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Old May 7, 2011, 11:57 AM
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Default Am I running the right client?

I haven't done any folding since 2003 but the HWC email invite got me to give it another try. My old user ID was still in the F@H database so this time I got a passkey.

I have 2 simple machines: i7-920 stock speed, 6GB memory, nVidia 9500 GT video, Windows Vista Home Premium (main system). Athlon 7850 stock speed, 4 GB memory, video built into MB is Radeon HD 3300, Windows 7 Pro (backup and media server).

I have installed the SMP on each of them with -SMP (without a following digit) and 'big'. The i7's start up shows Gromacs GB core version 2.27 while 7850's start up shows Gromacs SMP core version 2.27

The i7's first WU was 2000000 steps and the 7850's first was 500000 steps. Each system took about 24 hours to complete the WU. Is SMP2 what I should be using? 24 hours for a WU seems quite long to me and doesn't make many PPD. I don't intend to make F@H my main focus but if the 24-hour per WU doesn't help the team much I'd like to do what I can to make more points. I do not game so CPU's on both machines are running at 100% and most of that time is F@H.

Any suggestions (other than overclocking) would be appreciated.
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Old May 7, 2011, 02:38 PM
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For a stock i7 920, you are using the right client. They need to be oc'd to about 3.4 Ghz to complete the -bigadv units on time for the bonus points. Make sure you have hyper threading (HT) on, as that will help your PPD.

You may also consider running the GPU client on your 9500 GT. It won't add tons of PPD, but if the system is on anyways, you may as well get points from it.
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Old May 7, 2011, 02:54 PM
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that card could do around 500ppd,but will steal cycles from the cpu,thus nullifying the gain or worse
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