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 Post subject: What's your Folding hardware?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:23 pm 
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I've been curious about what kind of rigs people are folding on. The discussion about willis's hardware made me want to start a general thread where people can brag/bitch about their equipment. Hell, I thought willis oversaw a server room or something. Well, I guess he kind of does.

Anyways my modest little folders are appointed thusly: first main folder started life as a cheap Dell box that I was awarded in return for saving the data on a crashed hard drive. I OC'ed the E2160 from 1.8Ghz to just under 3.0 with a BSEL mod. When I started folding on it I put in a 9600 GSO that I had laying around, eventually upgraded to a cheap used GT 430. Not much of an upgrade maybe, but it'll do Core 17 WU's (seem to run cooler than Core 15's anybody else notice that?) whereas the 9600 only did Core 11.
My other (and now main) folder is an older LGA771 dual proc server (also spoils of war) that had Xeon 5050's in it. Those are some old ass chips. Netburst. I threw in the cheapest procs from the most modern LGA771 Xeons I could find so it's now running two E5410's. About 300-400% improvement in folding and using much less power. No GPU in that machine due to mobo limitations. If anybody knows how to get a GPU folding on a SuperMicro X7DVL-3 let me know.

So, what's your Folding hardware?


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:27 am 
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A little history, my first Folding box was a P4 2.4GHz system I built myself. Slowly, I added more boxes to the program - but most of those were junk computers that people in the neighborhood had put out at the curb.
Computers that just needed a little TLC to get running again. (and Folding) Then the laws changed and throwing your old PC out with the trash was a big, fat NO NO. So, after that, I was strictly building all new Folding hardware.
All that old 'curbware' has long since been retired and carted off to the recycling center.

The current Winter fleet:

i5-650 supporting a GTX 560Ti
i5-2500
i7-860
i7-875
i5-650 supporting a GTX 460
Q9550s
Q9550 supporting a GTX 550
Celeron 440 supporting a GTX 560Ti
i7-860
E6850 supporting a GTX 650
i7-X990 (six core)
Celeron 440 supporting a GTX 650Ti
AMD Phenom II 1090T (six core)
AMD FX-8150 (eight core) with a GTX 770
i7-4770
And I have some friends that have similar vintage hardware - who agreed to allow a few of their systems to Fold under my name and passkey.

Some of these systems are still running the version 6 clients, and some have migrated to version 7. Mostly v. 7.2.9.
I have a mix of XP and Windows 7 operating systems. I used to run some Ubuntu boxes but not in the last few years.

Come the Summer, many of these boxes will have to shut down. I can run the air conditioner, or I can Fold gang-busters... but not both.


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 Post subject: Re: What's your Folding hardware?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 6:51 pm 
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At the moment I'm only folding on Six GPU's

2 - GTX 780
2 - GTX 780 Ti
2- GTX 660 Ti

These use about 60 kw-hr per day - enough to heat the lower level during the polar vortex :!:

DID I MENTION THE FAN NOISE??


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:08 am 
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I run one rig and a laptop. I try to go for efficiency :twisted:

Main rig:
- Win8.1 pro (not a fan, but can't argue with $35!) If I ever used it, I'd really consider switching!
- i7 930 OC'd to 3.6 GHz (was 3.8, but thought that may be a problem ~ it wasn't really, but never got around back to upping it)
- Radeon 7970 - by far, makes the bulk of my points (~100k+ PPD)

laptop:
2nd or 3rd gen i5 picked up as a black friday deal in 2012


I also fold on some random computers that I build or fix for family, but I don't get many, if any, points from those.


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My first folding rig was an eMachines with a single-core Athlon XP 2700+ @2.17GHz.
Now I'm using a homebrewed quad-core Athlon II X4 640 @ 3.0GHz setup.
No GPU folding here, folks. :lol:

Simple, cheap, and good for ±5500ppd. I'm happy.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 1:03 am 
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This seemes to have turned into a history thread, so ill follow suit. I think the first rig I folded on was my 2.8ghz P4 most likely overclocked around 3.2. That was around 2006, and I only folded when I was at college (free power in dorms!) And not using the pc.

After that I moved up to a q6600 (core2quad 2.4ghz), and I beleive I had my Radeon 4850 at that time (amd cards sucked for folding, but did better than the one core they took). I started with the normal client, then got a challenge from quickone86 to race to the top 1000 here, thats when it got crazy. Learned about smp clients, virtual machines, gpu clients. Also revived the p4 as well as an old 2.2ghz celeron.

