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LLjoerne wrote: Hello again!

LLjoerne wrote:

Hello again! I want to reply to your comments. The PSU is quite old (approx. 13yrs.). It is still from an Fujitsu Scenic L, i845PM. It is still working so I never changed PSU and casing. Only motherboard and HDDs are changed, as computer serves a file server only. Now, I get two GeForce GT730 for (almost) free. So, I would like to know, if it is a compatible grafic card for supporting einstein. I am wondering, why these card are different (in shape):

  1. Package shows: Palit, PhysX, Nvidia Geforce GT730, on ventilation fan and circuit board it is written: Gigabyte, it looks similar to this: GeForce#1
  2. Package shows: Nvidia GeForce, GT730, 4GB, DDR5, 128bit, on ventilation fan and circuit board it is written: Nividia, it looks similar like this: GeForce#2

I am a bit confused, as card looks so different, even both are of the same type (GT730). GeForce#1 has a height of 1 LP, GeForce#2 is 2 LP height.

  1. Which one should I use GeForce#1 or GeForce#2?
  2. Which driver/package I have to install in Debian buster (apt-get install .....)? Note: No desktop is installed, only access via terminal.
  3. Where do I change settings for boinc/einstein to use GPU? Which file I have to adopt?
  4. Tell me, if it makes no sense at all running on my old hardware.

Thanks.

Easy answer...use the 2nd one as it has 4gb of ram meaning less slowdowns due to memory problems. It sounds like the 1st one is made for SFF pc cases while the 2nd one is made for standard pc cases.

The rest I can't help you with as I'm not a Linux guy.

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Quote:LLjoerne wrote:Now, I

LLjoerne wrote:
Now, I get two GeForce GT730 for (almost) free. So, I would like to know, if it is a compatible grafic card for supporting einstein. I am wondering, why these card are different:

Many different variants of GT 730 do exist. 64bit and 128bit mem bus width, different amounts and types of mem. different core configs. None of them requires external power. Here's a useful page:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Nvidia_graphics_processing_units#GeForce_700_series

Really difficult to tell without knowing the product codes exactly. With those GT cards it can be like... install the card and then see what diagnostics software would tell about that GPU. But if one of those cards that you were looking for is the version with 64bit and GDDR5 mem I think that one could be the fastest of them. 2.5x faster than the slowest with 128bit DDR3. They should be compatible with the FGRPB1G tasks. 4GB versions would propably be veeery slow for GW tasks if it was compatible with GW at all (I wouldn't guarantee that). So, maybe best to forget GW GPU tasks with them, but FGRBP1G should work.

Those wiki tables of Nvidia GPUs (and AMD) are good for roughly comparing the computation power of different cards. 'Processing power... Single precision' and 'TDP (Watts)' are good things to look at. Also techpowerup has good pages for checking out some information on these.

https://www.techpowerup.com/gpu-specs/geforce-gt-730.c1988

https://www.techpowerup.com/gpu-specs/geforce-gt-730.c2590

Your old PSU might be able to run those GT 730's without bursting into fire, as their TDP seems to be 25W (for that GDDR5 variant).

Gary mentioned RX 460. I had completely forgotten them. That would be a great GPU for sure. Much faster... but it's not quite free hardware yet, if that's a downside. Depending on the wattage of your PSU something like RX 460 could still be on the safe side.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radeon_RX_400_series

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1. Which driver I have to install in Debian buster? Note: No desktop is installed, only access via terminal.

This one I leave for somebody else. I haven't installed Nvidia drivers in linux in a while.

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Where do I change settings for boinc to use GPU? Which file I have to adopt?

I believe the default setting in Boinc itself is to use GPU. You would just need to visit your https://einsteinathome.org/account/prefs/project and allow GPU usage and select GPU app.

Then you could use command line to control gpu run mode:

https://boinc.berkeley.edu/wiki/Boinccmd_tool

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Tell me, if it makes no sense at all on my old hardware.

Sure, for fun. Just make sure to get a card with TDP low enough.

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Hello! I did some tests.

Hello!

I did some tests. Using GeForce#1 in grafical PCI-e slot, network is not established when starting machine. When using GeForce#2, network is working as expected. Unfortunately, RAID controller is not recognised anymore. So, I give up. I think my hardware is too old.

Thanks for support to all involved.

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