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Word of caution...

PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 2:31 pm
by Taron
Verve heavily uses GPU shaders, which will heat up any video card eventually! Cards older than 5 years may not be compatible to run Verve.

:!: If you have a card older than 3 years, please, open up your computer and check if the fans are free from dust :!:

My old video card (Nvidia Quadro 5000), died during playing a 3d video game (yes, I do play, too), leaving me with funky, migraine like flickering squares all over the screen until it seized functioning altogether. After a brief investigation of the hardware it was obvious: the tiny fans of it were hidden beneath a blanket of dust, leading to overheating and its end. I then went to buy myself the cheapest model of Nvidia's GTX 970, which has massive fans, yet, isn't really loud. It runs like a charm at a fraction of the price of the old Quadro 5000, beating its performance countless times, especially with Verve. Something I can happily recommend!

If you normally do not run games or applications that use heavy GPU shaders, be sure to follow my advice above! :geek:

Re: Word of caution...

PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 3:26 pm
by Pilou
the tiny fans of it were hidden beneath a blanket of dust, leading to overheating and its end


Yes but on Latop we can't open it without lost guarantee! :?

Re: Word of caution...

PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 3:49 pm
by Taron
A 5 year old laptop can't possibly run Verve, so you're safe! :lol:

Re: Word of caution...

PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 10:56 pm
by Knacki
Isn't that crazy.
Me, I although thought it would be great to have some professional stuff and bought a Quadro 4000for my old workstation.
I can't really see anything why I should do this again.
With the Titan GTX I again bought something over prized but what a difference!
The turn around is multiple time power.

The craziest is to see what people achieve by using multiple GPU.
My Titan GTX i.e. is rendering way slower than three cheap 580 GTX
I really like this ongoing GPU comparison on blenderartists:
http://blenderartists.org/forum/showthread.php?239480-2-7x-Cycles-benchmark-%28Updated-BMW%29/page109
Very interesting for that!!

The other thing is the visit of a vacuum cleaner time by time ;)
I had several cases where my stuff almost died due to filled cooling holes. Same possible with a notebook. ;) Mostly the openings are filled by dust, that's easy to remove with a vacuum cleaner - but have to be done every three month or so -> note to myself : "Clean all vents and fans!"
It's really worth it.

Re: Word of caution...

PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 12:39 pm
by Taron
If you have pets, it's a good idea to do that every months or even every few weeks! :PP :lol:
Hmmm, that's pretty interesting, using multiple GPUs. I have no idea how to set up something like this and wonder, if it could work for Verve, too?! :shrug: ...definitely interesting! 8-)
Thanks for sharing that, Knacki! :ob

Re: Word of caution...

PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 2:41 pm
by Mike K4ICY
The heat will also cause the bearings and lubricant in the fans to eventually dry and seize up.
But checking your video cards only goes so far here in Florida where lightning is likely to (and often does) kill your cards before use does. :lol:

When video cards start coming with giant tower fans and liquid cooling tubes then I'll know Verve will soon become sentient, :twisted:

Re: Word of caution...

PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 6:38 pm
by Taron
:lol: ...to all of it! :lol:
Yes, that will be the moment! :ugeek: