Hi folks, today I thought I would share some of my experiences with building a folding machine and setting them up using different configurations. This is not a guide, but merely a benchmark/comparison.
This is the hardware I started out with to build my rig:
- Dual Xeon X5570 2.93Ghz (3.33Ghz Turbo Boost), 8C 16T
- 12GB DDR3 1600Mhz Triple Channel Non-ECC Cruicial Ballistix Tactical Tracer
- 2GB nVidia GTX660 Ti SC
- 120GB SanDisk Exrtreme SSD
- 1TB WD Blue SATA3 HDD 7200rpm
- 16X DVDRW
- Corsair AX860i PSU
- Corsair H80i Liquid Cooling x2
- EVGA Classified SR-2 motherboard
-- Intel 5520/ICH10R chipset
-- 12 x 240-pin DIMM sockets (Maximum of 48GB of DDR3 1333MHz+)
-- 1 x UltraDMA133
-- 6 x Serial ATA 300MB/sec with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD
-- 2 x Serial ATA 600MB/sec with support for RAID 0 and RAID 1
-- Audio connector (Line-in, Line-out, MIC)
-- 8 Channel High Definition (Realtek ALC889)
-- 2 x 10/100/1000 (Marvell 88E8057)
Currently, the CPU's are overclocked @ 3.96GHz and GPU gets a small overclock @ 1254MHz.
So, now onto the comparisons...
Initially, at stock speeds, fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate, no SP, no updates, no drivers; FAHv7.3.6 installed: GPU 27K PPD SMP 40K PPD
Then, at OC speeds, fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate, SP1, all updates, current drivers; FAHv7.3.6 installed: GPU 27K PPD SMP 36K PPD
Now, at OC speeds, fresh install of Kubuntu 12.04, all updates; FAHv7.3.6 installed: SMP 90K PPD (bigadv)
Finally, at OC speeds, fresh install of Kubuntu 12.04, all updates; FAHv6.34 headless installed: SMP 144K PPD (bigadv)
WOW! Do we see a pattern here? I sure do!
If anyone else has their own experiences to share, please do so and post here.