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    GPU old & new !

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    We have also updated the GPU client on the download page, with GPU client downloads pointing to GPU2 rather than GPU1. This is a major step forward for FAH, as we move to our second generation GPU client ("GPU2"). It's also an important time to note the contributions of the GPU1 client: we've been able to learn a great deal of running GPU's "in the wild," which is very different than in the lab, and what we've learned has gone into GPU2. GPU2 is much easier to run, more reliable scientifically, and has more advanced algorithms. Due to these differences, GPU1 has become obsolete. However, we are working to write a paper with what we've learned from GPU1 and acquiring data for that paper will need some more GPU1 cycles.
    Thus, we will continue the GPU1 projects for a little while longer (likely a month or so), while we encourage people to transition to GPU2. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has run the GPU1 client and given us such useful data to advance to the second generation client. So far, the GPU2 client has become a success, with many more people running it than GPU1, in just two days. We are also working to improve the performance of GPU2 and one should expect to see core updates on a regular basis as we improve the software. Finally, we are also considering points modifications to make sure that the compensation is reasonable.
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    Source here:
    http://folding.typepad.com/news/2008...es-to-the.html


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    And all of those people who spent their hard earned money on 1xxx series of Vid Cards and the aftermarket cooling devices to fold with are now expendable. What a waste. You gotta feel sorry for them. F@H is really taking a step backwards with this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrNovi View Post
    And all of those people who spent their hard earned money on 1xxx series of Vid Cards and the aftermarket cooling devices to fold with are now expendable. What a waste. You gotta feel sorry for them. F@H is really taking a step backwards with this one.

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    Where did it say that the 1xxx series is off the HW list ?


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    Re: GPU old & new !

    Quote Originally Posted by noorman View Post
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    Where did it say that the 1xxx series is off the HW list ?


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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What hardware does the new client/core support?

    The client runs on all hardware supported by the AMD Compute Abstraction Layer (CAL), i.e. R6xx hardware, Radeon 2400 and above. The 3870 X2 has not been tested with both cores active, but running on 1 core does currently work.
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    Re: GPU old & new !

    That is indeed unfortunate. I can't help but wonder if them not having the X19xx cards on the list isn't just an oversight, and that the newer cards aren't just new additions.

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    Re: GPU old & new !

    So I guess that means my nvidia 6600 won't run it- nerts. That would have been nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clawhammer View Post
    So I guess that means my nvidia 6600 won't run it- nerts. That would have been nice.
    NVidia GPU's can't perform accurate enough mathematical calculations to fold, they round off too much for that. It doesn't make any difference in the way they output the display to a screen, but F@H can't tolerate that and give accurate results.

    Plus, NVidia has never stepped up to the plate like ATI has. They don't seem to have much interest in folding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BWM View Post
    That is indeed unfortunate. I can't help but wonder if them not having the X19xx cards on the list isn't just an oversight, and that the newer cards aren't just new additions.

    http://foldingforum.org/viewtopic.ph...d=a&hilit=1xxx
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    Re: GPU old & new !

    Thanks

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    I still dearly love my 1950 Pros. Very fast and superb display quality for anything I do

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    Re: GPU old & new !

    Well this is as good as it gets with the x2. Crossfire is enabled but it should not matter.
    Project : 4701
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    Min. Time / Frame : 45s - 1862.40 ppd
    Avg. Time / Frame : 45s - 1862.40 ppd
    Cur. Time / Frame : 47s - 1783.15 ppd
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    Eff. Time / Frame : 9mn 09s - 152.66 ppd
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    Re: GPU old & new !

    Quote Originally Posted by clawhammer View Post
    So I guess that means my nvidia 6600 won't run it- nerts. That would have been nice.
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    nVidia had no really useable cards (internal hardware configuration) at the time they started this project and ATI was very willing to assist with driver coding and fixing to help ATI cards run the GPU client !

    Now, nVidia is a longterm future thing; they effectively missed the train ...


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    Re: GPU old & new !

    nVidia strikes me as all for gaming, and little if anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrNovi View Post
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    OK, got it !




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    Re: GPU old & new !

    No problem. I've been following a few threads on a couple of other forums about this issue which has helped keep me up to date on it.

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