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New version adds support for Radeon X1800 and X1600

Folding@Home has released a new Folding@Home GPU client. This brings the GPU client up to version 5.91 beta2. While previous Folding@Home GPU clients only supported ATI Radeon X1900 series graphics cards, the latest beta2 adds support for more GPUs. This release adds support for ATI’s Radeon X1800 and X1600 series of graphics processors.

As the Folding@Home GPU client relies heavily on pixel shader performance, the performance differences between the X1900-series and other ATI GPUs is tremendous. The Folding@Home GPU FAQ claims:
We now support serveral classes of GPU boards, including X1600, X1800, and X1900 class GPU's from ATI. At the launch, we supported X1900 cards only. X1800 cards do not provide the performance seen in X1900's and so we strongly recommend X1900 class cards (although we now officially support X1800). X1900 and X1800 cards are actually quite different -- they have different processors (R520, R530 vs. the R580 [in the X1900 series]). The R580 makes a huge difference in performance -- its 48 pixel shaders are key, as we use pixel shaders for our computations.
The latest beta2 release still only supports ATI GPUs. There’s no mention of support for NVIDIA GPUs at the moment. The latest Folding@Home GPU client can be downloaded from the Folding@Home download page.


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RE: whats the point?
By Chocolate Pi on 12/5/2006 2:12:36 PM , Rating: 4
Tell me about it, what a waste of time this is... I can't believe people would consider using otherwise wasted processing power to cure diseases a worthwhile activity. I mean, seriously who cares about humanity or fighting illnesses? I want my expensive computer to just sit there doing nothing all day!

Computers are for playing minesweeper, not helping the sick. Everyone knows that!


RE: whats the point?
By adam92682 on 12/6/2006 2:37:43 AM , Rating: 2
i think the version that looks for aliens would be much more worthwhile.


RE: whats the point?
By Ringold on 12/6/2006 7:26:41 PM , Rating: 2
What?

You'd cure cancer and look for aliens when there are still more prime numbers out there?!!?

Get your priorities straight, man!


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