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Message 1254489 - Posted: 2 Jul 2012, 10:04:22 UTC

I'm not sure if this has been done but it seems fun (I haven't seen it before so here goes.) This is straight from my account page.

First:

**ID: 2548926
**XP-HOMEHP 0.06 763
**x86 Family 6 Model 8 Stepping 1 598MHz
(1 processors)
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**GPU whats that? (Kidding)
**14 Sep 2006 | 20:06:26 UTC

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**Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3550 CPU @ 3.30GHz [Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9]
(4 processors) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti (1023MB) driver: 302.80
**Microsoft Windows 8
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**2 Jul 2012 | 8:42:29 UTC
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Message 1254559 - Posted: 2 Jul 2012, 16:16:24 UTC

I'm not sure of your rules here James...
If we're talking seti crunchers, I'm new around here so I can't go back very far, but currently I have, for WORST and BEST machines:


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Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.40GHz [Family 15 Model 3 Stepping 4](2 processors)

Best
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Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E31230 @ 3.20GHz [Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7](8 processors)




Now if you want to compare first owned machines, to currently owned machines, that could get really interesting.
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Message 1254761 - Posted: 2 Jul 2012, 21:55:47 UTC - in response to Message 1254559.

I'm not sure of your rules here James...
If we're talking seti crunchers, I'm new around here so I can't go back very far, but currently I have, for WORST and BEST machines:


Now if you want to compare first owned machines, to currently owned machines, that could get really interesting.



That was the idea Dave (although not expressed correctly), mainly to make fun of our old gear compared to what we are currently running now.
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Message 1254859 - Posted: 3 Jul 2012, 2:36:28 UTC

My first SETI cruncher was for Classic. If I recall correctly, it was a 386-20.

Current best is a core i7 quad with an NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M.
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Message 1254865 - Posted: 3 Jul 2012, 2:49:41 UTC

My first SETI cruncher was for Classic too. Mine was an Intel QX6700 ES cpu, I got that before anyone else here had a Quad core.

Current best is a core i5 750 quad with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590, the cpu is not used for crunching, just the 590, oh and the 1350w psu is on the way.
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Message 1254894 - Posted: 3 Jul 2012, 4:47:56 UTC
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I started in 2004 with a PII Deschutes running at 400 MHz. Then in 2008 I bought a SUN WS with an Opteron 1210 at 1.8 GHz, still running 24/7. I bought a 1220 CPU from a relative and an ASUS Silent Square EVO cooler. The CPU should reach 2.8 GHz. I am going to try this transplant as soon as I have learned to use the touchpad of a HP 635 laptop with an AMD E-450 at 1.65 GHz, using only 15 W.All on Linux. The HP Linux is SuSE SLES-11.
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Message 1254901 - Posted: 3 Jul 2012, 5:34:48 UTC

I have no idea what it was my first cruncher... But I think it was a Pentium MMX or an i486... In that host, crunching 24/7, one WU (I guess an ancestor of the MB...) needed a whole week to finish... Soon all my work computers were crunching for SETI...

My best cruncher today is an i7-2600 with a GTX680... That host by itself gives me in one day the same amount of credits that I got in the first 8 years with an average of 4 or 5 hosts running SETI 24/7.

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Message 1254933 - Posted: 3 Jul 2012, 8:09:48 UTC - in response to Message 1254901.

I have no idea what it was my first cruncher... But I think it was a Pentium MMX or an i486... In that host, crunching 24/7, one WU (I guess an ancestor of the MB...) needed a whole week to finish... Soon all my work computers were crunching for SETI...

My best cruncher today is an i7-2600 with a GTX680... That host by itself gives me in one day the same amount of credits that I got in the first 8 years with an average of 4 or 5 hosts running SETI 24/7.

Impressive, 4 or 5 hmm, 1 here.
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Message 1254964 - Posted: 3 Jul 2012, 9:42:54 UTC

First
Compaq Deskpro 386SX.
Release date 1990 (date du BIOS) 1990 (BIOS)
Model: SLT 386s/20 SLT 386s/20
Processor i80386SX à 20 MHz i80386SX 20 MHz
Memory: 2048 KB RAM Storage Floppy 3 "1 / 2 1.44 MB. IDE Hard Disk 20 MB
Interfaces : Interface External VGA Video
Software: Ms-Dos 3.31 Compaq MS-DOS 3.31 Compaq
Updated to Dos 6.22 & Win 3.11 WFG

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AMD Athlon II X4 630
Gigabyte UD4P
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Message 1254971 - Posted: 3 Jul 2012, 10:00:37 UTC
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First

1982, BBC B, 6502 2Mhz processor, 32K ram

Present

(1) Pentium D 3.2Ghz processor, 5Gb ram, Win 7 Ultimate, ATI HD4770 graphics

(2) Pentium Quad 2.4Mhz processor, 5Gb ram, Win 7 professional, ATI HD5850 graphics

I still have the BBC B and at the time playing Elite on it, was at the leading edge of gaming technology ......

