axeman wrote:I thought I'd start a separate thread for this, I started rambling about my 8800GT 512MB not getting the PPD it should have in the "call to arms thread". And the solution was:
MAKE SURE YOU ARE USING THE LATEST DRIVERS if you want the best possible output from the GPU2 client.
In the middle of a WU, I upgrade my drivers from the "current" WHQL 175.19 drivers to the latest beta NVIDIA has publicly available, 177.79
With the same WU, PPD went from ~2900 to ~4600 Avg. time per step went from over 2 minutes to 1:30
TheEmrys wrote: I don't believe 175.19 was EVER recommended.
TheEmrys wrote:[...] The recommended CUDA driver was 177.35. As long as the drivers are a CUDA driver, you should be fine. Also, the latest physix/CUDA drivers are great. Gave my 9600GT a bump from 3700ppd to 3800ppd.
Ragnar Dan wrote:TheEmrys wrote:[...] The recommended CUDA driver was 177.35. As long as the drivers are a CUDA driver, you should be fine. Also, the latest physix/CUDA drivers are great. Gave my 9600GT a bump from 3700ppd to 3800ppd.
And thus the natural question for those of us who don't normally play around with updating drivers: where does one find these latest CUDA drivers? All I can find on nVidia's site are the 177.35 version which I've had since July 10 or so when I began using them in my 8800GT-256MB.
It shouldn't have to be said that if one is going to claim a thread has important information, it would be helpful to include such things. Even if you're replying with a correction.
jeffry55 wrote:Good thread Axeman!
axeman wrote:jeffry55 wrote:Good thread Axeman!
Thanks, it's nice to contribute to the cause! GPU-based folding has really renewed my interest in folding, especially after being frustrated by SMP issues, and the output from the standard client as far as PPD goes is so little by comparison now. I know it's for a good cause, and the standard clients are still important, but we all know the competition of the whole thing is really what drives interest in it.
As an aside, I've started to wonder if this whole effort is a wise use of resources... Cancer research is important, but is conserving energy usage (global warming, not to mention rising energy prices) something that should take precedence in the short-term? I've made my decision based largely on the fact that I end up leaving at least a couple of machines on 24/7 in my house already as it is, so the added energy consumption is probably negligible, especially compared to the kWH the A/C uses this time of year. And in the winter, we need to heat the house anyhow... ; Although electricity is more expensive than the natural gas the furnace uses, it is somewhat more likely to come from a more renewable source (hydro-electric), though it could come from coal (even worse, at least from current coal plants). Not to mention I drive a 12 year old V8-powered gas guzzler on my daily commute, so I'm probably just a hypocrite.
jeffry55 wrote:axeman wrote:Not to mention I drive a 12 year old V8-powered gas guzzler on my daily commute, so I'm probably just a hypocrite.
12 years old?! That's no gas guzzler............................. that's a classic!!
Ragnar Dan wrote:axeman: You'll have to decide on the value of your energy use and its cost for yourself, but if you're concerned about the media-popularized worries of the day about energy scarcity or AGW, I'd just say there are ways to find out the truth about such matters. Official theories (politically chosen, taxpayer-funded outside of the normal competitive pressures proper science faces) don't have a very good track record over extended periods. Of those two, the latter is now hanging by a thread, and only doing that well because of such funding.
Pegasus wrote:Sounds about right for that card. Although doing a quick search of 8600GTS ppd shows a few doing 1400 or 1700 ppd with that model. 7-8 hours time. What drivers are you using? Search cuda 177.35 drivers or maybe the newest ones that came with the physX stuff.
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