|Best Performance per Watt for Folding@Home|
|Written by HardwareSecrets|
|Thursday, 30 October 2008|
We got so excited in participating in the Folding@Home project that we built as many high performance systems we could running both the SMP and GPU clients. We were very happy with the results until we received our first electricity bill: our energy consumption more than doubled - and we haven't even had our systems running 24/7 for 30 days! Since we still wanted to contribute as much as we can to Folding@Home, we decided to go in a quest to find out if there is a way to score lots of points at Folding@Home and, at the same time, not going bankrupt. We got all video cards we had available here in our lab to see which one provided the best performance/consumption ratio. Check it out.
If you are not familiar with the Folding@Home project, it is a project sponsored by Stanford University for using computers all around the world to make protein folding simulations in order to find cure for certain diseases. You can collaborate with the project by installing a client on your PC and, when your PC is idle, it automatically downloads, calculates and sends the results back to Stanford. Thus they can have the largest supercomputer in the world (made by the collaborative effort from all people participating in the project) without spending a dime. HardwareSecrets