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Project ITNOS - The Folding@Home Build

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Posted · Original PosterOP

ITNOS Definition....

IN THE NAME OF SCIENCE

It's about time I posted one of my own builds instead of just builds I made for other people huh? You'll notice a lot of parts are mismatched; this is because 85% of the system were parts from my old build that I'm re-purposing IN THE NAME OF SCIENCE (hence the name)

 

Core i5-4570 - $68 on Ebay

Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H (From old main rig)

Team Elite 2x4GB DDR3 1333mhz - $20 on Tech forum

Corsair H90i AIO (From old main rig)

Corsair CX600M (from old main rig)

EVGA 970 FTW (From old main rig) / Asus 750ti - $60 on Tech forum

Thermaltake Level 10 GT (From old main rig)

Asus PCE-AC68 Wifi adapter (The Router is two stories above this, but this wifi card still holds a steady 5 bar signal on 5GHz)

640GB 2.5" HDD from an old laptop Running Windows 7 Ultimate. (It's what I had)

 

There's not much to say about this build. If you want to learn more about what Folding is, I'll link the LTT post below, but the TL;DR is you donate your hardware to run full time for Stanford University to help research for multiple diseases. Think of it as mining for a cure for cancer.

 

I had about half of ITNOS still assembled (out of sheer laziness)when it was disassembled when I side-graded to the mITX form factor. This conveniently ended up saving me some time. 

 

(Please ignore the backgrounds I'm building this in a basement :D )

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Some Thermal Paste donated from the thermal paste tube from my Cryorig H7 that's now in my main rig (I once had Arctic MX-4 lying around somewhere but thats lost. Plus this doesnt matter; The CPU isnt super important in this system anyways, even I were to fill in all three GPU slots in this board)

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You'll note here the RAM specified in the parts list isnt installed. Thats because the GPU/RAM were ordered together but they wont get here till 11/12, and I didnt want to wait. So I sacrificed an 8GB stick from my main rig (Sorry Computer-I-Dont-Have-A-Name-For) to get ITNOS up and running. As such you wont see any pictures of the Asus 750ti for a while either.

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With the GPU and WIFI installed, it's time to see if it would post

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BOOM!

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Man, if I'm to upgrade two things in this build, it's the HDD and the PSU. The PSU just or potential upgrades/efficiency down the line since this will be running 24/7, but the HDD.... Oh man I totally forgot how bad HDD's used to be using them as an OS. Actually having to use it... It took one hour after boot up to get folding started (Mind you this was technically not a clean copy so that doesnt help but still). Unfortunately I had only ONE keyboard, so every time there was an issue I had to drag my keyboard up and down two flights of stars back to my main rig (I dont know how many times I did that) so I could do things like download Wifi Drivers or figure out which port on my router each system was connected to in IPConfig. 

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Here's the Final result! 315k PPD isnt what I was expecting from the 970, but I think it has something to do with the fact that the memory doesnt seem to want to go beyond 3004mhz even with a manual OC applied....

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I also had a couple of issues with getting my main rig (folding with a 1080ti) to monitor ITNOS remotely, but @Gorgon's guide and a bit of extra pointers got me up and running without much fuss. 

I'm also considering trying Linux, but as a first time user that would be a very big learning curve and the downtime for the competition month probably wouldnt yeild me any significant gains. If I do do that,I'll post comparisons here:

 


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Posted · Original PosterOP
2 minutes ago, Jtalk4456 said:

not enough thermal paste...

I knew I'd get one of these comments so thats why I posted it :D 


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Should have delidded the 4570 for a laugh. 

 

Lots of science going on there though


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8 hours ago, TVwazhere said:

 

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Couldn't help but notice that you applied all 4 screws to your CPU cooler. This is incredibly dangerous as it can lead to too much pressure being applied to your CPU. Best practise is to leave one screw off to ensure it works properly. I saw it in a build guide video I watched...

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Project ITNOS is now at full speed thanks to the care package that (finally, after a week delay) came in today. 

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760ti and 8gb of ram. Nothing flashy, but got a good bundle deal on them when I needed ram. Now my main system can go back to having a full fat 16Gb! Woo! 

 

These silver Team Elite sticks look better in the gray RAM slots anyways

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I ironically had to use a dual molex to 6pin adapter to get the 750ti up and running but it was worth it. If I get anything more powerful than this though I'll definitely need a PSU upgrade 

 

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Ah, F@H is doing some more billshittery again, not realizing that 750ti isn't capable of 970 PPD figures... At least the main client remotely monitoring the system gives me a more accurate 400ish PPD. The 970 definitely runs a bit warmer now with the 750ti there but it's still under 60°C so I can't ask for much more than that! 


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Now that the folding month is over, I decided to try and undervolt (well, underclock actually) ITNOS. 

