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Old May 1, 2012, 06:11 PM
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As the title says, I am looking for suggestions wrt what cards to use in the upcoming CC!
Last year I crammed in a Radeon HD5750 to run games while folding on my GTX460 and a GF9600GSO.. but I no longer have that 5750 nor any similarly performing cards for running games and the 9600GSO is a pretty low PPD card. As are the GT220, GF8600GT, and Radeon 3850 I also have floating around.

tbh I could get by without running many games atm and just borrow a few hours from the 460 that week to run GTLegends and things would be good. That way I can fold on three cards instead of just two!

At the moment it looks like I could use the GTX460, 9600GSO and GT220.. but.. not much PPD. :/ It would be great to replace the 9600 and gt220.
I cannot run two dual slot cards of modern size because the second one blocks _all_ of my onboard SATA ports if it is the same shape and size as a ref GTX460.
So I am looking for options for:
a) Two single slot cards.
b) single slot card and a dual slot card with short cooler.

The motherboard I am working with is a Gigabyte MA790GP-DS4H with the end of the bottom 1x PCI-E slot cut out. Making my available slots listed below.
I have a Corsair TX750W, so powering a bunch of these older/slower cards is not very difficult.

PCI-E 1x (limited by NB heatsink and will be used my my RAID 0 setup anyway)
PCI-E 16x (GTX460)
PCI-E 1x (GTX460 cooler)
PCI-E 1x (cut end, can take a large single slot card)
PCI-E 16x (can take a long card but limited by SATA ports on the end requiring a skinny end)
PCI 32bit (cooler for above, but even further limited by SATA ports.)
PCI 32bit (sound card)


So, what cards should I request in my BST thread that would be suitable?
Or should I just stick with a 15k PPD or so ballpark figure and use the GTX460, 9600GSO & GT220?
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Old May 1, 2012, 07:13 PM
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Good question, to which I have no answer. I haven't folded with GPUs for quite sometime. I'm sure GPU folders will reply with compatible cards.
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Old May 1, 2012, 07:16 PM
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MSI GTX460 Cyclones are a good bang for the buck.
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Old May 1, 2012, 09:50 PM
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Looking at the Cyclone and at a ref 460's heatsink... How about I just remove the shroud of any reference model and poke it into that bottom PCI-E slot?
The Cyclone has a bigger fan and heatsink it looks like. but. *shrug*
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There was an analysis done last year for the various cards:

What is the Most Efficient Graphics Card for Folding? | bit-tech.net
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Old May 2, 2012, 08:57 AM
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Neat, and thank you for the link, but I have now determined that I may as well go for a GTX460 since it runs at the same temp with the shroud missing and also clears my SATA ports! :)
This way I can SLI once CC is done since I am not looking to buy a new current gfx card this generation.
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you can SLI it anytime does not impend with anything the SLI, gpus will still be seen as two independent entities, as they are on a 9800GX2 let's say
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