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 Post subject: Back again.... for a very short time
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:56 pm 
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After a long hyatis, I'm back folding for a short stint.

This won't be anything like my last time where I was pushing to break into the top 100. No, I'm just doing a burn-in test with my new laptop. May last up to 2 weeks off & on while I try different cooling setups & what-not.

ASUS N550JV-DB72T Multi-Media laptop
15.6" Full HD 1920x1080p Touch Screen glossy display
Intel i7-4400HQ 2.4GHz Quad-Core CPU with HD 4600 graphics
GeForce GT-750m discrete graphics card
8GB Memory
1TB HDD
Intel AC-7280 Dual-Band Wireless card
DVD Burner
GPU/CPU cooler upgraded from aluminum with copper heat pipes to full copper
Windows 8

As soon as I got it, tried it out to make sure it wasn't DOA, then pulled the HDD & dropped in 120GB Mushkin Chronos SATA III SSD & Installed Windows 7 Pro - no issues/problems. So I ordered some upgrades!

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not all for the laptop either... one order, four shipments, 9 items, all scheduled to arrive Friday. 8)
Upgrades ordered for the laptop:
A> 256GB SSD
B> Windows 7 Pro SP1
C> Crucial Ballistix 16GB DDR3-14900 Kit (ordered / shipping seperately to arrive next week :( )

H100 pump died on my i7-7930, so got a lowly Hyper 212 EVO trying to keep it cool until the beast arrives. Also time to ditch this cheap POS 28" 1920x1200 TN pannel :wink: And though it still works fine, I'm replacing my 4 year old Wireless router while I can.

So nothing that's really going to boost Folding at Home... well except the new cooler for the 7930 which should allow for some pretty high overclocking. And potentially a second 660Ti for the PC if one 660Ti can't drive 2560x1600 to my satisfaction. But even then, it's too costly for me to fold very much. Hell, I don't even turn my computer on most days, just do what I need to over my phone to save on electricity.

Laptop may be able to fold, but it's for my business, so other than this burn-in & maybe a challenge or two, it'll probably not fold much at all.

I'll toss up some pics later.

Oh, yea, I'm also stashing away $1,200 to pickup one of those new i7-4960X CPU's once they're released :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Back again.... for a very short time
PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:07 am 
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Wondered what happened to you, had that big push then disappeared..

My folding has slowed a lot too because of needing to run the AC all day. Got about another month of 100+ then I should be back up and running. The wife is out of work right now so that might delay things...time will tell.

Enjoy that new laptop.

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 Post subject: Re: Back again.... for a very short time
PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:55 am 
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I've got an Asus 650 Ti (iirc) and an MSI 660 Ti available if you (or anyone else) are interested. They both OC like mad and get great PPD! I got a new card for folding, so that's why.


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 Post subject: Re: Back again.... for a very short time
PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:55 pm 
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Easye, that big push cost more in electricity than I had calculated, by about 15%, so that killed my folding funds....

Gero, thanks for the offer, but the exact model 660Ti I originally purchased and am using, is still stocked at Newegg, so if I do decide that I need to go that route, I'll not only have dual 660Ti's but TWIN 660Ti's.


Now the promised pics: Lighting & general photography here sucks, but you'll get the jist....

Viewed from behind with cover closed: This is a really nice dark grey brushed aluminum cover. The logo is illuminated when cover is open & laptop turned on.
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Left side connections: Power, Sub, LAN, HDMI, Mini Display port, USB 3.0, USB 3.0 with charger+ & headphone / microphone combo jack
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Right side connections: SDHC card reader, USB 3.0, DVD burner, Kensington lock slot
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Front: just 5 status LED's

Here it is opened up:
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And turned on during DOA testing:
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love the illuminated keyboard!!!

But hating the Seagate 1TB HDD that came with it....
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I realize that it's extracting from one location on the hard drive & writing to a new location on same hard drive but DAMN THAT's SLOW never goes about 7.5MB/sec & took over 30 minutes to complete.

After removing the HDD & temporarily dropping in an old 120GB Mushkin Chronos, the exact same operation took less than 30 seconds to complete.

Also ran a couple benchmarks after installing Windows 7 Pro on the temporary SSD:

Cinebench 11.5
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Clock for clock & matched thread for thread, this i7-4400HQ is slower than my older i7-7930K running 8 threads :(

Unigine Valley 1.0 Benchmark with Intel 4600 graphics, then GeForce GT 750m graphics
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At least I can play Skyrim at Medium settings without any stutter-frames during gameplay.

Oh & $$$ to my door: $1,248


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 Post subject: Re: Back again.... for a very short time
PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 1:10 pm 
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Oooooopssssss...... forgot the F@H liking the new client BTW... but none-the less, first work unit successfully completed!

