quote: Overall, I'm glad to see gamers can use their consoles for more than just gaming and watching movies :)
quote: The reason the PS3 is so good at folding is because the Cell is a number-crunching beast. It's much more well suited to folding than gaming (at least until game programmers get the hang of coding for it).
quote: The 360 could compete if a F@H client was developed to run on the GPU, but if comparisons to desktop GPUs are any indicator, it still wouldn't be quite as fast as the PS3.
quote: According to the most recent Folding@home client statistics sorted by operating system, the PlayStation 3 leads all other platforms by a huge margin. The PS3 has 367 current TFLOPS, while the next closest is Windows with 151 TFLOPS and more than ten times more CPUs.When it comes to pure performance though, the PS3’s Cell Broadband Processor is still no match for ATI GPUs for protein folding. The GPUs on Folding@home sit at 41 current TFLOPS, which come from only 700 processors. If there were as many GPUs folding as there are PS3s on the network, it can be extrapolated that GPUs could reach 876 TFLOPS.