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Message 33479 - Posted: 13 Oct 2013 | 3:35:31 UTC

Hello hello!

I have been considering adding a Tesla to my setup (specifically a c2050), and I was wondering how well the Teslas perform with the GPUGrid tasks.

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Message 33480 - Posted: 13 Oct 2013 | 8:21:51 UTC - in response to Message 33479.
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An NVIDIA C3050 Tesla is an old Fermi GF100 GPU (2years and 3months old). It's performance at GPUGrid is slightly less than a GTX470, so while it should work it's not a good investment. Something like a GTX660Ti, GTX670, GTX760 or GTX770 would be much a better buy.

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Message 33481 - Posted: 13 Oct 2013 | 8:29:51 UTC

For the price of that card you could buy 2 GTX780's and help the project much more not to mention your score. It has 448 shaders and sucks down 238 watts, 3GB GDDR5 ECC on a 384bit bus, PCIe Express x16 2.0. It's a little behind the times, if you all ready own it, then go for it but I would recommend against buying such out dated technology especially at the going price of around $1500.00 US.

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Message 33482 - Posted: 13 Oct 2013 | 9:47:22 UTC

In the Netherlands these old Tesla's cost still between 2000 and 4300 Euro!
While a Titan can be obtained for 849 Euro, which is also a lot faster and you can put a monitor on it if you want/need to. (a Euro is approx. 1.32 USD).
Skgiven and flashawk are absolutely right.
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Message 33492 - Posted: 14 Oct 2013 | 6:22:30 UTC

Thank you all for your input. I posed this question during a time of worry, as I thought one of my GPUs (I'm running 2 GTX 590s) had died. I was thinking that maybe resorting to a more robust system (Tesla) would allow for a longer crunching life. Stupidly though, I turned my computer off, turned it back on, and all four GPUs appeared, fully operational. I've been building computers for years, and I am still amazed by such silly events.
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Message 33522 - Posted: 16 Oct 2013 | 21:26:24 UTC - in response to Message 33492.

The GTX590 are rather extreme in everything: performance (for their generation, still pretty strong), cost, power consumption, noise, cooling requirements.. if you're in for a more robust setup I'd go for water cooling such big boys or cards with less power consumption (like GTX670 and similar ones), which are easier to handle with big air coolers.

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Message 33528 - Posted: 16 Oct 2013 | 22:55:22 UTC - in response to Message 33492.
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Thank you all for your input. I posed this question during a time of worry, as I thought one of my GPUs (I'm running 2 GTX 590s) had died. I was thinking that maybe resorting to a more robust system (Tesla) would allow for a longer crunching life. Stupidly though, I turned my computer off, turned it back on, and all four GPUs appeared, fully operational. I've been building computers for years, and I am still amazed by such silly events.

So am I. I suggest you to check all power connectors in that PC for burn marks, especially those pins which connected to the yellow cables (+12V).

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