26 November 2011

26th of November

Happy birthday. Happy birthday. Happy birthday to me :-)

I couldn't help myself. I went back to Akihabara and got another GTS450 single slot card. It was in the display case. They didn't want to sell it to me on Wednesday, but today its marked down from 14,000 yen to 11,600 yen as it was display stock and their last one. When the total gets to 30,000 yen or more you have to pay a 5% consumption tax. This kept me under that by buying in two separate transaction.

That brings me up to 3 of them, which I will probably put in Maul to replace the GT240 cards. It should increase its throughput quite nicely without too much power increase.

I have been in contact with Elsa in Japan and they have managed to find some more. Due to some restrictions they have to sell through their distributor if I want to get them shipped to Australia. I will probably buy 10 to cut down on shipping costs. That will give me 8 to put in the Adventure 2800 and 2 spares. Didn't I mention I got the Adventure 2800? Now all I have to do is get them all home.

GPUUG update
They finished the fund raiser for the RAID box and it has now been delivered to Seti@home. They have two additional targets:
a) 45 x 2Tb server grade hard disks
b) Another server

I have kicked in a bit of money towards both. I am concentrating on the hard disks as they cost less and they are needed for the RAID box thats recently been delivered.

23 November 2011

23rd of November

While walking around an electronics department store called Akiba I found the rare single-slot GTS450. Its an ELSA branded one, the same company that I got the Adventure 2800 from. They only had 2 in stock, otherwise I would have bought more.

19 November 2011

19th of November

Well not too much to report this time as I am still in Tokyo.

I did order an Adventure 2800 from the company in Japan. I have done the necessary funds transfer. I haven't had a confirmation that they have received the funds yet. Hopefully it will show up early next week as I should be heading back to Sydney at the end of the next week.

I am not too sure what GPU's I will put in it at the moment. I am leaning towards stuffing it with 8 x GT440's. The single slot MSI GTS450's would have been ideal but I can't find anywhere that has any. I still have to buy a suitable case, but I have do have a spare 1000w Corsair power supply.

12 November 2011

Going on an Adventure

Geetings again from Japan.

BOINC testing - 6.13
The 6.13 client got up to 6.13.12 this week. It contains quite a lot of changes. Given my current location I am unable to test it at the moment.

BOINC testing - 6.12
The 6.12 client got up to 6.12.43 which has a couple of Mac installer fixes and an additional field for Virtual Box handling.

GPUUG website
The GPU Users Group have registered as a non-profit organization. People can donate using PayPal and they then use the money to purchase specifc hardware or software for Seti at Home. Their web site is at http://www.gpuug.org/

One of the items they were after was a RAID enclosure. I gave $1,000 towards it. Other people also donated to it, so that it has now completed that item. There are other items to buy such as 45 x 2Tb server grade hard disk drives.

Going on an Adventure
Remember some time back I posted about the LucidLogix Adventure 2800? Well it turns out they sell them over here through a company called ELSA Japan. They are located here in Tokyo. I have been discussing pricing and availability with them. I may be able to get one of these while I am over here.

They have them bundled in a rack mount case, but I can purchase the motherboard, PCIe interface cards and a 1 meter cable without the case and power supply.