Re: GPU workstation build

From: Aron Broom (
Date: Mon Aug 20 2012 - 11:21:10 CDT

In terms of the bandwidth and the integrated PCI-e bridge, I think you
might get a sense from the motherboard manual, as they will generally say
something like "one at 16x or two at 8x each". I guess ideally you want to
be able to tos 4 cards in there and get 16x for all of them.

I'm also quite interested in the performance for the GTX680s. One thing to
note, although I'm not 100% certain of this, so something can correct me, I
think that without using the new PCI-e 3.0 (which the Keplers are capable
of) you'll actually have lower bandwidth with a 680 compared with a 580,
and you only get back to 580 bandwidth levels when you are using the 3.0.


On Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM, Blake Mertz <>wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm in the process of putting together a GPU workstation based off of
> a Tyan S8232GM4NR motherboard -- it's a dual-socket AMD G34, with 4
> PCI-e Gen2.0 slots that are spec'd to run at 16x
> (
> ).
> My two biggest concerns are:
> 1) the bandwidth on my motherboard with respect to the GPUs, and
> 2) which commercial Nvidia GPUs I should go with.
> From what I can tell by Axel Kohlmeyer's response to Matt Roark's
> inquiry (
> ),
> you have to look out for motherboards with integrated "PCIe bridges",
> which I haven't been able to confirm on the S8232, either in the
> manual or from looking online. Does anyone have experience using this
> board for namd?
> Also, I noticed Francesco Pietra has done some testing with GTX 680s
> (which is what I happened to initially purchase), but I haven't seen
> much else on namd-l discussing these cards. Has anyone else had a
> chance to compare the 680 performance over the 580s? I've had a hard
> time judging the advantages of the new Kepler architecture over Fermi,
> especially in context of namd performance. Thanks for any help you can
> give.
> Blake
> --
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> C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry
> West Virginia University
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Aron Broom M.Sc
PhD Student
Department of Chemistry
University of Waterloo

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