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Everything posted by endorphiend

  1. Personally I wouldn't overclock any further. I try and keep my CPU around 65-67C and my GPU's around 70C. Granted, since I run it 24/7, I tend to err on the side of caution.
  2. I think your current setup looks great. SMP is definitely the way to go over running separate console clients. I would experiment with running -smp 11 with four GPUs -- I think you'll get better results since the GPU clients don't use many CPU cycles. When I have my setup running all out, I use -smp 7 for my CPU and leave the last thread open for my two GPUs. Looking at task manager, my 8th thread is running around 50%, so you may be able to operate 4 GPU clients off one CPU thread. Test it out by running -smp 11 with all four GPUs and check your GPU load in MSI Afterburner. Also, just to clean things up, GPUs don't run -bigadv units (to my knowledge) so you could get rid of that flag for your GPU client.
  3. Be careful putting it in the freezer. Yes, it keeps the hardware cold, but if you fire up the *liquid* crystal display (LCD) when it's below freezing you're at risk for destroying it.
  4. Did you check to see if your username and/or pass key are still entered correctly? No clue why that would be impacted by your internet going down, but it's the main reason I'd think they wouldn't register.
  5. I hope everyone who started folding for the contest, will continue folding now that it's over. Especially the winners!
  6. In order to get SMP work units, you need to make sure you specify "big" work units when doing the configuration. You should see "bigpackets=big" in your "client" configuration file. This is probably the easiest detail to overlook -- did you set this part up correctly? That tool looks great, I'm going to have to check that out. Thanks! Yes it is. I use it daily. What error are you getting? In other news: woot, broke 3 million! :foldon:
  7. I have to agree with SpeedCrazy. To get the best of all worlds, you're going to want to dish out for a DSLR so you can change lenses. Although if your definition of "fast" auto focus, and "good" image quality and "great" zoom is different from mine, you may be able to find a point in shoot which does the job for you. After much research the best entry level DSLR, in my opinion, is the Nikon d3100 which will run you $650 for the body + one lens.
  8. I've been looking at cameras lately too, although I'm intending to get a DSLR to get into photography as a hobby; I've found a ton of useful information on www.kenrockwell.com. The best recommendation I'm finding on his site in your price range is the Canon SX210, which was on your list. What are you using it for? This particular camera has great zoom, but doesn't track motion well. Are you taking pictures of sports/etc, or friends who are posing for a picture? Also, just a tid bit of information to add since you're focusing heavily on shutter lag: almost no cameras have perceivable shutter lag, although most people believe they do. Every modern camera uses two phases to take a picture -- pressing the button half way causes auto focus to happen (which people interpret as shutter lag). Expensive cameras will auto focus faster due to faster processors/etc. Once it is auto focused, almost every camera will instantly take the picture (i.e. less than 30ms). Hope this helps.
  9. 1) Get a Border Collie. 2) Give him enough exercise so he doesn't destroy your apartment/house. 3) Profit. Oh, and cut the soda.
  10. My rule of thumb: I only fix something for free if it's an extremely close friend (i.e. someone I would trust with the keys to my apartment). Even then, I'll usually snag a free dinner out of the deal because in reality I'm saving them $100+.
  11. Nice going Water Hazard, you're blazing man.
  12. 3000 is with the bonus. You'll need to turn in 10 WU's with the pass key before you're valid for the bonus, but after that you're golden.
  13. Congrats on the job! A few tips as a newcomer: Slow down and be exceedingly careful while testing your code -- this was my biggest stumbling point early on. In school getting something 90-95% of the way there gets you an A and is good enough. In a professional environment if it breaks even 0.1% of the time you're going to hear about it. It takes longer, but you'll earn your coworkers trust much faster this way. If you have a large ego, leave it at the door. Have an open mind about their way of doing things, even if you think you could suggest a better way. They don't want the new guy telling them what to do. If they aren't giving you much to do early on, don't hesitate to ask coworkers if they have any small tasks you could take over for them.
  14. Using a passkey will get you a bonus on SMP work units, but not GPU work units.
  15. You can also try undervolting the GPUs while maintaining the stock clocks. Some manufacturers have the default voltages wayyy too high. I saw my temps go down about 5-6C by doing this.
  16. I looked at your [email protected] numbers on extremeoverclocking.com. I believe your low PPD is due to not folding 24/7, since I'm noticing a pretty sizable gap between each work unit completed. If you miss the preferred deadline, you'll lose your bonus since you need to get 80% of WU's back on time to be eligible for the bonus. If you are folding 24/7, is there something else on your computer that could be taking up a lot of processor time (video encoding, gaming, spyware)? The rules for the bonus (if I recall correctly) are: - Fold with a passkey - Have 10+ SMP work units completed - Return 80% or more before the preferred deadline Also, the quicker the WU gets done, the bigger the bonus!
  17. Nah, just fah6 -smp 7 when I startup (-smp 8 if I'm not using my GPU's). I have the WU size set to "big" if that matters. I'm using the 6.30 console client. Right now I have a crappy WU (project 6701) and am getting ~10,000 PPD. Unit's worth 6000 points, but gonna take about 14 hours to finish.
  18. Are you setup using a passkey, if you're getting points that low? The bonus points from a passkey are huuuuge! I haven't been using the -bigadv flag lately, there seems to be a huge shortage of bigadv units so I took it off for the time being.
  19. Are you setup correctly? My 930 @ 4 ghz gives around 14-17k ppd depending on the work unit.
  20. I got a free slot and temps are in a comfortable range. I could use it for PhysX when I'm not folding; as if that will ever happen this winter, I use my computer as a space heater
  21. I agree with the rest here that a different thermal paste will get you at most a 1-2C improvement. However, make sure you read up on how to apply it correctly, because a bad application will make even the best paste perform poorly.
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