Now im folding on an i5 4670k @4.3ghz and an amd r9 270x. Probably will be for a couple years because its hard to buy computer parts AND pay for cars AND save for a house. Same reason its only folding part time.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:02 pm 
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History: When i started folding I had an Athlon II x4 with a Radeon 5770. Not much folding there, but the bug hit me. I soon built a PC with a Phenom II x6 and 3 Geforce460's. 3 Core2Duo's, 2 Geforce 260's and a Geforce 450. At that time I think i was raking in up 80k PPD. Finances caused me to gut most of my hardware and reduce my power bill.

Now I have the following (mostly CPU folding):

AMD FX 8350 with 2 GeForce 260's
AMD Phenom x6
AMD Phenom x6
Sun Fire x6400 M2 server with 8 Quad Core AMD Opterons

Dont know how long I can keep it up, thats a lot of electric used and heat generated.


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 Post subject: Re: What's your Folding hardware?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 12:34 pm 
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Started folding on a Dell Dimension 510 (since retired)
Single core Pentium @ 3 GHz
HD Radeon 4350


Currently folding on 1 laptop and 1 desktop.
Laptop:
MSI with i5 480M and a Geforce 425M ( ~4000 PPD)

Desktop:
i5 3750K (@ 4.4 GHz) (~10,000 PPD)
HIS 7870 (@ 1074 MHZ) (58,000 PPD)

Looking to build folding-only machine in a couple months here... Stay posted :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: What's your Folding hardware?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 2:59 pm 
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LemurWrangler wrote:
HIS 7870 (@ 1074 MHZ) (58,000 PPD)
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That just 1 video card? Wow! That is = what my 4600 Server puts out and I am sure it does not sound like you are standing next to a jet engine.


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 Post subject: Re: What's your Folding hardware?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:25 am 
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It's pretty incredible what a mid range gpu can capture in ppd, let alone a high end gpu. Just put a SPL meter to it, and its showing 40 db (+/-3) sitting on my desktop.

Jed_bag, what does your GTX 780 Ti, 780 and 660 Ti each get in ppd? Looking at EOC, you are cranking out some amazing ppd! How many boxes do you have those cards set up in? I know you said that they are loud, but do you have an idea of the db level they produce? What kind of cooling solutions do you have in place?


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:27 am 
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devastator_2000 wrote:
LemurWrangler wrote:
HIS 7870 (@ 1074 MHZ) (58,000 PPD)
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That just 1 video card? Wow! That is = what my 4600 Server puts out and I am sure it does not sound like you are standing next to a jet engine.


That card should be doing more than that even, that's the same GPU inside the 270x and I get about 58-60k PPD every 21 hours on EOC, occationally dipping in under 18 hours. So although it is usually 59k per day, once a week or so I get an extra 59k.

If you want BIG PPD devastator, get a couple $200 GPUs, dont worry about CPUs for folding anymore.


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 Post subject: Re: What's your Folding hardware?
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R3D88 wrote:
If you want BIG PPD devastator, get a couple $200 GPUs, dont worry about CPUs for folding anymore.

Depends on your motivation. I think that the CPU WUs are different projects. They still need done as far as the research is concerned, although agreed they do not pull in the kinds of points GPUs do.


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 Post subject: Re: What's your Folding hardware?
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Yea, CPU folding is still important, and I'm sure no one just runs GPU while the other 1, 3, or 7 threads are idle on the CPU, so always fold with both, but most people are worried about PPD/dollar, and GPUs have that no contest now.

On top of per part price, to run 2 or 3 cpus, you (usually) need 2 or 3 cases/power supplies/mobos/ram kits/hds.... where as with the right motherboard, you can fit 3 GPUs or even 4 with just one set of supporting equipment.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 6:01 am 
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Yeah, for nearly any measure now, GPUs take the cake, the whole cake.
Not at all long ago bigadv was the best way to go (and is still excellent considering PPD/W; 500k+ PPD from one machine is awesome), but with the impending close of the program, that road will be closed :(

I have a 7970 and consistently get an average of 110k PPD from it when everything is running well. Not too shabby for a $300 investment ;) That and my CPU pull around 410W 24/7, so power isn't the worst either. Gets me an average total of 125k PPD if things are running well.

For the history, I started with a Phenom II 720 as my first main folding rig. I did have a dual core AMD rig before that, but remember nearly nothing about it. About a year 1/2 later, I built my current machine. I've gone through many folding GPUs. From a 9600 GSO to a 9800x2 to a 460 & 2x450 to a 650 to my current card.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:58 am 
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here is a ride in the wayback machine. I have been running the same basic machine for years, an asus maximus formula x38 (the first good rog board) water cooled board with the first water cooler that corsair made, the nautilus 500. it started life with a e6700 then a q6600 and now with a q9550. it had 4gig of OCZ 5-5-5-15 memory upgraded to 8gig after they quit making memory, took more than a year to find a match for what was already in there. do not remember the first video card I had in it, but have had 8800gts, 260/216, 560ti, and at present a 570hd classified. I only buy EVGA and all of them still work.

when I bought the q9550 I got another formula board (not water cooled) which I kept as a spare, but my sons board died so now its in his machine. with the 560ti.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:01 pm 
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I love my ROG mobo. Its a little more entry level, but still kick ass and way better than anything else I've had.


