Whats best for cracking ECCp109
I should have probably asked this before spending the money. I figured that to get the most bang from a system it should be running the fastest processor you have. I was curious if the other components have an impact as well. Should it have more RAM? Does a faster hard drive effect the performance? Or is it all CPU. Also, do Pentiums crack better than Celerons at the same speed, 800 Celeron vs. 800 Pentium? OH and how about the bus speed.
The extra systems im building are stripped down. Small hard drives, cheap video and no sound with 64mb or ram installed. Im also only installing an operating system and the client.
If you have some tips or suggestions let me know about them.
I will soon be adding:
A dual 1gHz PIII 133fsb
A dual 850mHz PIII 100fsb
A 700 PIII 100fsb
And 2 366 Celerons 66fsb
From the systems I've been using AMD chips are the fastest, not much difference between Athlons and Durons! A 800 Duron has about twice the output (DPs) as a P3-900! This is of course using the AMD tweaked out version of the client built by Virus, RC, and Ken!
Thanks all. I will also be adding a 600 Duron in a few weeks. Waiting for a friend to upgrade his system so I can get his leftovers.
I have the client installed on my sons computer but theres no chance of stopping him from playing Starcraft. At least its cranking out a few points a day.
How many points per day are you getting out of an 800 Duron anyway. Im getting about 40 points per day on my PIII850 with the Pentium optimized client installed. I would rather build Duron systems anyway a lot more bang for the buck it seems. The 600 Duron will be my first AMD build. How about a suggestion for a decent, very cheap, board.
[This message has been edited by fshanda (edited 08-23-2001).]
I'm running an 800 Duron at stock speed. It seems like DP per day varies somewhat from day to day, but the machine normally runs at around 430,000 iterations per second.
As far as a motherboard, if you want a high quality board for Durons only, check out an AOpen AK73 Pro for about $65. If you want a board with maximum flexibility for future upgrades along with decent quality, check out an ECS K7S5A (also about $65)
Oh, if you're looking to put together the ultimate cheap system for cracking only, check out an ECS K7SEM. It comes with on board sound, video, LAN, and optional AMR modem bundle. (On board everything for about $70)
[This message has been edited by ragtop (edited 08-23-2001).]
Eight of my eight nodes are Athlon. They are the best for this project. The RAM, harddrive, etc.. are not important. Six of my eight nodes do not have a harddrive.
Additionally, be certain to use the athlon optimized version from the gcc 3.1 compiler for max performance.
If you have children at home that love to play video games on the PC, try to get them interested in something else.
Thanks Ragtop, I was a little off about the processor. Its a Tbird but i will check into the ESC board.
Im getting about 390,000 iterations per second on average. The price vs performance is quite noticeable here.
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