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How AMD/ATi owners can save TR from embarrassment

Postposted on Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:58 am

Or more precisely, how AMD/ATi video card owners can save TR's folding team from shameful inconsequentiality:

On April 13, Ronald Hanaki's Shortbread linked a decent article on Hardware Canucks about the new (open beta) GPU folding client that allows 5000 and 6000 series AMD cards to produce nearly twice as many points as they have been doing, though there are particular configuration steps one must take in order to get the (so far apparently) one new WU that produces the improved results. Once Stanford begins releasing more Work Units, one can expect AMD-heavy sites to increase their output significantly. It would be a good thing if TR was among them, especially since GPU folding clients can be run when users are at their desktops and doing normal 2D mode tasks, and still finish WU's quickly, useful for the effort and our team. Though they can be run while users are doing heavy graphics things too, it usually slows things down for both folding and the program being run. And apparently AMD's video decoder can't be run while folding, according to the piece.

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/42471-f-h-core-16-taking-amd-gpu-folding-next-level.html

For those who want to test it without reading the short article, the beta's here: https://fah-web.stanford.edu/projects/FAHClient/wiki/BetaRelease
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Re: How AMD/ATi owners can save TR from embarrassment

Postposted on Thu Apr 21, 2011 5:04 pm

What about the HD4000 series?
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Re: How AMD/ATi owners can save TR from embarrassment

Postposted on Thu Apr 21, 2011 5:09 pm

cynan wrote:What about the HD4000 series?


Sorry, that's a no go. HD5xxx and later.
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Re: How AMD/ATi owners can save TR from embarrassment

Postposted on Thu Apr 21, 2011 5:24 pm

Guess it's about time I put the 5770 back in that i took out when I had some unexplained power issues. I havent read the article yet, does this mean ATI cards will be comparable to Nvidia ppd now?
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Re: How AMD/ATi owners can save TR from embarrassment

Postposted on Thu Apr 21, 2011 5:27 pm

rogue426 wrote:Guess it's about time I put the 5770 back in that i took out when I had some unexplained power issues. I havent read the article yet, does this mean ATI cards will be comparable to Nvidia ppd now?


Not quite that high. This is only the first beta though. I imagine we can expect gains over the next couple years.
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Re: How AMD/ATi owners can save TR from embarrassment

Postposted on Thu Apr 21, 2011 5:30 pm

DancinJack wrote:
rogue426 wrote:Guess it's about time I put the 5770 back in that i took out when I had some unexplained power issues. I havent read the article yet, does this mean ATI cards will be comparable to Nvidia ppd now?


Not quite that high. This is only the first beta though. I imagine we can expect gains over the next couple years.

I just read the article, this might change my plans on a 560Ti for a 6950 instead
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Re: How AMD/ATi owners can save TR from embarrassment

Postposted on Wed Aug 03, 2011 3:12 pm

I read the Hardware Canucks review back when it was published and again about two months ago. I am considering upgradeing my GTX 460 to an HD6950 but how are these doing on PPD now? Have there been anymore reviews such as this one with more current information using current drivers? Any links to another update or review of the current state of the HD 6000 series in Folding PPD would be appreciated.
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