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 Post subject: Re: What's your Folding hardware?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 5:42 am 
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I started out folding on my daily driver, an FX62 and 8800gtx in late 2008. May 2009 I built my 1st dedicated rig, E6600 and dual 8800GT's. I soon added a 3rd 8800 then started upgrading them, 1st one was a GTS250, then I got an EVGA 275/250 combo card. Then I swapped the E6600 to an Athlon x4 620 and retired the last 8800gt in favour of a GTX 460, then I upgraded the Athlon to a x6 1090T.

In the meantime I had swapped teams and joined [H] and I got a serious case of upgradeitis. I snagged a dual 1366 board from a team mate and got a pair of x5670's around xmas 2010. This was just after the start of BA when it still ran on the A3 core in windows, then I managed to get hold of a Dual L5640 rig just as BA went to Linux only and [H] started looking at 4p's, At this point my x6 gpu rig was retired and became my daily driver. Late 2011 I snagged a 2nd L5640 so had 3 machines on the go for about 400k PPD. After the BA requirements changed in early 2012 my L5640's could no longer fold BA in time - although they were 24threads, the clock speed was too low for 8101 (everything else was OK). One got switched to SMP and the other became my daily driver folding SMP overnight. Late 2012, as 8101 was joined by the other projects I switched my L5640 from SMP to Ba, if I got a 8101 I just swapped HDD with my 5670 rig and finished the WU on that. I also scored a pair of E5-2665's from a team mate so retired the L5640 rigs again in march 13 and just had the 2 running. fast forward to July and I got my 3rd folding rig up and running SMP only - now netting about 450k PPD.

As [H] was in a perpetual arms race I was always scouring ebay and came across the bargain of a life time (at the time). It was just after Ivy was released and someone had posted up for sale a pair of 2640v2's - only they weren't, the photo of the actual item showed a pair of 12 core cpu's (they are bigger than the other ivy xeons). Got them for $1400 and proceeded to built yet another rig. At this point is was doing ~900k PPD on dual x5670's, 2665's and 2692 v2's. Then came the announcement about the end of BA and [H] started to offload hardware en masse. Gut a dual 2670 rig for the princely sum of $600 and promptly retired both L5640's and switched the x5670 to my daily driver (not folding). Now i'm able to get just over 1m PPD from the machines using 853w from the wall.

Unless I can score cheap cpu upgrades though, it is likely to be a long period of running as is - there is no longer the same incentive for hardware upgrades but even after the end of BA I will still be able to get over 400k PPD. I dread to look at the total investment to date but its around £8k in 5 years.


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Wow you've spent a lot of money on Folding. Had a lot of fun, too I bet. It's a shame about the end of bigadv. You got to put together some pretty cool rigs.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2014 3:51 am 
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LemurWrangler wrote:
Jed_bag, what does your GTX 780 Ti, 780 and 660 Ti each get in ppd? Looking at EOC, you are cranking out some amazing ppd! How many boxes do you have those cards set up in? I know you said that they are loud, but do you have an idea of the db level they produce? What kind of cooling solutions do you have in place?


Sorry I missed this earlier. I have 3 computers running at the moment. Each has 2 matching video cards. I'm not running any CPU or SMP folding. No overclocking, just stock clocks. The 780's are the blower style fans - you can hear em in the back ground but they are not too loud - I don't have a sound level meter.

The GTX 780 cards are producing 158k, & 185k.

The GTX 780 Ti cards are producing 182k & 196k.

The 660 Ti cards are producing 73k & 73k.

I'm limited by the electric bill (61 kw-hr avg last month) and heat in my basement (77F this morning).

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Not running due to being out of work for a year now... but:

AsRock X79 Extreme9 motherboard with 16GB DDR3-2133 & i7-3930K 6-core / 12 thread processor capable of hitting 4.4GHz overclock.
Zotac GTX 660 GPU - hits 1240MHz boost clock
Gigabyte GTX 660 Ti Superclocked - hits 1332MHz boost clock

Not that it matters too much with the announcement that BigAdv will be ending next January... but just found out my motherboard now supports all E5-26xx V2 Xeon processors up to & including the mac-daddy Xeon E5-2697 v2(C1) Ivy Bridge-EP 2.7GHz 130W 12 core / 24 thread :mrgreen:


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