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April 18, 2011, 02:44:05 AM
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I've got a machine almost built running dual 5870s (was $100-150 cheaper than 1x 5970 for slightly more output).

Does the OS have any effect on the hash rates?  If Linux is faster, would running a GUI linux distro instead of command line have much/any effect?  I'm looking at either Windows 7 x64 or Ubuntu.  I have some spare keys for Windows 7, so the cost of the OS isn't a factor.

UPDATE/EDIT:  If it matters, I may add on a third and/or fourth GPU to the system later.  Running a 1k watt PSU in the rig right now with ample space and airflow.
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April 18, 2011, 02:53:53 AM
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I haven't done ay Linux mining yet.
My windows machines seem to average about 340mh/s per 5870.
Seems like three of them per machine is a charm.
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April 18, 2011, 03:00:30 AM
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Windows all the way due to memory frequency and GPU votage control.

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April 18, 2011, 03:08:12 AM
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UPDATE/EDIT:  If it matters, I may add on a third and/or fourth GPU to the system later.  Running a 1k watt PSU in the rig right now with ample space and airflow.
Do you plan to use water cooling ? How else can you fit 4 cards in one MB ? :)

I would recommend mining on Windows, of course. Unless you are going to install more than 2x5970 or 4x5870

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April 18, 2011, 01:13:03 PM
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UPDATE/EDIT:  If it matters, I may add on a third and/or fourth GPU to the system later.  Running a 1k watt PSU in the rig right now with ample space and airflow.
Do you plan to use water cooling ? How else can you fit 4 cards in one MB ? Smiley

I would recommend mining on Windows, of course. Unless you are going to install more than 2x5970 or 4x5870

why is windows recommended over linux?
if you do your over clocking in windows and then flash the gfx bios then all voltage settings and such works in linux as well

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April 18, 2011, 01:55:39 PM
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UPDATE/EDIT:  If it matters, I may add on a third and/or fourth GPU to the system later.  Running a 1k watt PSU in the rig right now with ample space and airflow.
Do you plan to use water cooling ? How else can you fit 4 cards in one MB ? Smiley

I would recommend mining on Windows, of course. Unless you are going to install more than 2x5970 or 4x5870

why is windows recommended over linux?
if you do your over clocking in windows and then flash the gfx bios then all voltage settings and such works in linux as well

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April 18, 2011, 02:43:30 PM
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in a set and forget set-up system preferences should not play any role imo.

I dont like to use BSD in my day to day work but for setting up a file server it is pretty good as it draws next to no idle power.

I think the op is asking if linux would give better hash rates than windows. Also if a non gui linux distro would give better hash rate than a gui dristro.

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June 03, 2011, 05:26:31 PM
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Hate to resurrect this thread but I was just about to post one similar.  Is there anyone out there that has done a side by side comparison of the same hardware/overclock on Windows vs. Linux systems?

I'm debating rebuilding one of my boxes with Linux, but I honestly know next to nothing about it so I'm not sure it's worth the effort/aggravation...
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June 03, 2011, 05:37:12 PM
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I run one of my cards on Windows, and two more of the same kind on Linux. Same software (poclbm), same settings, same exact amount of overclocking.  Here is the result:

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June 03, 2011, 05:39:43 PM
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Which version of linux are you using?  LinuxCoin, Natty?  Did you follow any of the setup tutorials they have listed here?
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June 27, 2011, 12:41:47 PM
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I run one of my cards on Windows, and two more of the same kind on Linux. Same software (poclbm), same settings, same exact amount of overclocking.  Here is the result:

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24279 (Windows)
28622 (Linux)
28575 (Linux)

Notice any difference?


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June 27, 2011, 12:53:12 PM
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I will be happy to provide a side by side comparison for the following step up

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June 27, 2011, 01:09:54 PM
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Not that I know off, but Linux has other advantages. Probably one of the most important - it has bash. Just writing a script that checks your favorite pool for downtime and switches if need be is quite good. And you can manage fan speeds, undervolting etc from the command line, using AMDOverdriveCtrl.

aoclbf does all this plus more from the 1 GUI on Windows...

Its clear now 11.6 drivers support more than 4 GPU's that windows is now king for mining.....

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June 27, 2011, 02:00:32 PM
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I'd say the anwser is: choose OS which you prefer. It doesn't really matter.

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June 27, 2011, 02:12:31 PM
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I'd say the anwser is: choose OS which you prefer. It doesn't really matter.

True.  You have to consider your administration comfort as well.  If the rig is down, would you be more comfortable administer in Win or Linux?

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June 27, 2011, 02:16:00 PM
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It all depends on what you like.
If you're good with linux, go for linux. I personally use linux so i can ssh into my machines to manage them from my phone.
If you're not linux geek, use windows. Installing/managing a linux mining rig can be a real pain with limited linux experience.

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June 27, 2011, 05:20:57 PM
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Installing/managing a Windows mining rig can be a real pain with limited Windows experience, too -- and even a real pain for "experts"! Being able to find the Control Panel doesn't equate to being able to fix Windows when it inevitably breaks.

I prefer Linux -- not just for mining but for everyday usage -- because it's EASIER than Windows.

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June 27, 2011, 05:33:34 PM
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Installing/managing a Windows mining rig can be a real pain with limited Windows experience, too -- and even a real pain for "experts"! Being able to find the Control Panel doesn't equate to being able to fix Windows when it inevitably breaks.

I prefer Linux -- not just for mining but for everyday usage -- because it's EASIER than Windows.
I agree with you - Linux is easier. Also just requires a 2gb Flash disk instead of a whole hard drive. That said apart from being a victim of a Bitcoin stealing trojan which is an obvious weakness to Windows, I don't see any disadvantage. Why would Windows invariably "break"? Especially when not doing much else than just sitting there and mining all day.

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June 27, 2011, 06:18:37 PM
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Im using my MinerPE on PXE boot for my single GPU setups and Linux for my multiple GPU setups.

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June 27, 2011, 07:29:19 PM
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I would suggest Windows would allow you to get better hash rates because you will have much more control over the card (card creators consider Windows before Linux in general and there are many tools out there to tweak your cards which only run on Windows).

I'm in the middle of configuring a 2x5850 (Sapphire Xtreme) mining rig and would love to clock the cores past 900 MHz but I've found no way of doing that on Linux (Windows users can either flash the bios or use Sapphire's TriXX).

Of course, this all assumes you already have a valid Windows OS License.  If you do not have a Windows OS License then the cost of this will probably outweigh any benefit from greater power over your cards.
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