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 Post subject: Crunching 24/7?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 12:26 pm 
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Does anyone here crunch 24/7? I'm a WCG user, CPU usage is around 50-100% when BOINC is on, tempereature is 55-59C (! Intel says my CPU's thermal specification is 61C) compared to normal 50C.

How much CPU does Folding use? Any reliability problems with crunching 24/7? Throttling?


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if it's running properly, it should use all the "spare" CPU cycles and therefore your CPU will run hotter, much like if you were in game.

Folding@Home will do the exact same thing as BOINC.

As far as regards the "thermal specification" 60 sounds a little on the cool side for a processor, but then again I'm not too up on intel CPUs, but 60C is fine with most AMD cpus.

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http://processorfinder.intel.com/

Do you fold 24/7? Notice throttling or anything? Especially with cramped HTPC space? Currently my Prescott I run 12-18hr out of a day.


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I currently have 3 machines that run 24/7. My htpc at home with a Conroe e6400, and two dual CPU setups at work; dual dual-core 2.8GHz Xeons and a dual Althlon MP 2000 system. I've had no issues at all running 24/7, although when I'm compiling frames for animation Folding takes a back seat since there aren't many spare CPU cycles to spare.


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Did you build them or who were the vendors?


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Greetings,

I have all my machines Folding 24/7, and none have ever overheated -- though on the hottest day last summer (it was well into the 90's F in my office), I did shut them down for the day; for our friend Justin Case.

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Built or bought?


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I suspect built. SPCRers don't buy if they can DIY. :wink:


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The htpc was built with inspiration from this site, I transfered the dual MP into a quieter/cooler case and the dual dual-core Xeon system is a Dell; the Dell's still under warranty and IT has an issue with me tinkering with it.


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I've opened up a PC. And just thinking of how to install the PSU/HD/DVD/motherboard/CPU/heatsink (especially with those 775 stories) makes me wanna cry. And with buying, I can get warranty.


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Assembling your own PC is no problem. I was a bit worried the first time i tried it but dont you worry. With a little common sense and some manuals its pretty easy and straight forward.

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I've always felt that researching, and then building your own computer, is a large part of enjoying using that computer. Being able to do exactly what you want to do, versus picking what's offered to you hardware wise, and then being allowed to tinker around has always appealed to me. As with most things, putting a computer together is a one step at a time kind of thing. Of course there are companies out there that will build you a custom system with much more choice of parts than a Dell will. Um.. Puget Systems comes to mind, though I haven't had any experience with them. http://www.pugetsystems.com/


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I'm not comfortable with no-name vendors. I feel I should either go all out with either building myself or getting warranty and the whole deal with Dell/HP/Gateway. Maybe I'll get a job at Best Buy or something to support college and learn :)


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