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.