Calling All Folders: We Still Need Your Help to Beat Anandtech (and COVID-19) - Update

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Editor’s Note: This article was first published on March 27th and was updated on April 3rd. 

At the end of March, we announced a competition between Tom’s Hardware and Anandtech, where we asked our readers to pick a side and start donating their extra CPU and GPU cycles to Folding@Home, a non-profit massive computing project run out of Stanford University that’s currently helping medical researchers look for a coronavirus vaccine. Anyone can help out just by installing Folding@Home’s free software on their computer and setting a time for it to chip in its extra resources, which it does by simulating the protein folding process used by both viruses and human cells (hence the name). So, we figured now would be a perfect time to encourage donations with a “friendly” competition.

We’re now two weeks into our duel, and we’re proud of the combined 4,540,695,181 points we’ve been able to raise so far. We at Tom’s Hardware, though, are asking for just a little more. 

Anandtech's Folding team is winning. We can't let this stand. (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

Since the start of this competition (as of pub time), Tom’s Hardware has earned 2,045,050,864 points from Folding@Home, which the organization assigns based on how much each contributor’s system performs against a reference benchmark machine. Whichever side gains more points between the competition's announcement and its end will be the winner.

Big number, right? It still puts us 450,593,453 points behind Anandtech. You can see up to-the-hour results here.

Batten down the hatches, man the harpoons, it’s time to show Anandtech what the Tom’s Hardware team can do! We only have until April 15th to win this thing.

To fight for the good and holy cause of humiliating Anandtech (and stopping coronavirus), just enter team number 40051 in the “Change Identity” section of the Folding@Home software. Any points you gain will then be counted towards our team. We’ve already written a comprehensive guide for downloading and running Folding@Home in our announcement post for the competition.

By joining Tom’s Hardware in contributing to Folding@Home, you’ll be counted among these lovely folks on our leaderboard, as well as joining the millions already donating to turn Folding@Home into what is currently the world’s most powerful supercomputer.

So, whether it’s to save the world, to secure personal glory on the leaderboard, or to rub it into Anandtech and their team members’ smug faces (I live in a split household, so some of this might be personal), help Tom’s Hardware help the world today.old, so some of this might be personal), help Tom’s Hardware help the world today.

Michelle Ehrhardt

Michelle Ehrhardt is an editor at Tom's Hardware. She's been following tech since her family got a Gateway running Windows 95, and is now on her third custom-built system. Her work has been published in publications like Paste, The Atlantic, and Kill Screen, just to name a few. She also holds a master's degree in game design from NYU.

  • gio2vanni86
    Its really hard to get a work unit. Takes forever. I never had to wait that long before this whole crazy thing. Trying to get my 2nd PC running with my 980's but that has a major issue with the software not sure if its vista or something else. Going to do a clean install n reboot and try again hopefully this weekend. Ive been trying. Will try agin this weekend with my main PC.
  • MsGambit
    Had to get it to work twice , in the last 5 days ..13 WU completed on my side for 99% of the time not finding any work to do ...
  • MsGambit
    Ahha , now my GPU is working on project 11751 which is related to coronavirus :

    Projects 11745,11751Cause: unspecified
    CORONAVIRUS PROJECTCoronavirus SARS-CoV (SARS causing virus) receptor binding domain mutated to the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 causing virus) trapped by a SARS-CoV S230 antibody

    Glad it can now work on it !
  • DaBunny1
    admin said:
    Tom's Hardware and Anandtech are fighting to see who can contribute more to beating Coronavirus, here's how you can help

    Calling All Folders: We Still Need Your Help to Beat Anandtech (and COVID-19) : Read more
    looks up from abacus...hey me goin as fast as me can! ==(:*D
  • damfs
    sorry , i'm already folding for Linus
  • gio2vanni86
    Took forever but both rigs r running. 1080tis used to push more points wise. I cant wait for Ampere to be announced.
  • Rookie_MIB
    It's pretty frustrating. I haven't gotten a work unit in several days... :(
  • drtweak
    Already folding for Linus haha. And yea it is taking a while to get some jobs. I actually haven't had that hard of an issue. Linus said they were going to help them out and host servers at their place with their 10G Fiber.
  • nofanneeded
    lets see who got symptoms .. make a thread about it to know the percentage of Toms readers that got the bug
  • grimfox
    nofanneeded said:
    lets see who got symptoms .. make a thread about it to know the percentage of Toms readers that got the bug


    Been folding every night at least since F@H announced they had related WUs. But yeah. GPU is sitting idle a lot of the time because their GPU WU's are in such high demand.

    Getting a new WU can be difficult because of the long delays between requests. Restarting the system or F@H can send a new request before the the software would send one. I will caution that if everyone does that, they would likely have to move that delay to the sever side to prevent users creating an artificial DDOS. Normally I'd be doing just shy of 1m you can see I'm only about 1/3 of that rate.