Team Anandtech vs Tom’s Hardware Folding@Home Race - Round 2

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Feb 28, 2016
The race starts Monday, March 12, 18:00 UTC and ends Friday, March 16, 18:00 UTC.

Welcome to the race!

You can simply download the software and let it crunch on its own as is, or you can try to maximize your output and tweak your settings to your heart’s content. It is up to you.

This is a basic getting started guide. For more complex scenarios and for help with the advanced side of the Folding at Home Control please ask questions and someone will try to help. We have a discussion thread set up here. Please be as concise as possible when asking a question. You can also check out our Folding@Home Guide for easy reference.

Go to the main page of Folding@Home and download the software by clicking on the “start folding” button. You can let them download the Windows version or if you have a different OS, click on “Alternative Downloads” in lower right of the pop-up window and pick your poison there.

You will first need to create a user account, and get a passkey. While passkeys are not a strict requirement, they do grant bonus points so it is strongly recommended. See Passkey FAQ at the bottom of the FAQ page for more info.

When starting up the first time be sure and enter your Folding Name and Team Number and Passkey or your points won't be counted properly.

Team Numbers:

Team Anandtech > 198

Tom’s Hardware > 40051

Most beginners should choose Express Install which automatically starts with Web Control. If you wish to see behind the curtain and have more control over everything you can switch over to Advanced Control after Folding@Home starts by right clicking on the system tray icon and choosing Advanced.

Miscellaneous Issues:

It is important that you pay attention to your GPU drivers. Make sure you have drivers suited to your equipment and try NOT to let Windows automatically update the driver once you get things working properly.

In the event you are a first-time folder it is highly recommended that you start ahead of time in order to work out any problems and to let the first ten work units process before the race starts. This race is fairly short, five days, so it will be like a sprint.

There is a lot of good info on the Folding@Home web site but occasionally you may run across old info, so don’t be afraid to ask questions if things don’t go as expected.

Often when you make a change it is applied right away but it is usually best practice to stop the client and restart it after a change, especially if it does not behave as expected.

Good luck and may the best folder win!
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