New GPU?

Betreger
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Topic 218897

My Einstein host currently is running a GTX1060 3GB.

I have another host on a different project that really would like a second 1060 so I want to upgrade the Einstein host.

I was thinking of something like a GTX1660 or something from AMD in the same price range.

I know nothing about AMD, except they seem to outperform Nvidea on this project. Any suggestions? 

koschi
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As someone who had a EVGA

As someone who had a EVGA GTX1060 3GB and a Nitro+ RX580 (200€) in the same computer, I can confirm that the AMD beats the Nvidia by a factor of 2 here at Einstein. Gaming wise they are on the same level.

The GTX ran at 70W power cap and produced around ~230k credit (2 WUs), the RX580 with its mining BIOS running at ~83W produces 550k credit a day. GTX1660 might be more efficient (over the GTX1060), but won't beat the cheaper RX580 yet.

Due to the soon finishing BOINC Penthatlon I added a Sapphire Pulse Vega 56 (300€), which at 160W produces around 900k credits a day. I'll keep the Vega and will add back the GTX1060 again, but just for GPUGrid.

The RX580 was my first AMD card in 12 years and it was a good decision, the Vega an ever better one :-)  Noisy Vega 56 start at 244€, versions with 3 fans at 280€ here in Germany. 2 of those beat a Radeon VII, the current performance king in price and Einstein throughput. All in all a good package at that price point.

Betreger
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Thanx for the feedback,

Thanx for the feedback, that's what I was hoping to hear, it seems a RX580 would be a good choice, especially for the price. 

archae86
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Gary Roberts is careful about

Gary Roberts is careful about productivity and price.  I think he has reported observing negligible Einstein productivity advantage of the RX 580 over the (quite good) RX 570, so unless you get a wonderful deal or have a non-Einstein application, a 570 might be indicated.  

There is a further option, as RX 570 cards are available at remarkably low prices in a 4GB size (down from the 8GB I run).  I'm not clear on what Einstein performance difference comes from that drop, but suspect that the 4GB RX 570 may be a current price performance killer here.

On the minus side, I've personally observed the two RX 570 cards I run (including there drivers and Windows OS support...) to be noticeably less stable in use than my Pascal-generation Nvidia cards.  

Betreger
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Thanx for the tip on the

Thanx for the tip on the RX570s, I'll check out the price, OBTW stability counts a lot for me as this is my daily driver. 

Betreger
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RX570s are really

RX570s are really inexpensive. I could end up paying about 1/3rd of what I planned on spending. 

MarkJ
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I bought a couple of

I bought a couple of GTX1660Ti cards to replace my 1060’s with. I would say it’s got about a 1/3rd performance boost over the older cards. Unfortunately a number of projects don’t have apps that work with the Turing GPUs. Asteroids doesn’t nor GPUgrid, although GPUgrid will be beta testing a new app soon.

Initially I had a problem getting driver support under Debian, they have fixed that now. Windows shouldn‘t have any such issues.

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