Life of compatibility with 88*

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Life of compatibility with 88*

Postby Ahavi » Sat Aug 09, 2008 12:44 pm

I'm thinking of investing in a motherboard with 4 PCI-E slots for investing in cheap 8800s over time. How long can I expect to have these cards running before Folding@Home doesn't want them anymore?
I fold with: 9800GX2, 8800 GS, 1,3GHz Athlon and 1,8GHz Athlon 64
I BOINC with: Q6600 2,4GHz and Athlon X2 2,2GHz
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Re: Life of compatibility with 88*

Postby Xilikon » Sat Aug 09, 2008 12:55 pm

It's hazardous to predict exactly what happen in the future (you could be dead tomorrow) but I do expect those 8800 cards will last a good while. CUDA won't disappear overnight since there is a increasing rate of adoption not only for F@H but in the medical, engineering or graphics field as well for parallel computation.

It's also hazardous to invest in parts only for folding since it's a bit unpredictable (think of the GPU1 fate and X19xx owners cut off).
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Re: Life of compatibility with 88*

Postby Ahavi » Sat Aug 09, 2008 1:02 pm

Yes, that is why I ask. That is why I, in the first place, just wanted SMP. CPUs are very handy because they can run anything which I guess might benefit the project better, but they can also support other projects. But when I see the PPD for GPUs I drool with team spirit. After all, it's not like they we're gonna run out of work units for GPUs.

It would be really nice if someone from Stanford could give a hint on the lifetime expectancy on this topic even if nothing is clear and I shouldn't base my investment on it.

you could be dead tomorrow)

Naw, you don't need health insurance in this country. :mrgreen:
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Re: Life of compatibility with 88*

Postby Xilikon » Sat Aug 09, 2008 1:45 pm

This has been debated before and Stanford said that as long as CUDA is around, it will be around. 1-2 years would be a reasonable expectation.
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Re: Life of compatibility with 88*

Postby Zebulon84 » Sat Aug 09, 2008 6:25 pm

GPU 1 was only beta.
GPU 2 is now released as a stable client => it should last longer.

But 4 8800 just for folding seams an energy waist to me.
YMMV (just learned this one).
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Re: Life of compatibility with 88*

Postby jerryt74332 » Sat Aug 09, 2008 10:57 pm

Zebulon84 wrote:GPU 1 was only beta.
But 4 8800 just for folding seams an energy waist to me.
YMMV (just learned this one).


:eo OH crap I got 7 8800 folding + 3more coming (soon), did not know I was wasting energy, Going to pull the plug now.
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Re: Life of compatibility with 88*

Postby DjSoulshot » Sat Aug 09, 2008 11:43 pm

jerryt74332 wrote:
Zebulon84 wrote:GPU 1 was only beta.
But 4 8800 just for folding seams an energy waist to me.
YMMV (just learned this one).


:eo OH crap I got 7 8800 folding + 3more coming (soon), did not know I was wasting energy, Going to pull the plug now.

Noooooo :mrgreen:

I'm sure you'd be very happy with that investment, i'm thinking 4 x 8800GT might now be very hard to get these days, and that would be an awesome amount of work!
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Re: Life of compatibility with 88*

Postby jim1sdca » Sun Aug 10, 2008 5:25 am

You could always save up and get 4 9800GX2s. You'd have a heck of a power bill and room heater but your PPD would be over 44K with a little OC on the gpu! :)
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