I ran their software on a number of systems. A screen shot of the results are below:
The systems are:
- "Core2Duo-GT260" is a nVidia GT260 GPU, w/ Core 2 Duo 3.0-GHz
- "Core2Quad" is a Core 2 quad 2.4-GHz.
- "EEE901" is an an Intel Atom 1.6-GHz dual-threaded.
- "MacBookAir" is using the nVidia 9400m GPU, w/ Core 2 Duo 1.86-GHz
- "Pentium3-400MHz" is using Intel Pentium III 400MHz single core CPU
I tried out some other processors as well. Intel has shipped a new extremely-mobile processor (intended for cell-phones) called the "Atom". It has roughly a tenth the CPU power of the desktop processor.
A tested the MacBook Air. Its graphics accelerator is actually slower than the built-in processor. Its 9400m GPU only does 178 hashes-per-second, but the Core 2 Duo could do around 400 hashes-per-second.
Graphics cards work by having a lot of tiny/simple processors. Here is a breakdown of some typical processors:
In theory, the speed of the cracking software should correlate with the frequency multiplied by the number of cores. The card to get right now is probably the 9800 GX2. I just ordered one from Newegg for $274. It puts two chips together on a single card, which should make it faster (as well as cheaper) than the GT260. I spent another $200 to get a system to go around it.
Elcomsoft currently cannot handle different cards. Therefore, when cracking software on a MacBook Pro (which has a 9400m and a 9600m), you won’t be able to use both simultaneously.