GFreeman

Coastermaker
Hii all! I've downloaded the [email protected] GPU2 client for ATI to do some folding. In my family I have some folks with cancer and I figured I want to donate my spare processing power to [email protected] I am pretty new when it comes to folding. It took me about 4 hours I think to complete a WU. I'm folding at a stable 864/2200 with the 3850 AGP. Temps stay at 82c with 99% GPU usage all the time..

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Today I've completed 2 WU's and gotten 511 points: http://fah-web.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/main.py?qtype=userpage&username=gfreeman

Is that about normal for my folding performance? Also I was wondering what team you TG guys fold in. I'd like to contribute some points ofcourse :) At the moment I'm still in team 0.
 
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marfig

No ROM battery
Is that about normal for my folding performance?

For that card, I think so.

A few months ago I was folding with GTX 560 Ti at a 1200 score per WU. But that depends on the project. Each WU would take me roughly 4 hours, IIRC, for a daily total of up to 8k points per day. I suppose your card should indeed put you more or less where you are.

With the summer I stopped and will only resume when the cold season comes back. Your card is an old one, I gather. Should have been through a lot and some of its lifetime has already been expended. I suggest you do the same and wait for cooler days. Those 82c will drop a few degrees and you won't tax it so much.

@Crimson
Check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/[email protected] and http://folding.stanford.edu/
 

GFreeman

Coastermaker
Thanks for the advice. Well my room temps are fine. I've placed an extra fan so the airflow inside the case is better. I'm giving folding a go, we'll see. I'm not too worried about wearing out the parts. If so then it's time for something new ;) I've had this PC for quite some time really. Anyways I've got my CPU and GPU folding now. CPU priority set to idle with 95% usage on each core. I did that so the GPU folding keeps going quick as well.

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Kougar

Techgage Staff
Staff member
Hey GFreeman! I fold for EVGA, so your ATI card might revolt if you try to join them... :D In all seriousness, lots of sites have dedicated folding teams... but if you want suggestions, if you already browse w7forums they can always use extra folders. :)

For that card, I think so.

I have to underscore this. AMD GPUs just do not fold as quickly as NVIDIA cards, but the 3000 series wasn't particularly fast to begin with. For that card the performance is fine, but you will be burning a lot of power there for what it can do.

I only bring this up because if you plan to make this into a dedicated folding box it's not going to deliver much for all the power it eats. If electricity rates aren't a major problem then that's fine and ignore what I said. I'm always happy to see new folders. :)

You can use http://fahmon.net/ to monitor your clients, it will calculate PPD and give you info at a glance for both CPU and GPU clients. Only so you have a point of comparison, my GPU can deliver ~15,000PPD at its current speed... granted its a high end card, but NVIDIA cards tend to fold twice as fast as some AMD cards. I'm not aware of any NVIDIA AGP cards that can fold though, the ~8000 series support was being deprecated last I heard.
 

GFreeman

Coastermaker
My goodness.. that's exactly what my findings were the other day.. I've tried using this older Dell 2,8GHz HT Prescott rig with a PCI-E slot with the nVidia GT 420 that was in my parents PC. They now have a ATI 6850 so my lil bro can do some gaming once in a while..

This GT 420 doesn't touch the gaming power of my ATI 3850 card.. I've reseated the GPU cooler and put some Artic silver on.. The PCB on the GT 420 is so small I couldn't put better cooling on it. But better cooling paste helped the temps. I've also been fiddling with the fan speed using MSI Afterburner and then some overclocking ofcourse. Temp stays at a solid 57c.

Long story short.. My ATI 3850 puts out 1704 PPD, while this nVidia GT 420 puts out 3081 PPD. It's almost twice as fast folding. CUDA must be some smart technology nVidia developed.

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marfig

No ROM battery
Long story short.. My ATI 3850 puts out 1704 PPD, while this nVidia GT 420 puts out 3081 PPD. It's almost twice as fast folding. CUDA must be some smart technology nVidia developed.


It certainly is. But OpenCL isn't behind. What you are noticing instead is CUDA optimizations in the [email protected] client, whereas there's no such thing for OpenCL code. So, CUDA runs better because the client developers highly optimized the code and made better use of the technology. As opposed to OpenCL which they haven't.

That's thankfully changing. OpenCL is finally being addressed by the developers. See here.
 

GFreeman

Coastermaker
Thanks awfully for that post! I've downloaded that new GPU client and am folding with that now ;) We'll see how that one does.
 

Kougar

Techgage Staff
Staff member
That is exactly why I bring it up. I never want to be a killjoy... but seriously, for the energy costs involved with the OC'd 3850, you'd be better off with that low end NVIDIA card. As you found it it delivers almost twice the performance, yet I'm sure it uses much less power at the same time! The same goes for Pentium 4's...

