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Old 14th Aug 2008, 12:16   #1
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51 GPU Folding@home setup is a beast

http://www.bit-tech.net/news/2008/08...g-home-setup/1

Folding@home user builds forty six GPU folding farm, processing a mind blowing 265,200 point per day!

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Old 14th Aug 2008, 12:35   #2
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I agree that Folding@Home is for a good cause... but my electricity bill is already higher than I would like, and I don't leave my systems running when they don't have to be. Of course, my electricity bill is probably so high because of a horribly power inefficient freezer.
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if he's got the money to buy that many GPUs, i doubt electricity will be a problem xD

props to him though
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go Bit-tech team! come on people!

the thing is, i highly doubt the power-to-calculation ratio that farm produces. surely it'd be more effecient to put an IBM's new super computer at work than to use a home-made processing farm. apart from the GPU's stream processors, there's also got to be CPU and hard disk/flash to power.
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I would hate to see his electricity bill!
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"It really shouldn't of come as a surprise"

you mean shouldn't HAVE come as a surprise

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That looks like an awesome setup.

The good thing about this is we will probably start to see larger institutions (interested in parallel processed research) building large numbers of these kinds of clusters - given the cheap power of the GPU, and how easy it is to get them fitted into a small space, it'd make a very effective thing indeed, rather than having big clusters of normal PC's.
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you mean shouldn't HAVE come as a surprise

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Correct it, or I'm reporting you to the Grammar Police and they're not a nice bunch of people. I've heard they're now involving some sort of revolving bull as an instrument of torture.

2nd para 'It really shouldn't of come as a surprise' - it's HAVE. HAVE. ffs.
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Bit-tech has a folding team?

I'm joining that.. I want to be in a team!
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i agree it is for a good cause

i read "folding will cure disease and lead to a brighter future for next generations"
thats not going to happen if the planet dies first though is it

carbon footprint of that rig must be massive
i understand research must be done - the intention of folding is good - but the logistics of it make it a hypocracy
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dude do you image the HEAT ! I don't care about the bill, But HEAT + NOISE! that dude will kill him self soon !!!
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This guy has way too much money. Atleast it's going towards a good cause, right?
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if he's got the money to buy that many GPUs, i doubt electricity will be a problem xD

props to him though
Too true, too true lol. That must have cost a shed full of cash.
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He could have some sort of solar/wind generators in which case they would probably pay HIM some months
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that's amazing.. I wish I had that kind of money. The folding project is genius - what a great way to help the rest of the world with geek power!
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I used to run it whenever my system was not in use, then I went to college and I can not afford to keep this thing on to play games let alone 24 hours. I am still trying to figure out a way to smart manage the energy of my home server before implementing it.
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Old 14th Aug 2008, 21:57   #19
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Huh, he only needed 500W PSUs for the quad-GPU rigs... one of them even uses a 430W Antec.

btw. assuming 13 rigs (52GPUs) with a power draw of 430W each and a price per kWh of 0.1USD his monthly bill for the farm would be about 400USD.
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If you read the forum at overclocker the guy financed the purchase through his nursing company were he takes care of people about to die and he lost some family members to cancer. He believes that the folding project will help stimulate research for the issues he has to deal with.

oh and he said that price/performance ratio is way better than using quads. aparently he sold a c2q farm to help with the initial purchase price.

edit: oh and he is running vista
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