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Message 45120 - Posted: 2 Nov 2016 | 19:21:09 UTC - in response to Message 42173.
Last modified: 20 Nov 2017 | 15:07:22 UTC

Generation Pascal (GP) is now the most recommended architecture for crunching at GPUGRID, due to performance/Watt and the research predominately being Single Precision.

Recommendations are grouped into High End, Mid-Range and Entry Level and by architecture or series:

Highly Recommended (all GP):

High End GTX 1080, GTX 1070 Mid-Range GTX 1060 6GB, GTX 1060 3GB, Entry Level GTX 1050Ti, GTX 1050


Recommended (all GM):
High End GTX Titan X, GTX 980Ti, GTX 980, GTX 970 Mid-Range GTX 960, GTX 950 Entry Level GTX 750Ti, GTX 750


OK-ish (GeForce 700 series):
High End GTX Titan Z, GTX Titan Black, GTX 780Ti, Titan, GTX780, GTX 770, GTX 760Ti Mid-Range GTX 760, GTX 760 192-bit Entry Level GTX 740, GTX 730 (not the GF model)


Still work (GeForce 600 series):

High End GTX 690, GTX 680, GTX 670, GTX 660Ti Mid-Range GTX 660, GTX 650Ti Boost, GTX 650Ti Entry Level GTX 650 (2GB only), GT 640 (Kepler) and GT 630 Rev.2.


The GT1030 should also work but is below entry level & might not finish some work fast enough.

Maxwell and Pascal based Quadro's and Tesla's should work.

Mostly dont work/not recommended (most WU's require cc3.0 or greater):

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


No longer work:
Geforce GTX 295, 285, 280, 275, 260-216 (55nm), Tesla10, Tesla20, 460SE, GTS450, 480M (CC2.0), Quadro Mobiles; 5010M, 5000, 4000, 3000, 2000, Quadro 600


Recommended Desktop OEM Cards:
GTX 960 (OEM), GTX 760 Ti, GTX 760, 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 760 Ti and 660 Ti were high end.

GPUGrid is now CC3.0 or higher. If you try to use a GeForce (GF) GTX 470 for example the app will throw the following error message:
    #SWAN: FATAL: cannot find image for module [.nonbonded.cu.] for device version 200

That's because the GTX470 uses a GF100 chip which is Compute Capable (CC) 2.00.
Best to use GPU's with 2GB or more GDDR.

Compute Capability
CC6.1 GTX1000-Pascal (GP104/GP106) [GTX1080, GTX1070, GTX1060]
CC5.2 GTX900-Maxwell (GM204) [GTX980, GTX970]
CC5.0 GTX700-Maxwell (GM107) [GTX750, GTX750Ti]
CC3.5 GTX700-Kepler (GK110)
CC3.0 GTX600&700-Kepler (GK104, GK106, GK107, GK208)
CC2.1 GTX450&500-Fermi (GF104, GF106, GF108, GF114, GF116, GF118)
CC2.0 GTX450&500-Fermi (GF100, GF110)
CC1.3 GTX200 (GT200)
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