 

MSI afterburner would not allow undervolting in its slider, the minimum voltage applicable was 0. So the only way to reduce voltage was to reduce GPU power, which the 970 was using 90% of (even though it was set to 110 I believe) and the 750ti was only using about 65%, incredibly low power usage. 

 

The 970 went from 1485mhz @1.212V to roughly 1300mhz @1.030V. I'm no electrician, but I'm pretty sure that's a lot. Sadly I dont have a total power draw meter on the system so I'm not sure how much this change actual made to the total power consumed by the system.

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My 750ti couldn't actually go any lower than 77% Power, so I just kept bumping the core speed up till I was hitting power limit, which ended up almost 200mhz overclock. Damn! 

 

I'm not entirely sure off the top of my head what the original voltage was, but I believe it was the same as it is now. But the core speed is about +135 from what it was previously so now the 750ti should be pulling more of it's weight

 

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So what does this mean? In theory, the 970 Should perform less but consume even less power than the % difference in performance would seem to suggest. Meanwhile the 750ti should perform better while using the same amount of power (which means I could have been using that this whole three months without an electricity hit). In all honestly it would have maybe made a 50k different in three weeks, which would have done nothing for my Folding competition standings. 


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Remember to clean your dust filters! 

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2 hours ago, TVwazhere said:

Remember to clean your dust filters! 

My Meshify-C hasn't been cleaned in a while, thanks for the reminder. 

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On 12/18/2018 at 1:55 PM, DVA said:

My Meshify-C hasn't been cleaned in a while, thanks for the reminder. 

Quarter annual reminder to clean your dust filters! 

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On 5/6/2019 at 8:20 AM, TopHatProductions115 said:

I want to get a case like that one day, just to see what it's like to build in...

The Level 10 GT is quite different, mostly due to the hard drive mounting. I've seen very few cases like it, but at roughly $100 on ebay they've hardly stood the test of time when it comes to $175 average priced build quality, aesthetics and standout features. Though I guess "RBG" fans (yes RBG) were sorta standout even though you ONLY got red, green or blue (or a mix those colors) Water cooling is limited to a 120/140mm rad in the back, or removing one of the glorious 200mm fans from the top and sticking a 240 rad up there. Also proper support for a full sized E-ATX motherboard, six total USB ports at the front, good dust filters were great bonuses back in the day, but are now either very common or no longer a big requirement. I'll keep mine for a while, especially now that I have a secondary use for it.


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So last week I purchased a Kill-a-Watt meter to help track how much ITNOS costs me per month on my electric bill. It's a fairly simple setup, just plug it into an outlet, plug your device in, set the electric bill rate (I had to calculate mine based on last months electric bill total divided by killawatt hours) and let it sit for a while. After 48-72 hours I landed at around $7.25/month (you can see by day, week, month and year)

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There are two things I dislike about this. The first is you'll notice this isnt plugged directly into the wall. This is because the body of the unit sits too low on the outlet, so when you plug the Kill-a-Watt into an outlet, it blocks the lower port from being used (I'm using that for my monitor) so I used a short grounded extension cord with opposing outlets on either side. The other thing is while it has other options to show you how much energy you've used over time and showing you real time Voltage usage (which basically sits at 120v the whole time) it doesn't show you real time wattage usage which honestly was what I was most curious about, mainly because I'm running a bronze efficient power supply and I was wondering if upgrading to a gold or platinum PSU would save me anything substancial in power usage since it's running 24/7. 

 

Beyond that it's a good purchase, and we will most likely use it around the house to see how much certain appliances are using (for example the really old refrigerator in the garage that's 35+ years old (but still works great and refuses to die) We dont really use it for much anymore so unplugging it wont hurt us and might help us as far as power savings go. 


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sounds really low to me... my server uses approx 55W/h, and for 24/7 usage for a month would come out to 55x24x30(average month of 30 days) = 39,600W. So round up to 40 and x your unit rate, mine comes out at 40x13.6p = £5.44 per month just for a low usage server.

[edit] Actually, the 55W is for the server + router and switches attached to my UPS.


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Posted · Original PosterOP
3 minutes ago, paddy-stone said:

sounds really low to me... my server uses approx 55W/h, and for 24/7 usage for a month would come out to 55x24x30(average month of 30 days) = 39,600W. So round up to 40 and x your unit rate, mine comes out at 40x13.6p = £5.44 per month just for a low usage server.

The 970 and 750ti are heavily under-clocked to draw very little power, so I'm happy to see that it's low. 


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1 minute ago, TVwazhere said:

The 970 and 750ti are heavily under-clocked to draw very little power, so I'm happy to see that it's low. 

Ahh cool, that's a very good result then :)

 

I updated my post above BTW, my 55W was actually for a combination usage of my server + router and switches on average.


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Quick update. Unit does indeed show real time wattage pulled from the wall, just had to use the up/down buttons to find it. 240-242W. Much happier with my purchase now that I figured it out. 

