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CPU download is obvious but GPU download is kind of hidden

Discussion in 'Folding@Home - Join Team Guru3D !' started by linyanti, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. linyanti

    linyanti Master Guru

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    If you go to Folding@Home there is a download page but it is for the cpu.

    http://folding.stanford.edu/English/Main

    (go to the download link and it is for the cpu download)

    The download page to compute on the GPU was kind of hidden. At least for my surfing abiliities. Here is the link for the GPU download. Both the cpu and gpu programs worked well in the systray method. The console method is tricky and there did not seem to be any advantage.

    http://folding.stanford.edu/English/DownloadWinOther

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  2. Zareph

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    "Hidden in plain sight"? :\
    Anyway, what's tricky in the console method? You'll be using less system resources that way, and also it looks pro ;)
     
  3. linyanti

    linyanti Master Guru

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    I will try out the console program.

    By hidden in plain sight I meant that the main download page

    http://folding.stanford.edu/English/Download

    shows the CPU 6.2 for systray, CPU6.2 for console, Linux, Mac and Playstation 3.

    then there is a small comment
    "High performance clients (GPU, SMP/multicore)"

    http://folding.stanford.edu/English/Download#ntoc5

    "For expert Folding@home donors interested in running beta version client software for Windows, please go to our High Performance Windows Clients page."

    http://folding.stanford.edu/English/DownloadWinOther

    (finally)


    In my opinion, a prominently labeled url on the main download page for gpu programs would have made it faster for me to find it.

    One of our uses of the internet is for sales. Our rule is that you have a very little total time and few mouse clicks before you lose most of your customers. Most of the people from Guru3D are highly motivated and should get there with no problem.

    Also, one thing that is not sold enough is how cool the changing molecular representational image looks.
     
  4. Zareph

    Zareph Ancient Guru

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    If you have a CPU with more than one core, you should also be using the SMP client. That's multicore in plain English.
    It's a console-only client as far as I remember.
     

  5. Belz

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    I dunno, maybe it's a little bit "'hidden" because it's beta?

    So that the "normal folks" dont click too hastily on the link, download it and start whining because of possible bugs?
     
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    No, the GPU clients are not beta. However there are beta versions on that page. An idea would be to list the GPU clients with the CPU clients and have the BETA clients on a separate page. 'Normal folks' check for accuracy before posting. :)
     
  7. Miller

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    However for both the SMP and GPU clients they say:

    So no, they seemingly don't want Average Joe downloading a high performance client as Belz said.
     

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