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Message 35800 - Posted: 14 Dec 2008, 17:42:58 UTC

According to Nvidia the cuda-power of a graphics card depends to a high degree on the cuda-application itsself.Therefore, what is the best graphics card for the seti@home application and a PC?
On the one hand it needs gpu-power, on the other hand the power consumption shouldn't be too much.
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Message 35924 - Posted: 16 Dec 2008, 15:06:47 UTC - in response to Message 35800.

According to Nvidia the cuda-power of a graphics card depends to a high degree on the cuda-application itsself.Therefore, what is the best graphics card for the seti@home application and a PC?
On the one hand it needs gpu-power, on the other hand the power consumption shouldn't be too much.


a GTX 260 or GTX 280 is the way to go.

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Message 35936 - Posted: 16 Dec 2008, 23:11:01 UTC

is cost the thing as in best price to power or just the fastest you can get?

best money can buy for inside the computer
http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_tesla_c1060_us.html

down next
http://www.nvidia.com/page/quadroplex.html

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http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_quadro_fx_5800_us.html

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then the 280 then the 260 and so on

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Message 35953 - Posted: 17 Dec 2008, 5:21:22 UTC - in response to Message 35936.

is cost the thing as in best price to power or just the fastest you can get?
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Then add on power and cooling requirements. "Best" might be the one which produces the most work for the least energy input unless the host is helping with house heating. Some may even require a new power supply, which adds to the purchase price.
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Message 35985 - Posted: 17 Dec 2008, 16:05:48 UTC

its all give and take and ea person need to make the line in the sand some where for them

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Message 35991 - Posted: 17 Dec 2008, 19:37:16 UTC

In fact I am searching for a GPU-benchmark referring to setihome-cuda. A graphics card that is ten times more exspensive than another one doesn't need to be ten times quicker too. Moreover, a general benchmark for cuda applications is not sufficient.
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Message 36003 - Posted: 17 Dec 2008, 21:09:23 UTC - in response to Message 35991.

You can bench specifically for CUDA MB by running it standalone and measure wall-clock runtime by KWSN benchmark for example, go to Lunatics site and download that benchmark from there.

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Message 36017 - Posted: 17 Dec 2008, 23:21:52 UTC

in one of my Hosts

Asus P5B, Intel® Core 2 Quad Q6600, Thermalright SI-128 und nem Papst Silent - 120 ,mit 4 x 1Gig GSkill PC800 DDR2 Speicher, Graka Nforce 7.600GS, TV-Karte Technotrend TT-DVB-Pci, 750 Gig Sata Samsung, und 400 Gig Samsung Sata,Western Digital WD10EACS 1 TB SATA, DVD NEC 5800, Brenner LG GSA-4167B, rennt zurzeit at 8 x 405 =3.240...jetzt im Sommer at moderaten 9 x 333 = 3.000

is an 7.600 GS

i think to replace this for an 9.600 GT, this is from Asus

http://www.alternate.de/html/product/Grafikkarten_NVIDIA_PCIe/Asus/EN9600GT_SILENT-HTDI/260168/?tn=HARDWARE&l1=Grafik&l2=Karten+PCIe&l3=NVIDIA

what do you think about this

Silent is a must have...

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Message 36020 - Posted: 18 Dec 2008, 0:38:48 UTC
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Sir Ulli wrote:

in one of my Hosts ... blubb blubb ... is an 7.600 GS

--> Topic "Best graphics card for setihome-cuda?" The 7xxx series isn´t even supported by CUDA.

i think to replace this for an 9.600 GT, what do you think about this

The 9600 GT is a realy slow card when it comes to crunching duo to only 64 stream processors.

Silent is a must have...

A silent pipe is nice if you want a quite system but bad choose for crunching. The GPU gets pushed to its limits therefor active cooling is highly recommended.



... back to topic:
what is the best graphics card for the seti@home application and a PC?

Stream Processors * Clock(s) = FLOPS. The more the better.

You can check out the theoretical shader processing rate (in Gigaflops) of the most popular supported NVIDIA cards here 8 Series here 9 Series and here 200 Series. (scroll down)
And the server sided Tesla Series.

Complete list of supported CUDA cards

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Message 36201 - Posted: 22 Dec 2008, 18:22:39 UTC

"Silent running" seems to be an important point for a PC that doesn't stand in a special server room. The graphics card can become very noisy while running at 100 % and 24/7.
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