the chances that I could run it with the current card I have for double the folding power? Basically, are these 'low power' cards worth a crap?
 
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Bluefalcon13

Bluefalcon13

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guess that answers that, I think I'll pickup a GT240. If the computer wont boot with it, I'll just toss it in the file-server and let it fold 24/7, I'm sure it'll get right around the 8800GTS 320MB/9600GT 512MB PPD (has similar/better 3d performance compared to the 9600, as well as more Stream Processors)

I'm sure that thing will fold just as well as my 8800GTS, if not better....
 
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Bluefalcon13

Bluefalcon13

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Well...I decided that I wanted something better so I grabbed a GTX260 from ZOTAC... It's got a lifetime warrenty so I'll figure out if I'm gonna buy from them again.... I normally stick to evga..
clicky for card!
 
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ChasR

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Probably blew your budjet, but that is a very good choice. Near the top in ppd/watt and a lot more ppd than the 9800 GT or 240.
 
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Bluefalcon13

Bluefalcon13

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Oh I blew my budget quite a bit.... But I think the wifes old emachine might have the ability to run the 8800GTS 320MB for folding... I still want to kill that card from folding so I get a free RMA upgrade again :p
 

ChasR

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From the 3 most common WU types:

Project ID: 5767
Core: GROGPU2
Credit: 353
Frames: 100


Name: ChasR GTX260 1
Path: C:\FAH\FAH GPU1\
Number of Frames Observed: 300

Min. Time / Frame : 00:00:37 - 8,243 PPD
Avg. Time / Frame : 00:00:39 - 7,820 PPD
Cur. Time / Frame : 00:00:40 - 7,625 PPD
R3F. Time / Frame : 00:00:40 - 7,625 PPD
All Time / Frame : 00:00:40 - 7,625 PPD
Eff. Time / Frame : 00:00:40 - 7,625 PPD

Project ID: 5791
Core: GROGPU2
Credit: 787
Frames: 100


Name: ChasR GTX260 1
Path: C:\FAH\FAH GPU1\
Number of Frames Observed: 297

Min. Time / Frame : 00:01:27 - 7,816 PPD
Avg. Time / Frame : 00:01:31 - 7,472 PPD

Project ID: 5913
Core: GROGPU2-MT
Credit: 1888
Frames: 100


Name: ChasR GTX260 1
Path: C:\FAH\FAH GPU1\
Number of Frames Observed: 300

Min. Time / Frame : 00:04:03 - 6,713 PPD
Avg. Time / Frame : 00:05:08 - 5,296 PPD

You should do better since these numbers are from a 192 shader model.
 
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Bluefalcon13

Bluefalcon13

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I wish my power supply was a bit beefier, I'd just kill the SMP on my desktop and fold both GPUs... plus when gaming, I could turn my 8800GTS into a Phys-X card for games that would use it :D
 
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Bluefalcon13

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no need for soldering, insulating or glue. Just jam the resistors in there. They're not coming out by themselves

I would be a bit more worried than them falling out... I have cats who like to chew on things that they shouldnt... generally they stick to cell phone charging cables, but i would not want to cross the wrong thing :p
 

onefstsnake

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:cool:

Hope that card is coming soon. My i7 should be folding January 6th.
And I have 2 surprises up my sleeve.

Neweggs 3day shipping turned into 13day shipping lol. Holidays haha.
 
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Bluefalcon13

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I donno if my PSU can handle the two cards at once (Rig in sig)...makes me a sad panda...

Card SHOULD be in next week assuming they are all messed up due to holidays (ordered today with the free 3-day UPS)