Hello All - I am preparing to begin a series of projects using CUDA. At work, I will be using the Tesla C870. I am also going to purchase an entry-level card so I can experiment at home.
After a quick survey of the market, I am considering the EVGA GeForce 8600 GTS with 512mb Ram, 128-bit memory, 32Gb/sec BW, 675 MHz clock, and 32 stream processors. Based on what I’ve read, it was very favorably reviewed.
I realize that this doesn’t have 8800 performance, but for $159 it seems like a hard deal to beat.
Does anyone have any comments / thoughts on using the 8600 series with CUDA for basic learning and experimentation? Are there any know compatability issues with CUDA on this series of cards? Lastly, how difficult will it be to “scale” code from the 8600 to Telsa (32 stream cpus vs. 128 stream cpus), and vice versa.
On another note, I enjoyed the CUDA Tutorial at SC07, and it was a very helpful start.