Okay, I got the card and PSU installed, I had to disable the onboard graphics in Device Manager because the cheapo ASUS motherboard doesn't include an option to disable it. (It claims to do it automatically, but...)
I installed the CUDA toolkit using the batch file and that seemed to work fine, it ran and downloaded some stuff it needed along the way.
Before reinstalling CPAI, we were curious what kind of frame rates we would get on it. Even though it looks like it's in mint condition for all we know this thing has beat to death mining crypto or whatever, right?
We loaded the UserBenchmark
app and ran it, but it couldn't even find the GPU and it basically said everything is running terrible and bad and slow and awful blah de blah de blah. It's supposed to be a great benchmarking app but what it was telling us made no sense.
So we loaded the Unigine Heaven benchmark app and ran it using the DirectX 11 setting. At first we were getting like 7 and 8 FPS. Not 70 or 80, but 7. Sometimes it would spike all the way up to 8. Wooo, we're cookin' now!
We checked a lot of stuff, but didn't see anything wrong. Just for fun I switched it to DirectX 9, reran the benchmark, and *boom*. It took off like a rocket.
It runs the Unigine Heaven benchmark consistently at 165 to 171 FPS
, rock solid. When I turn on "anti-aliasing x2" it went over 200 FPS
on and off. (Shouldn't that impose more
of a load??)
I know that's hard to believe so here are some (actual) screenshots. I couldn't use my screenshot program while it was running apparently.
The blurry one is hard to make out (an actual screenshot, lol) but in the upper right corner you can just make out the number "202" for the frame rate.
Next, time to load CPAI and see what happens...