I'm also glad we've got a fun group of people here who can sure fold like crazy
My PPD output sure has changed since I started in 2011, and I know many have been around oodles longer than I have. (better late than never?
If you run into issues doing normal things, you can set your number of folding cores one more lower or lower the settings in the folding client (from full to medium on the slider or high to normal in the config tab). If you really want to tweak things for your particular setup you can use a program called process lasso and tweak per core for priority.
I've had good luck with WinAFC for core control; it's free and it is hyper-threading aware as well, albeit a bit technical to configure in the first place.
A quickie question for AliusBU , How many PPD does the 290 produce? My GTX980 gives a little over 300,000 per day but it doesn't give that on EVERY work unit. Some workunits really grind out and produce much less. Fortunately I am not getting a lot of them at this time.
I'm going to have to do a little guesstimation to try and answer that Q, but here goes: Since I began folding 24/7 on my gaming PC in the colder months (which drastically beefs up PPD above my 'summer folder' which is my home server - Core i5-3570 folding smp:3 and GTX 650 Ti also folding), I have been averaging about 163k PPD for both machines. Since my server rarely pushes more than about 30k PPD, the rest of that comes from the R9 290 and my i7-4770K folding smp:6 (I've been leaving one real core available to support the GPU folding). I stopped folding on the CPU in my gaming rig to give my power supply a break now that I got the second 290, but I believe it was getting no more than 8 or 10k PPD.
Based on the above, I'm guessing each R9 290 (not overclocked at all, recently upgraded to the new Catalyst Omega drivers) is probably averaging about 125k PPD. The V7 client seems to think they're getting closer to 150k each, but its estimates always seem a little goofy to me - it just jumped to estimating 387k for both cards while I was writing this. I have also been very lucky lately because I seem to be getting nothing but Core 17 WUs, and they seem to average out to pretty consistent PPD.
I'm hoping my new winter overall PPD should settle in around 280k, and maybe some days I might even squeeze past 300. Yesterday it looks like I got 285k and EOC right now tells me my points in the last 24 hours = 360k. I also just realized (thanks to writing this post, so thank you!!!) my other machine had stopped folding after it rebooted, so yesterday's total should've been even higher.
The elephant in the room is your 980 blows me out of the water in efficiency. I have my kill-a-watt hooked to my gaming PC right now, and it is sucking a solid 480-500W from the wall with the 2 GPUs folding and me typing this post in Firefox. If I actually get my mail-in rebate though, that (+ the coupon code I used) brought the price of my new card down to $225, so, for me, that price was right. My PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750W seems to be holding up so far even for gaming, even though I know I'm pushing it pretty hard. It also turns out my old UPS can't handle more than 450W of load, so that was my unintentional downside to this whole endeavor. Not that the UPS kept me running for more than a minute or two anyway, but it came in handy for those freak power blips.Edit:
My 125k estimate for my 290s might be a little low; could be closer to ~145k. I went back and checked on my 650 Ti, and at least some of the time it has been getting those Core 18 WUs that kill its PPD (almost cut in half from 25k+ to 13k). It sounds like that's probably what you're getting with the 980 too. I hope they get that sorted out, because it seems like it's not really optimized yet, or at least seems out of balance compared to the Core 17 WUs.