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What is the Best Graphics Card for Folding 2011?

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cdb 26th April 2011, 22:53 Quote
Well I just fired up my gtx460 1GB that's been dormant for a couple of months. It's pulling 11500ppd on the current wu and even more strangely, the pc has been running at 237W for the last few weeks and earlier it was using 231W when I turned folding on, but now it's back to 237W, so folding is using no electricity for me.

Forgot to say, the best gpu for folding is now......intel 2600K by a mile. Gpu for now is pointless in comparison.



Errr, edited to add, some numpty has been messing with my power meter and it was 237V:o It's 330W, I'll get a non folding figure when this wu finishes. (227w after.)

In reply to the post below, my 460 is running at 1680.
Tangster 26th April 2011, 23:05 Quote
Gah, an overclocked GTX460 pulls around 12000ppd. :)
UrbanSmooth 27th April 2011, 17:46 Quote
What about a Quadro?
yumen50 27th April 2011, 17:59 Quote
All the talk about 480 GTX being crappy, and power hungry, and not worth it, have now gone to hell!
Dark Matter 27th April 2011, 22:51 Quote
Thanks for the report :)
May go with two 560 Ti cards
Goty 27th April 2011, 23:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by yumen50
All the talk about 480 GTX being crappy, and power hungry, and not worth it, have now gone to hell!

No, all that talk is still around, because all of that is still true for the card's intended purpose. ;)
dunx 29th April 2011, 13:20 Quote
And under £200 at Scan currently...
Dark Matter 29th April 2011, 15:05 Quote
Should I go for one 580 or two 560s for folding?

My MB is an MSI 890FXA-GD70 the ps is a Modular 1000W Corsair HX Series

Thanks :)
Lizard 29th April 2011, 15:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dark Matter
Should I go for one 580 or two 560s for folding?

I'd say the two 560s, as they will net a hell of a lot more points (26k versus 16.5k) and cost about the same.
Dark Matter 29th April 2011, 15:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lizard
I'd say the two 560s, as they will net a hell of a lot more points (26k versus 16.5k) and cost about the same.

Thanks do you think they would be both fine with my hardware? The case is a coolermaster 840 :)

any particular verson of the 560ti I should look out for?

Thanks :)
Lizard 29th April 2011, 17:03 Quote
Should do, that's a good motherboard and that case provides good cooling.
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Originally Posted by Dark Matter
any particular verson of the 560ti I should look out for?

IIRC, this MSI card is the best 560 TI that we've reviewed.
Dark Matter 29th April 2011, 17:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lizard
Should do, that's a good motherboard and that case provides good cooling.

IIRC, this MSI card is the best 560 TI that we've reviewed.

;)

Much appreciated, will set my sights on two of those :)
ET3D 2nd May 2011, 15:24 Quote
Doing this article the way it is after the core 16 for AMD came out is pretty bad. I'm doing around 6000 PPD on my underclocks Radeon 5850. NVIDIA is still better for folding, but I would have expected an article meant to provide a guide to folding to test the new AMD core.
codysluder 2nd May 2011, 18:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by DbD
It was never more then a hopeful rumour circulated by the fanboys.

au contraire, mon ami

FahCore_16 for ATI is being suppressed by those fanboys who ran this test. OpenCL makes a big difference. It does require an HD5000 or better, though, so at least the very old GPUs are compared objectively since they still use FahCore_11 with CAL and will be deprecated in September.
Wwhat 7th May 2011, 00:16 Quote
It looks like they deliberately boost nvidia hardware or cripple AMD if you will (we know that AMD has better and not-crippled-for-consumer-cards math units), and seeing they always say it's 'to cure your grandma from deadly diseases' that seems pretty nasty.
And this might not have a recent new AMD client but come on this lopsided thing has been so for a very very long time now and if they wished they could have fixed it so long ago.

On the other hand it does seem a very nvidia fan thing to be so in folding, and I'm not sure what came first, the suitable cards being nvidia or the person that likes folding being a nvidia fan already.
lakedude 2nd May 2012, 02:55 Quote
This information is in need of a update.

A new, updated, much easier to use 7 series client is now available for folding.

ATI/AMD and nVidia have (finally) launched 28nm cards. ATI has launched its 7xxx series which is said to be better for compute work than the previous 6xxx series, and nVidia has launched its 6xx series which is said to be better for games but worse for compute work than the previous 5xx series. 28nm cards from both brands are said to use less power.

The new client about doubled the PPD on my ATI cards. The 6950 is pulling in about 8k PPD and the 5770 is doing about 6k PPD.

The twin nVidia 9800GT cards are doing about 3.5k PPD each.

nVidia still seems to have the lead but I'm very curious as to how the 7xxx is going to do compared to the 6xx series for folding. Got a 7850 on the way, will post results when they are available. If you have a 6xx series card please post the results.
thehippoz 2nd May 2012, 18:35 Quote
yeah if you look at apps like pyrit and even bitcoin which are both written open source without prejudice- you can see ati/amd cards are clearly better.. I mean ridiculously better

but then look at stanfords folding app.. there's a reason it's like that

http://engineering.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/migrated_images/huang2_visit.jpg

that's the 20 million dollar center huang had built as an alumni.. got his electrical engineering degree there in 92.. they love huang over there- that simple

it's cool though can't blame them- but the truth is strange sometimes considering foldings goals..

http://engineering.stanford.edu/visit/huang-center/huang-dedication
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