Avg CPU Clock speed during this run: 3GHz
Avg CPU temp: 75F

Project: 6099 - Average TPF = 10min 18sec
10:59:54:WU00:FS01:0xa3:Completed 250000 out of 500000 steps (50%)
11:10:11:WU00:FS01:0xa3:Completed 255000 out of 500000 steps (51%)
11:20:28:WU00:FS01:0xa3:Completed 260000 out of 500000 steps (52%)
11:30:47:WU00:FS01:0xa3:Completed 265000 out of 500000 steps (53%)
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19:03:44:WU00:FS01:0xa3:Completed 485000 out of 500000 steps (97%)
19:14:04:WU00:FS01:0xa3:Completed 490000 out of 500000 steps (98%)
19:24:23:WU00:FS01:0xa3:Completed 495000 out of 500000 steps (99%)
19:34:42:WU00:FS01:0xa3:Completed 500000 out of 500000 steps (100%)
19:34:44:WU00:FS01:0xa3:DynamicWrapper: Finished Work Unit: sleep=10000
19:34:54:WU00:FS01:0xa3:
19:34:54:WU00:FS01:0xa3:Finished Work Unit:
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19:37:02:WU00:FS01:Final credit estimate, 10471.00 points
19:37:02:WU00:FS01:Cleaning up


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 Post subject: Re: Back again.... for a very short time
PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:11 am 
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Yay FedEx!!!

3 out of 4 delivered at 10:35AM this morning!!!
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big box on bottom is the Dell UltraSharp U3014 30" 2560x1600 LCD

Also picked up from L to R:
> Adata Premier Pro 32GB Micro SDHC card: AS-SSD confirms - 43MB/sec write & 77MB/sec read transfer speeds which is higher than stated spec for both

> Western Digital Red 2TB NAS HDD - couldn't pass it up with the $23 instant off promo-code!

> OCZ Vector 256GB SATA III SSD - for the laptop (the 840 Pro goes in the PC)

> Linksys (Cisco) EA6700 - 450Mb/sec wireless + 1.25Gb/sec wired for maximum 1.75Gb/sec throughput - laptop has this: IntelĀ® Dual Band AC 7260 802.11 A/AC/B/G/N 2.4/5.0GHz + Bluetooth 4.0 / WiDi | Up to 300/867Mbps (2x2) :mrgreen:

> NZXT Kraken X60 280mm AIO Water Cooler - replaces the now dead Corsair H100


Unfortunately, the 4th box is coming UPS... with their track record, it may not arrive till after 7PM tonight :evil:



Completed 2nd Work Unit about an hour ago:
Avg CPU Clock speed during this run: 3GHz
Avg CPU temp: 75F

Project 8582 - Average TPF = 11min 12.4sec
06:02:23:WU01:FS01:0xa3:Completed 250000 out of 500000 steps (50%)
06:13:33:WU01:FS01:0xa3:Completed 255000 out of 500000 steps (51%)
06:24:45:WU01:FS01:0xa3:Completed 260000 out of 500000 steps (52%)
06:35:55:WU01:FS01:0xa3:Completed 265000 out of 500000 steps (53%)
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14:48:36:WU01:FS01:0xa3:Completed 485000 out of 500000 steps (97%)
14:59:57:WU01:FS01:0xa3:Completed 490000 out of 500000 steps (98%)
15:11:15:WU01:FS01:0xa3:Completed 495000 out of 500000 steps (99%)
15:22:30:WU01:FS01:0xa3:Completed 500000 out of 500000 steps (100%)
15:22:45:WU01:FS01:0xa3:Folding@home Core Shutdown: FINISHED_UNIT
15:22:45:WU01:FS01:FahCore returned: FINISHED_UNIT (100 = 0x64)
15:22:45:WU01:FS01:Sending unit results: id:01 state:SEND error:NO_ERROR project:8582 run:0 clone:0 gen:186 core:0xa3
15:23:55:WU01:FS01:Upload complete
15:23:55:WU01:FS01:Server responded WORK_ACK (400)
15:23:55:WU01:FS01:Final credit estimate, 11517.00 points


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 Post subject: Re: Back again.... for a very short time
PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 6:53 am 
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*Drools*

Nice to see you back even if it's just for a brief spell. I was having problems with the 2x radeon 4870s in my gaming PC, so I stole the 650 Ti from my server/folding machine. Kept folding on it for a while to make a push to 20 mil, but couldn't keep it up due to heat in my home office, so now my PPD took a big dive until I can afford a new gaming card and get the 650 back to folding.

