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Message 1989321 - Posted: 8 Apr 2019, 20:19:32 UTC

Time was I could see the GPU usage at 100% on the image below
of CPUID HWmonitor. It shows CPU is 100% but GPU usage is
questionable. Any opinions or suggestions to verify that my 1060
is really being used to it's full capacity? Thanks, Joe
(image and log below)

[https://postimg.cc/xk2R9GVJ]
[https://i.postimg.cc/KYKsrQ9N/Seti-Graphic-usage.jpg]

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4/8/2019 2:14:11 PM | SETI@home | Sending scheduler request: To report completed tasks.
4/8/2019 2:14:11 PM | SETI@home | Reporting 9 completed tasks
4/8/2019 2:14:11 PM | SETI@home | Requesting new tasks for CPU and NVIDIA GPU
4/8/2019 2:14:13 PM | SETI@home | Scheduler request completed: got 5 new tasks
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Message 1989322 - Posted: 8 Apr 2019, 20:24:03 UTC

Try SIV.
It shows total system usage and many other parameters.

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Message 1989323 - Posted: 8 Apr 2019, 20:24:38 UTC

Probably the easiest is run nvidia-smi in a command window. It will show both the utilization and power usage of the card while crunching.

The utility is installed by default with the Nvidia drivers. It is located at C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\NVSMI in Windows.
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Message 1989324 - Posted: 8 Apr 2019, 20:39:57 UTC

Techpowerup's GPUz is excellent. They also have a database of GPU firmware

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Message 1989334 - Posted: 8 Apr 2019, 22:31:29 UTC - in response to Message 1989324.  

Thanks for the direction. Below is a similar image from my computer:

https://postimg.cc/YjdXB2f6


I should mention that I must run Boinc in administrator mode.
If I don't do this, Bonic gets stuck with an error (below) I know this
isn't normal, but it's a quick work-a-round and I don't know how
to fix the underlying problem. I wonder if this is a factor in my
GPU performance.

https://postimg.cc/SXZrFDcy
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Message 1989337 - Posted: 8 Apr 2019, 23:56:01 UTC - in response to Message 1989334.  

My first thought is your firewall is blocking the Manager.
https://boinc.mundayweb.com/wiki/index.php?title=BOINC_Manager_cannot_connect_to_a_client
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Message 1989343 - Posted: 9 Apr 2019, 1:44:08 UTC - in response to Message 1989334.  

Thanks for the direction. Below is a similar image from my computer:

https://postimg.cc/YjdXB2f6



Wow! Your temps are at 99c !
that would fry any of my socket 1366 CPUs.

I did see that your processor is rated at 100c so it is good to go (maybe). If you have a laptop I might be concerned about the heating on adjacent components. you might look into using tthrottle to control temps and report them back to BoincTasks.

http://www.efmer.eu/
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Message 1989359 - Posted: 9 Apr 2019, 5:35:54 UTC - in response to Message 1989343.  
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Wow! Your temps are at 99c !
that would fry any of my socket 1366 CPUs.

And the clock speed is only 140MHz- due to thermal throtlling, and there is no indication of fan speed.

I'd check your GPU and make sure the fans are running before it dies completely.
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Message 1989469 - Posted: 10 Apr 2019, 13:50:02 UTC

If you have a Windows laptop that is running "too hot" there are two other things, besides opening it up and getting all the fuzz out, that might help.

A "cooling table" which is essentially a fan in a table that fits under your laptop. This helps because it forces more air through the machine. Some versions run off the laptop's USB port. Others require an external power supply. All I have seen are under $50USD.

I have had good luck with temperature throttling of BOINC apps (cpu and gpu) based on a windows application. I like "TThrottle"
https://boinc.berkeley.edu/addon_item.php?platform=win&item=http%3A%2F%2Fefmer.eu%2Fboinc%2F from the addons list.

My experience with laptops is they have a tendency to run even hotter than desktops even if the cpu has a lower speedlimit.

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Message 1989608 - Posted: 11 Apr 2019, 6:08:22 UTC

Each to his own of course but I never run any CPU or GPU over 90% utilisation, and keep GPU temps at 70C max. I want my kit to last not burn out. OK so the RAC suffers so what? All work done helos whether a lot or not so much.

My own view is that laptops are not suitable for heavy Seti crunching. They are primarily designed as portable devices in a shoulder bag for mobile computing on the move. It's like buying a Fiat 500 and running it up the Freeway at 90mph all day then complaining about the performance.
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