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23 minutes ago, TVwazhere said:

240-242W.

I do that idle with my PC kek.


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Well the June Folding sprint started as of midnight last night

As such I've removed the power limits on the 970 and the 750ti, though I dont expect to see a big improvement in performance (especially the 750ti) probably a 35-50k improvement (running about 365kPPD the last six months) but what is notable is I'm now drawing 50w more than before, hovering around 290-294w of actual usage. That's about a 22% power increase for an estimated 10-15% performance increase.

 


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MAJOR UPDATE TIME!!!

 

So in August I got an itch to throw in a "new" gpu to make ITNOS a triple card system. Using @Gorgon's numbers I estimated either a 1070, 1070ti, 1660ti or a 2060 would give me best overall value based on price. 1070's were the cheapest, but 1070ti's weren't much more expensive used with a big bump in average PPD. So I set out on forums (mostly hardwareswap) and found myself a new GPU for a good price!

 

The GPU had been SLI'd with water locks so it came only partially assembled and with no thermal paste, but had everything else I needed

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I won't lie, I was a bit nervous as I've never disassembled or reassembled a GPU before, but it was actually very straight forward. I didn't have a spatula to spread the thermal paste so I used a scrap flat piece of wood (it was clean) 

 

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With the card reassembled I can..... Oh wait..... My Corsair CX600M only has a single Dual 6+2 pin connector..... In comes a new power supply, and a much more efficient one at that! 

 

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To be honest I got this PSU in a few days before the GPU so I made the swap weeks ago. The old PSU with the 970 and 750ti draws about 240w from the wall, where as the 650 drew about 225. Not a huge cost savings considering my power bill is about 10-12c per KwH, but hey! It's something. 

 

However, I overlooked the fact that the P2 comes with two 6+2 and 6 pins, not dual 6+2 pins like on my corsair ones. Which were needed for my 1070ti FTW 2 which apparently is one of the few cars with dual 8pins! ARGH! Fortunately, the GPU power connector were just close enough that I could "SLI" the power cables. Please note that this is probably not the best idea and I do not recommend this for full time high load use. 

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I'm running these cards at 50-75% power draw, so the load on the cables isn't high. While I was fixing the cables, it's about time I tackle my first (and worst) cable managing job. This was the original PSU in my first ever system, and my first "shove the back panel on" style cable management... 

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I sure have come a long way in five years.... 

 

Anyways, now the 1070ti is finally up and running! (well, it has been for over a week now) 

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Power went up from 220-340, but then back down to 322. This is because the 750ti was actually throttling clock speeds because it is suffocating against the backplate of the 970. So it actually lowered the clock speeds to keep the card at 60°. I could have raised the temp limit, but honestly it would have just kept climbing even with a fairly aggressive fan curve. 

 

So there I was, finished with my upgrade... Or so I thought. Buyers remorse is a bitch, so I was constantly looking for 1070ti's to see if I got a good deal, and for about three days I said yes I got a good deal.... And then I found another one for sale.... 

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Meet the Zotac 1070ti mini. Bought for an unbeatable price, this card is amazing for SFF builds, but with an EATX case, size isn't an issue. It's performance I was concerned about, and this card from reading online delivers! Unfortunately, this means I have to remove both the 750ti and the 970 from folding duty, as both these cards consume all the PCI-E cables (the 750ti was still running on a 6 pin adapter) but at this point their efficiency is shit next to two 1070ti's. Both these cards running only pull 280w VS the throttling 322w!

 

So, out come the old cards and in with the new 20190908_201910.thumb.jpg.2ea9194329fe97c8f3e8668f247a22d5.jpg

I used a 6pin-8pin adapter (again, not the best idea but it's mostly low power draw anyways) for the top card and the second cable (which didn't get properly cable managed) for the bottom. 

 

Interestingly, the FTW2 card isnt boosting as far as it used to, and certainly not as far as the Mini which hits close to 1900mhz with the exact same over lock settings (same temperature, +/- 1°C). Perhaps it's a P state issue? Don't know much about that so if anyone has any advice LMK. I tried looking some stuff up but it's getting late and today's been very event filled. 

 

Ftw2

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Mini

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Interestingly enough, now the Top card is boosting to 1975, and the bottom card is only in the 1600mhz range..... Definitely need to look into enabling P0 states for both cards when I get back from work 


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So some updates after the Folding Moth 2019:

 

For the duration of the Folding Month I ran the cards at full power with +100mhz offsets, which actually allowed both cards to run 2025mhz. I believe temps were in the mid 60's too which is pretty good. Power usage was in the 350w range (need to confirm this when I get home) when both cards were drawing full power, now they're back down to about 280w. Both cards are also now around the same boost clocks in the 1900mhz range while being power limited to 60%


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