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Message 1254985 - Posted: 3 Jul 2012, 10:41:02 UTC

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Cyrix 686

First at seti

AMD Athlon 700.

Present

AMD FX 8150 @4.4 GHZ with ATI HD 5850.

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Message 1254993 - Posted: 3 Jul 2012, 10:57:02 UTC

4.4Ghz is very nice too Mike!

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Message 1255040 - Posted: 3 Jul 2012, 13:24:18 UTC - in response to Message 1254985.
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First

Cyrix 686

First at seti

AMD Athlon 700.

Present

AMD FX 8150 @4.4 GHZ with ATI HD 5850.



I started with one of those Cyrix also. Hated it. Now I use a Intel(R) Core)2 Quad Q9550 [Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 7](4 processors)

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Message 1255054 - Posted: 3 Jul 2012, 14:09:09 UTC

I started with a Compaq pentium 1. replaced that in 2004 with my Gateway P4, It still crunching too.

The latest comp is HP I7 920. with a little Nvidia GTS 250.
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Message 1255066 - Posted: 3 Jul 2012, 14:31:40 UTC
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(I'll throw my first vs current on this here list):


First:
Commodore 64
8bit 6510 Processor, 1Mhz
64K RAM


Current:
Intel Xeon E3-1230
64bit quad core @3.2Ghz
16G RAM
(I don't have any GPU's worth bragging about)


If I'm not mistaken the Xeon processor is more than 25,000 times more powerful* than C64's 6510. And my Xeon rig has 250,000 times the RAM.

We've come a long way.


*- Not a proper comparison, just quick math by comparing processing speed and bit register and core count. I'm sure the architecture changes etc. mean the Xeon is probably much more than 25,000 times more powerful than the 6510.


[Interesting side note: You think we've got fan-fare arguments about what hardware is better nowadays?... Once upon a time the ZX people used to argue with C64 folks, about differences so little our modern machines would laugh...

...was it a real figure? Does it mean that Zx Spectrum "runs at 2:1" (two times faster than Commodore 64)? I guess this is exact. But... why did you criticize people "extolling the virtues of the Spectrum"? Why did you forget the "virtues" that you were going to demonstrate? Another Commodorian Blah-Blah-Blah, eh?

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Message 1255100 - Posted: 3 Jul 2012, 15:52:24 UTC - in response to Message 1254933.

I have no idea what it was my first cruncher... But I think it was a Pentium MMX or an i486... In that host, crunching 24/7, one WU (I guess an ancestor of the MB...) needed a whole week to finish... Soon all my work computers were crunching for SETI...

My best cruncher today is an i7-2600 with a GTX680... That host by itself gives me in one day the same amount of credits that I got in the first 8 years with an average of 4 or 5 hosts running SETI 24/7.

Impressive, 4 or 5 hmm, 1 here.


SETI was a very nice screensaver in that times... So it was running on all the computers in my work office. (with permission, as I was one of the partners) ;D
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Message 1255200 - Posted: 4 Jul 2012, 0:14:58 UTC

Oh, yes. Mine tend to get retired to the recycling bin - useless for anything at all when they are done.
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Message 1255219 - Posted: 4 Jul 2012, 0:45:56 UTC
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Let's see... April 9th, 2002 is when I joined and SETI@Home "Classic", and if I recall correctly I started with:

Intel Pentium 4 1.6GHz
1024MB of RAM PC2100 DDR SDRAM
ATi Radeon 7200 64MB AGP 4x
Windows XP Pro

I thought the project was so fun and I loved the screen saver so much that I installed it on several of my other computers I owned (Including a Pentium 166MHz w/MMX and an AMD K6 166MHz among many others). Currently I use:

Intel Core i7 960 (3.2GHz quad-core with Intel HyperThreading)
12GB of RAM
ATi Radeon HD 6970
Windows 7 x64 Ultimate


..and if I could afford the electricity, I would be running all of these computers.

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Message 1256267 - Posted: 6 Jul 2012, 6:48:34 UTC

All very interesting! I remember back years ago seeing SETI running on the computers in the computer lab at my grade school. That was when my interest in this project was born. Although it was a little bit of a wait before I started crunching.... Still its very interesting to compare the past computers to what we are running now. Simply stated now-a-days we are spoiled!
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