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Folding@Home for ATI R5xx Series in the near future

Tech Report reports Folding@Home will take advantage of ATI graphics processing power in the near future. Folding@Home claims performance of 100 gigaflops per computer will be achieved by taking advantage of ATI’s graphics processing power. ATI GPU support appears to only be for R5xx series of graphics processors according to the Folding@Home high performance client FAQ. The GPU powered Folding@Home client runs considerably faster on R580, Radeon X1900, X1950 series, than R520, Radeon X1800 series, most likely due to the R580’s 48 pixel shaders.

NVIDIA GPUs are currently unsupported at the time as the Folding@Home project has been concentrating its efforts on ATI GPUs as the ATI GPUs perform significantly faster than current generation NVIDIA GPUs. Folding@Home also previously announced its Cure@PS3 project to take advantage of the PS3’s processing power. DailyTech awaits the day Folding@Home optimizes its client for Bigfoot Networks KillerNIC.

The ATI optimized Folding@Home client is expected to arrive towards the end of September.  And, of course, if you needed another reason to stock up on ATI R5xx cards, ATI is still expected to release a driver for Triple Play

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By smokenjoe on 8/24/2006 2:35:18 PM , Rating: 2
I was going to get 1-2 7950 GX2 but if this works when it is time to upgrade I will go ATI.

Dont worry if it works for ATI and people like it NVIDIA will surely work to get their processors to play well also. I would expcet they are at least looking into this already for the next core.

RE: Finaly!!!!
By hwhacker on 8/24/2006 2:44:04 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah...That's what I find so interesting. It's great they did it, every bit helps...but...

They optimize it for the almost-dead R5xx generation when the R600 generation architecture (pipeline/alu setup) will be the beginning in a few months and will probably be around for several years (like R3xx-R5xx).

Hope fully there will be clients for G80's and R600's within 6 months or so after their launch.

It's too bad to see that the PS3's RSX (G71) won't be helping the cell crunch. Perhaps they can work on that for the future, as well as for the similar gf7 pc cards.

RE: Finaly!!!!
By TSS on 8/24/2006 4:18:35 PM , Rating: 2
Something I wonder though... I mean folding@home does a wonderfull thing in the research that they do but... My ati X1900XT @ XTX speeds gets up to 90 degrees C, 100 in the summer (and that's with a Zalman vf-700, cools the same as stock only much less noise), and draws power like an maniac. I'd use the folding@home for the CPU since I can cool the AMD X2 3800 and it doesn't use that much power but I'd burn out the ATI within a year like that. Not to mention I'll use more watts (a lot more) and my room will need a bit more ventilation.

So even though it's a good idea that graphic cards can be used for it, I wonder if alot of people will actually do it long term.

RE: Finaly!!!!
By saratoga on 8/25/2006 12:00:08 AM , Rating: 2
It probably won't get all that hot. I doubt the hacked up stuff they're doing really pushes the GPU as hard as an actual game. Theres probably a lot of idle time.

RE: Finaly!!!!
By Wwhat on 8/26/2006 11:33:12 AM , Rating: 2
Don't forget that the x1900 only runs at full clock when it detects a 3d app running in fullscreen.
Still it is true that it might get rather hotter and obviously uses more power.

RE: Finaly!!!!
By bunnyfubbles on 8/24/2006 6:26:38 PM , Rating: 1
Which is interesting (I posted this in response to the PS3 F@H article) considering they're up on producing something for the PS3, but the XBox 360's GPU would seem perfect (being a forerunner to the R600) for what they're doing with GPU processing.

RE: Finaly!!!!
By akugami on 8/24/2006 7:06:49 PM , Rating: 2
Actually...the Cell CPU in the PS3 might be better than then R600 GPU's for F@H.

RE: Finaly!!!!
By Alexvrb on 8/26/2006 1:34:39 PM , Rating: 2
Which is a statement you've based on your own personal testing, of course. :/

RE: Finaly!!!!
By Wwhat on 8/26/2006 11:36:59 AM , Rating: 2
People actually buy cards based on freaking helping medicine manufacturers getting richer? what is wrong with people geez.
And you expect they would design GPU's based on folding results of it? HAHA, that's ludicrous, success with folding is just a side-effect and yes nvidia's future product can't help getting better at it too.

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