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Message 21073 - Posted: 26 Apr 2011 | 17:05:55 UTC
Last modified: 17 Nov 2013 | 23:08:00 UTC

My opinion, listed by performance in each row. Starting with the most common retail cards (non oem) from the last 'full generation'
- High End, Mid Range, Entry level, GeForce GK110 cards

GTX690, GTX780Ti, Titan, GTX780, GTX770, GTX680, GTX670, GTX660Ti, GTX660, GTX650Ti Boost, GTX650Ti, 2GB versions of the GTX650, GT640 (Kepler) and GT630Rev.2.

Still works reasonably well:
Geforce GTX 590, 580, 570, 480, 560 Ti (448), 470, 465, 560Ti, 460, 550Ti
Tesla* C2050/C2070 (Workstation), M2050/M2070, S2050 (Data Center)
Quadro Desktop* Quadro 6000, 5000, 4000, 2000, 2000D

Should still work but are now inefficient (slow, power inefficient and more likely to fail):
Geforce GTX 295, 285, 280, 275, 260-216 (55nm), Tesla10, Tesla20, 460SE, GTS450, Quadro 600, 480M (CC2.0)*, Quadro Mobiles; 5010M, 5000, 4000, 3000, 2000

Recommended Desktop OEM Cards:
GTX760Ti, GTX760, GeForce GTX 660 (OEM) - Two versions 1152:96:32 (256bit bus) and the lesser 1152:96:24 (192bit bus), GTX 645 (GK106) 576:48:16, GT 640 (GK107)
OEM GTX cards tend to be mid-range and GT cards are entry level cards, however the 760Ti and 760 are high end.

GPUGrid is now CC1.3 or higher (CC3.0, CC2.1 or CC2.0). I would add that most 65nm versions of CC1.3 cards will probably not work.

The Titan and it's smaller CC3.5 siblings now also work.

The GT240 was a good card for the earlier 6.05 and 6.12 apps. These apps were replaced with the 6.13 app and then the 6.14 and 6.15 apps because Fermi cards would not work on the earlier apps. Apps tend to be upgraded to introduce support for new cards and improve performance for high end cards. The project normally only supports 2 or 3 apps so it has to drop support for previous generations and only support a few more recent generations.

*The Tesla and Quadro cards are very expensive compared to the GeForce cards, so these are only really applicable to business users. The same applies to the Titan (basically a Tesla) compared to the GeForce 104 cards.

Any mobile cards are recommended rather than highly recommended because they could cause heat issues with the notebook - it's up to you to determine if you want to use them or not.

The high end, Most Recommended and Recommended cards are best suited to the long tasks. Other cards will also run long task, but you should consider your system usage, their run time and Boinc cache settings.

Non-recommended and entry level cards should NOT be used with long tasks.

This list is subject to change (new apps, and new GPU's - GTX760...).

The GK110 cards (Titans and GTX780's) are now working well (with suitable drivers).
Windows driver 331.4 and 331.13 for Linux x64, or newer, is recommended for GK110 cards (Titan and GTX780).
Note these are Beta drivers but fix many bugs -

- Opt out of Beta Tests
- Ask for Help

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