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Message 1017737 - Posted: 19 Jul 2010, 21:14:50 UTC
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Nivida has released its latest version 258.96 today. Adds support for the GTX460.

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Message 1017771 - Posted: 19 Jul 2010, 22:32:04 UTC - in response to Message 1017737.

I wonder what that is going to break for me.
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Message 1017803 - Posted: 20 Jul 2010, 0:33:27 UTC - in response to Message 1017771.

I totally agree,

Lets hope they have fixed the issue with Windows 7 64 bit and GTS 250's, could do with getting some Cuda work again and not getting computation errors.

Downloading now, so will see in about 2 mins from now if anything changes!


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Message 1017866 - Posted: 20 Jul 2010, 3:09:21 UTC - in response to Message 1017803.

I totally agree,

Lets hope they have fixed the issue with Windows 7 64 bit and GTS 250's, could do with getting some Cuda work again and not getting computation errors.

Downloading now, so will see in about 2 mins from now if anything changes!




When I had Vista Business (32-bit), my EVGA GTS250 had compute errors with CUDA. But on the other hand I have not had any problems with CUDA ( compute error or otherwise) with any of the NIVIDA versions since I went to Windows 7 Pro (64-bit) which I installed as soon as it went prod.

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Message 1017871 - Posted: 20 Jul 2010, 3:49:12 UTC - in response to Message 1017866.

That is good to know, I have installed the latest driver but am not able to get any cuda work at the moment as I have reached my limit due to the large number of tasks that I reported with computation errors.

Once that clears up and I can get CUDA work again then I will see if it makes a difference. Am awaiting some new tubing for my watercooling loop to be able to add the old graphics card that I had, to at least do some cuda work if the GTS250 is still not playing right.
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Message 1017891 - Posted: 20 Jul 2010, 7:32:37 UTC - in response to Message 1017871.

have been running the new drivers all morning, it may just be me but it looks like I'm getting better utilisation from my two cards.
My GT260 is now hovering around 65% usage, up from around 50% and my 240 is hitting around 85% usage up from about 70%....
using Win7 64 and Jasons 32f Cuda 3.0 build
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Message 1017897 - Posted: 20 Jul 2010, 9:27:25 UTC
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These seem a bit faster than 257.21 with GTX 470. Using 6.10 client, Fermi build.
But it may be only me also.
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Message 1017899 - Posted: 20 Jul 2010, 10:17:26 UTC - in response to Message 1017897.

These seem a bit faster than 257.21 with GTX 470. Using 6.10 client, Fermi build.
But it may be only me also.


I just installed this new version.
WU's take about 20-22 minutes with the old version (3 at a time).
So if there is any increase of output I'll let you know :)
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Message 1017901 - Posted: 20 Jul 2010, 10:42:29 UTC

How much overclocked your card is?
You are using different client, which continues to show your shaders clock at 810 MHz, weird.
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Message 1017920 - Posted: 20 Jul 2010, 13:38:21 UTC

Would appreciate if someone could have a look at my tasks and try to figure out why I am getting so many computation errors with my CUDA work units. Will post the app_info for your viewing as well.

Thanks in advance

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Message 1017955 - Posted: 20 Jul 2010, 15:42:30 UTC - in response to Message 1017737.

Nivida has released its latest version 258.96 today. Adds support for the GTX460.


And what is NIVIDA?

Is it NEVADA or is it NVIDIA ? ;)


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Message 1017957 - Posted: 20 Jul 2010, 15:54:49 UTC
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Well, the new drivers did one thing for sure:

My Watt meter went from 398Watt avg to 419Watt.
That's a sign the cores are used beter than before.

And the results seem to crunch a bit faster, I think about 30-60 seconds.
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Message 1017958 - Posted: 20 Jul 2010, 16:02:08 UTC - in response to Message 1017957.

And the results seem to crunch a bit faster, I think about 30-60 seconds.
That's a lot when we're already talking ~7mins10secs for a mid angle range WU on GTX 480. 30 seconds improvement would be ~7%, 60 about 14%. Going to give them a go now & see what I get.

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Message 1017960 - Posted: 20 Jul 2010, 16:09:38 UTC - in response to Message 1017958.
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And the results seem to crunch a bit faster, I think about 30-60 seconds.
That's a lot when we're already talking ~7mins10secs for a mid angle range WU on GTX 480. 30 seconds improvement would be ~7%, 60 about 14%. Going to give them a go now & see what I get.


Those 30-60 seconds are for 3 WU's at a time :P
So for a single WU this would be around 10-20 seconds...
They did 21 minutes avg...

I'll run a benchmark with my reference WU that took 3m15 seconds with the old drivers (avg of 3 passes yesterday).

Update: average of 3 passes with new drivers is 3m08 seconds. So it looks a bit faster :) So it's not only my Watt meter :P
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Message 1018103 - Posted: 21 Jul 2010, 10:42:02 UTC - in response to Message 1017960.


Those 30-60 seconds are for 3 WU's at a time :P
So for a single WU this would be around 10-20 seconds...
They did 21 minutes avg...

Approx. same numbers here.

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Message 1018111 - Posted: 21 Jul 2010, 11:57:30 UTC - in response to Message 1018103.

Likewise, upgraded mine last night, noticeable speedup here (WinXP32, stock Fermi v6.10 app), also at GPUGrid.

No problems observed. Seems a worthwhile upgrade.

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Message 1018154 - Posted: 21 Jul 2010, 15:42:36 UTC

I had a problem, My QX6700 would only process WU's on half of Its 4 cpu cores under XP x64, I went back to 257.15 and all is well. Strange.
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Message 1018226 - Posted: 21 Jul 2010, 22:23:54 UTC

I just loaded it up a few minutes ago, and can confirm I am pulling about 20 to 25 watts more with my two 480's. I don't see any problems, and it's too early to notice a speed difference.

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Message 1018238 - Posted: 21 Jul 2010, 23:01:48 UTC

The highlighted line is the first done with the new driver.



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Message 1018239 - Posted: 21 Jul 2010, 23:02:42 UTC - in response to Message 1018226.

I just loaded it up a few minutes ago, and can confirm I am pulling about 20 to 25 watts more with my two 480's. I don't see any problems, and it's too early to notice a speed difference.

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My last attempt may have been the 850w Corsair psu I was using, which was failing as I'd pushed It to the limit I guess, Now that I have the 1050w Enermax psu in place I'll try 258.96 again soon. Also the 850w psu near the end made nine #1 errors, none since the psu swap, On the BFG 295 card according to BoincTasks 0.66.
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