I'm in the process of planning a Windows Home Server build (think Windows Server 2003). It will have a cheap dual core (thinking E6300 or those 45nm Athlon II X2's) and most likely 2 gigs of RAM. I'm not looking at super low power Atom or even "regular" single core CPUs because I want folding to be a secondary function of the box.
Given the recent string of crappy SMP WUs I am beginning to think that may be I should get a cheap GPU just to make a decent points contribution. However I seemed to recall that when I was GPU folding the HD3450 (it was just a "will it work" test) on an XP system, whenever I connect to the system over Remote Desktop, the GPU driver "resets" and the GPU folding client quits. My recently upgraded Win7 RC system with HD4550 does not seem to have this problem with me connecting over Remote Desktop and the GPU folding client continuing to run. I don't have a free box right now to test so I am asking, "on Windows Server 2003, will Remote Desktop stop GPU folding?" Would someone please try that for me?
Also, the debate with this server also includes whether I should stick with CPU folding for the lower power consumption (and by consequence heat generation
). My experience suggests that even with an overclocked dual folding flat out, it would be hard to draw more than 100W at the wall
. However, adding even a low end foldable GPU
would add at least 30W to the power draw which will make the room hotter during the summer. This WHS box is going to be pretty much "set it and forget it" and I don't want too much trouble. Ventilation inside the case should not be a problem, the system build review should follow soon in SBA as I finalize the component list. I just need to figure out if it is even possible to entertain the idea of GPU folding on that box when the only means to access it will be via RDP.
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