To GPU or to not GPU?

So, I’ve been concentrating on the energy consumption of my rig since I began running the GTX 560 Ti. To be honest I was a little blinded by the fact that I was chewing through Work Units like crazy compared to the GT 545. The problem is that the 560 is gobbling up 180-190 Watts compared to the 50-55 Watts that the 545 sipped.

It may not seem like much, but when you consider that running the PC purely on 100% CPU for the WCGrid (and anything else I need to do PC wise) is only pulling around 120 Watts you can see where I’m coming from. I could power a complete new PC with a GTX 750ti for the energy cost of running my 560 Ti on its own. This goes against the rules of The Project and also gets my Mrs’ back up regarding the electricity bill (no-one needs that kind of stress :))

So I had to make a choice. My GPU project SETI@Home is now completing its final tasks on TestRig (Don’t worry Wingmen I’ll complete everything first) and I’m putting it on hold until I can get a GTX 750 Ti, they are only €150 so I’m hoping to get back to crunching for SETI@Home at the end of the month.

On a more positive note my GT545 machine is not needed at the mother-in-law’s until December so I’m going to use that as a testing station for overclocking/underclocking and all that complicated stuff. I’m also going to run it at 100% CPU for WCGrid when I’m not playing with settings. Still a little above the €5 a month electricity bill in the rules but much less than running the 560 Ti.

However, should WCGrid release a GPU project, all bets are off and I’ll be running the GPU’s on both rigs :D.

I still have to do a little bit more on the Website, the Help Me and Join Me pages need to be done, It’s been a busy week with my sons birthday and his party today so I’m a little behind schedule.

Have a great Sunday.

Hi There

I just thought I’d put up a quick post so the front page shows that this is an active blog. I’m pretty busy setting everything up, both here and within BOINC and the World Community Grid.

This is also a quick test to see if the auto post to twitter works. (So many things to get used to)

I’m having a few problems setting up Team ~Nerdvana~ on BOINC due to an inactive team on some of the projects. I’m busy with a workaround. Everything is going swimmingly with the team on WCGrid which is exceptionally easy to use. I’ve set up a few challenges and joined a bucket load at the same time. I’m interested to see if I can hold my own (well as much as possible) against teams that have been busy for longer than I have which I think is now the third week mark.

At the moment I’m looking for a second GPU project to run alongside SETI@Home I’m hoping that there is something with the same approach to things as the WCGrid. Non-Profit and for the betterment of our species in either the biological sciences or clean energy. If any of you have advice I’d love to hear it.

I also need to get hold of someones old android phone to test how that all works. I know my dad has one but he’s in the UK and postage to Belgium is ridiculous.