The issues over ATI's sub-par folding has been a long and hotly debated one. I'm going to avoid it entirely, but I will say at least one part of the problem trickles down to the actual hardware silicon... NVIDIA devoted more of their GPU core real estate to general purpose computations than AMD did... this was why the NVIDIA 400 series dies were so much larger than AMD's, yet AMD's were pretty darn close in game performance with their smaller cores.

As Marfig's link points out, the Brook coding was another. Thanks for that link Marfig! I hadn't seen that yet... I can't wait to see what differences that brings. Any sort of performance increase would be very welcome for AMD/ATI users.
 
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GFreeman

Coastermaker
I agree with you, for folding I'm better off with the low end nVidia card. I mean I've read it's using around 50watts in 3d mode! I have it overclocked which shows a nice performance gain folding. Overclocked it possibly loads at 65 watts or so I reckon. The load wattage of the 3850 isn't too bad if you look in the reviews, but I run a rather big overclock on it. With the GPU folding my PSU reads about 200 watts load. With both CPU and GPU it reads about 240-250 watts of load.
 

GFreeman

Coastermaker
It makes you wonder.. Would you benefit more from a low wattage system with low/average performance or a high performance rig which eats some more juice? For 24/7 folding I guess the load wattage system. Well when a low end card beats a midrange card in watts and performance the choice obviously is easy made..
 

GFreeman

Coastermaker
That is exactly why I bring it up. I never want to be a killjoy... but seriously, for the energy costs involved with the OC'd 3850, you'd be better off with that low end NVIDIA card. As you found it it delivers almost twice the performance, yet I'm sure it uses much less power at the same time! The same goes for Pentium 4's...

The issues over ATI's sub-par folding has been a long and hotly debated one. I'm going to avoid it entirely, but I will say at least one part of the problem trickles down to the actual hardware silicon... NVIDIA devoted more of their GPU core real estate to general purpose computations than AMD did... this was why the NVIDIA 400 series dies were so much larger than AMD's, yet AMD's were pretty darn close in game performance with their smaller cores.

As Marfig's link points out, the Brook coding was another. Thanks for that link Marfig! I hadn't seen that yet... I can't wait to see what differences that brings. Any sort of performance increase would be very welcome for AMD/ATI users.

For a load wattage rig a Dothan chip with the converter and with DDR2 and PCI-E and the GT 420.. Switching to the lowest multi and letting the GPU fold that would consume almost nothing right.. ;)
 

marfig

No ROM battery
I find really awesome that you are putting this much effort into the [email protected] project.

I think the machine is excellent for your requirements. Power consumption is awesome. The graphics card is listed as consuming around 35W. So it's possible you can reduce power consumption a bit further by not making use of things you don't need, like Wifi (assuming you don't need it) and audio.
 

GFreeman

Coastermaker
Thank you! I will use it for movies and music as well :) It's a nice quiet system and it has a blueray player. I've seen the bios in the reviews, and it's quite diverse with settings. I also have the possibility to play with ratio's, multi's voltages and such. So that could be a nice way to reduce the load wattage even further as well ;)

Secretly I like a quiet system as well haha! My AMD rig isn't that quiet, but I will keep using it for a little gaming.
 

GFreeman

Coastermaker
I've received my little Asrock folding system today http://www.asrock.com/nettop/overvie... 3D Series

Surpisingly I was able to overclock the GPU quite a bit! :D only sacrifising 4-5 degrees more on full load compared to the stock GPU clocks.

I've ran 3dmark06 on the nVidia GT 425M to see how it compares to my overclocked ATI 3850. The 3850 is faster, but it's not far off to be honest ;)

Here's the score with the 3850 (9314): http://3dmark.com/3dm06/15946967
Here's the score with the GT 425M (8288): http://3dmark.com/3dm06/15989378

Here's a pic of my overclock.
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It folds much quicker then the 3850 and much more power efficient ;)

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GFreeman

Coastermaker
This thing is even not so bad gaming :) I'm running Dirt 2 at 1650x1024 with high detail and 4x AA settings.

Below my overclocking settings :)

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HTML:
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<!-- date: 23:39:20 on 25/08/2011 -->
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Not a bad benchmark score right? :) It's playable and it isn't far off with my ATI 3850.. Well that plays with the ultra preset, this is too shoppy but still :)
 

Rob Williams

Editor-in-Chief
Staff member
Moderator
Kougar said:
That is exactly why I bring it up. I never want to be a killjoy... but seriously, for the energy costs involved with the OC'd 3850, you'd be better off with that low end NVIDIA card.

I found this out the hard way. When the HD 4870 X2 dual-GPU card was new, I had to go on a business trip, so I set it up to Fold while I was gone. During the trip I got to talking to a friend about Folding, and I told him about what I did. He told me to call home and get someone to turn off the PC because I was effectively drawing so much power for so little gain.

Is actual progress being made here on the AMD side, or is it going to be pro-NVIDIA for a while? It's worth noting that I met the creator of the Folding project once in San Jose with NVIDIA, so to see the company excel at this is no surprise. But is it because of this partnership, or the fact that CUDA is just so damn efficient?
 
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