I say bring on fall, then let the folding-as-space-heater commence! :)


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 Post subject: Re: Back again.... for a very short time
PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:05 am 
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Sadly, for me, the 'space heater' thingy, won't be working out too well.... The damned Kraken X60 is just too damned good for that :lol: :lol: :lol:

Running F@H on it overnight with 1 of the two fans not working (I may not have plugged it in to the controller...), the software set to "silent", CPU clocked at a mild 3.5GHz
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In comparison: with the H100 running two 120mm fans & two 140mm fans (all 4 at max speed/pump set to max performance), and the CPU at 3.2GHz, F@H averaged 68-72C depending on Work Unit.

Once I get that second fan plugged in or replaced (as needed), there won't be much space heating going on... unless I'm encoding video & crank the CPU up to 5GHz :mrgreen: But that'll have to wait for the new case to arrive. The only place I could fit the Kraken in the current case was the side panel, & that leaves the water hoses all scrunched up disturbing the airflow within the case :|


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:06 am 
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Sadly, for me, the 'space heater' thingy, won't be working out too well.... The damned Kraken X60 is just too damned good for that :lol: :lol: :lol:

Running F@H on it overnight with 1 of the two fans not working (I may not have plugged it in to the controller...), the software set to "silent", CPU clocked at a mild 3.5GHz
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In comparison: with the H100 running two 120mm fans & two 140mm fans (all 4 at max speed/pump set to max performance), and the CPU at 3.2GHz, F@H averaged 68-72C depending on Work Unit.

Once I get that second fan plugged in or replaced (as needed), there won't be much space heating going on... unless I'm encoding video & crank the CPU up to 5GHz :mrgreen: But that'll have to wait for the new case to arrive. The only place I could fit the Kraken in the current case was the side panel, & that leaves the water hoses all scrunched up disturbing the airflow within the case :|


Of course this now means that I have absolutely NO REASON to upgrade to Ivy-Bridge E when it becomes available.


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 Post subject: Re: Back again.... for a very short time
PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:46 am 
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You really released the Kraken!! :lol: And if I had SB-E I would hang onto it for dear life, unless maybe if I had a 3820 and wanted the extra cores and unlocked multiplier, but even still, IVB-E is a pretty incremental improvement.

After I got my new 7950 I pumped it up to 1GHz and folded on it for a few days along with smp:4, was enjoying my 100k PPD but not the heat or electricity cost, so it's back to a couple low to mid-range GPUs 24/7 for me, which isn't so bad when the 650 Ti actually gets Core 17 WUs (hoping more of those come available soon, GPU QRB is nice)


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 Post subject: Re: Back again.... for a very short time
PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:53 am 
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AliusBU wrote:
You really released the Kraken!! :lol: And if I had SB-E I would hang onto it for dear life, unless maybe if I had a 3820 and wanted the extra cores and unlocked multiplier, but even still, IVB-E is a pretty incremental improvement.


Actually, from checking out all the reviews, the only improvement is in the wattage department. My overclocked 3930k performs better than a stock 4960X, but uses more electricity. But even if electric skyrocketed to $1 per KWh, it would still take 2 years to recoup the price of a 4960X in saved electricity costs.

Now anyone who does have a 3820 can get a pretty nice upgrade out of IB-E, but IMO, Intel really screwed the pooch & gave anyone who already has a 6-core CPU absolutely no reason to upgrade. I knew the improvements would be marginal, which was why I thought (around this time last year) they might release an 8-core version of IB-E as the X chip... But in everything that matters to me, there are no meaningful performance increases, 1 or 2% better just doesn't cut it for a $1k+ CPU. Now if they had delivered the same 4930k & 4960x chips in a 100W package, that could be worth an upgrade....


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:28 am 
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Definitely! There was speculation that one of the IB-E might've been 8c/16t, but looks like that will have to wait close to another year or so until Haswell-E. Meanwhile I'm sitting with my 1090T @ 3.8GHz with one of the cores disabled (my air cooler can't keep temps safe 'n' sane otherwise), and even jumping up to a 4770K would be a big step up for me. *starts saving pennies*


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 7:29 am 
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AliusBU wrote:
Definitely! There was speculation that one of the IB-E might've been 8c/16t, but looks like that will have to wait close to another year or so until Haswell-E. Meanwhile I'm sitting with my 1090T @ 3.8GHz with one of the cores disabled (my air cooler can't keep temps safe 'n' sane otherwise), and even jumping up to a 4770K would be a big step up for me. *starts saving pennies*


I went from 1055t @3.2GHz to the 3930k... for video editing, that was a GIANT leap forwards & well worth all the pennies :lol:


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