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March 17, 2013, 10:16:35 PM
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I've just set up cgminer for a single 6870, and am getting about 270K at intensity level 15.  After reading the below statement, I'm a bit confused.  The rate at intensity 9 is a piddly 38K.  Is heeding the advice below actually optimal? 

Right now these are my stats running at an average of 15:

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E: 343%
U: 6.9/m
WU: 221.1
A:297
DW: 172


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NOTE: Running intensities above 9 with current hardware is likely to only
diminish return performance even if the hash rate might appear better. A good
starting baseline intensity to try on dedicated miners is 9. Higher values are
there to cope with future improvements in hardware.

If running at intensity 9 is actually more profitable I'm all for it since my desktop responsiveness and wattage would be much better at anything 13 or below.

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March 17, 2013, 11:38:45 PM
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Read the scrypt readme as well as the main readme since you're not mining bitcoin.

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March 18, 2013, 02:37:59 AM
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Read the scrypt readme as well as the main readme since you're not mining bitcoin.

Oh cool, a reply from the Dev himself - thanks man!

Anyhow, I was sure to read the scrypt-readme in addition to the main readme before posting - the only intensity related notes I saw there were:

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Just like in bitcoin mining, scrypt mining takes an intensity, however the
scale goes from 0 to 20 to mimic the "Aggression" used in mtrlt's reaper. The
reason this is crucial is that too high an intensity can actually be
disastrous with scrypt because it CAN run out of ram. High intensities
start writing over the same ram and it is highly dependent on the GPU, but they
can start actually DECREASING your hashrate, or even worse, start producing
garbage with HW errors skyrocketing. Note that if you do NOT specify an
intensity, cgminer uses dynamic mode which is designed to minimise the harm
to a running desktop and performance WILL be poor. The lower limit to intensity
with scrypt is usually 8 and cgminer will prevent it going too low.
SUMMARY: Setting this for reasonable hashrates is mandatory.

Which does not seem to relate to the passage I posted originally in that it speaks of a minimum of 8 and that going over what the GPU can handle leading to HW errors or a decreased hash rate, neither of which I experienced all the way up through 18.  I keep it at 17 when not using the machine since it's single GPU for now I have to lower that to 14 when I want to do anything else on the box.   

Anyhow, thanks for the reply. 
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