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Poll: do you care about CPU power use?

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Do you you consider CPU power consumption when choosing a CPU?

Total: 49 votes (8 blank votes)

  • No, even the biggest power hog CPU won't affect my power bill.
  • 25 %
  • No, I live in a cold climate and want global warming soon.
  • 7 %
  • No, I don't pay for power.
  • 12 %
  • No, I love spending money.
  • 0 %
  • No, otherwise I would have to buy a room heater.
  • 3 %
  • Yes, I'm worried about global warming.
  • 9 %
  • Yes, power costs me a lot.
  • 14 %
  • Yes, I don't want the computer to get too hot.
  • 18 %
  • Yes, otherwise my room gets too hot.
  • 0 %
  • Yes, but only because it means I might be able to overclock it more.
  • 16 %
May 22, 2008 8:51:02 PM

There was an interesting recent thread on this, but no poll, so here's the poll.

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May 22, 2008 9:00:35 PM

I will just say Yes without voting because everone of the yes options count for me except the global warming & overcloking one.
May 22, 2008 9:07:21 PM

Just pick your most important reason, CPT.
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May 22, 2008 10:41:13 PM

Unless you have the thing overclocked and running flat out you arent going to notice a difference in power bill with one computer. I went for no, i dont pay the bills, cause i dont but i wouldnt care if i had to either
May 22, 2008 11:23:37 PM

This should be a yes or no poll.

My vote is no.
I rarely put my cpu under 100% load.
May 22, 2008 11:31:02 PM

My vote : Yes, I don't want the computer to get too hot.
Passive cooled CPUs should make a comeback. :) 
And someone remake Zalman's passive cooled case ... but make it less of an eyesore. The price is also a bit of a sore. :) 
May 23, 2008 12:38:53 AM

Good comments, folks! Remember, though, your vote only counts if you click on one of the little dots in the poll (yes, that means you, Andrius!).
May 23, 2008 1:55:42 AM

Mondoman said:
Good comments, folks! Remember, though, your vote only counts if you click on one of the little dots in the poll (yes, that means you, Andrius!).
The forum says I voted already. If it didn't count ... excrement happens. This forum "revision" has so many "random features" it makes me happy I can post at all. :heink: 

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May 23, 2008 2:05:47 AM

I consider computing power before power consumption.
May 23, 2008 2:20:00 AM

Notice how nobody gives a flying fk about global warming.

I TRY to be aware of my global footprint, but its just so hard sometimes.
5.7L v8 muscle car, 4WD, speed boat, road bike (pictured), race bike, quad cores... you get the point?

Its like i wanna be environmentally friendly, but i dont wanna live like a poor bitch either.

Sadly most of the developed world think the exact same way.
May 23, 2008 3:19:25 AM

I care to the point of too much heat. Its like leaving a nightlight on for the difference, so who cares. If I were the owner of a huge number crunching company, then yes , but since Im not, let them worry about it
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May 23, 2008 3:33:43 AM

Well since I'm pay $0.20 per KWH, I guess over a longer period of time it all adds up. On average my monthly bill is about $70. During the summer months probably $95 - $115 each month.


That's for a 425 - 450 sqr ft apartment.
May 23, 2008 8:11:48 AM

No @ the topic

But that doesn't mean I'm against better technology that can do the same or better for less use of resources or energy.

:D 
May 23, 2008 10:18:02 AM

Im glad there is some interest in the whole power consuption thing, I started the other thread asking if people really care about a small difference in cpu thurst.

I just dont care, rolli59 said they care about performance more than power consuption, i agree.

If you can afford a power hungry then surely you dont mind spending and extra 20 dollars a year on power, he he - im sure my numbers are way off but you know what i mean...

May 23, 2008 10:21:49 AM

Mondoman said:
There was an interesting recent thread on this, but no poll, so here's the poll.


Well, the options were a bit odd, so I'll explain mine. I voted "Yes, I don't want my computer to get too hot". Because I have 3 PC's in the living room (we're PC centric, not TV centric), I like to have them running as cool as possible.

That's why I have an Antec Nine Hundred case and why I'm currently still using a 65 watt Athlon X2. No way would I go with a 125 watt Phenom. The most I'd go for is a 95 watt 8750 right now.

Do I worry about the electric bills? I worry more about stable computing and cool running PC's.

Ideally, I prefer 65 watt PC's, good graphics cards that deliver but also power down when not being used to the full, well rated PSU's and reliable UPC's.

I also don't overclock. I also am solely responsible for the bills, which is why I'm always reminding my 7 year old to turn off his PC when he's not using it, or to turn off the TV when he turns off the Gamecube.

Know what I really want? LED lighting to replace mercury using CFL's.

mrmez said:
Notice how nobody gives a flying fk about global warming.

I TRY to be aware of my global footprint, but its just so hard sometimes.
5.7L v8 muscle car, 4WD, speed boat, road bike (pictured), race bike, quad cores... you get the point?

Its like i wanna be environmentally friendly, but i dont wanna live like a poor bitch either.

Sadly most of the developed world think the exact same way.


Well, I try to be green. Don't even own or drive a car. Walk to work and take mass transit otherwise (with the occasional cab). No matter how green I am, since I live in Texas, I have a large carbon footprint. All those coal fired plants.

You could drive a hummer in Vermont and still be green when your state's ratings are added to the mix, but you could drive a prius and recycle everything like you're on a mission to Mars but still be a polluter if you live in Texas or Nevada.



May 23, 2008 11:43:12 AM

I work on an Oilrig in Alaska, you really think I care? lol.
May 23, 2008 11:46:10 AM

Yes, at same performance of course less power consumption is preferred over high power consumption but the vote item is too specific and only single choice so was not voted.
May 23, 2008 12:33:04 PM

If it performs great, runs cool and doesn't cause horrible noise, it's power consumption is irrelevant for me. I've been running my Q6600 for six months 24/7 and the powerbill hasn't really changed so that's that.
It might when I run my AC over the summer but I don't think the computer will have much to do with that.

From what Kill-a-watts say 3 classic 75W lightbulbs need more energy than a quadcore at prime95 load anyway. I changed those bulbs for the "energy efficient" <10W editions about 3 years ago anyway.

The electricity bill is always under 20EUR for 46sqm(~500sqft). My car consumes 6.7l/100km (~35mpg) but I live in Europe so it's quite average. :) 
May 23, 2008 2:30:36 PM

I really don't give a damn.

My primary concern for all my PCs is that they run as stably as possible.

Next, they have to be overclocked/running as fast as possible while maintaining stability.

Other than that, I don't give a damn what label is on it, or how many environments I am killing. They all run 24-7 and I will not be changing this anytime soon.

I will say however, that my front room having nearly 3000W of computers in, NEVER gets cold all year round, and in fact has the aircon on most of the year.

I love it :) 
May 24, 2008 6:16:25 AM

Kenai28 said:
I work on an Oilrig in Alaska, you really think I care? lol.


Transfer to an oil rig off the Gulf coast and you'll start to care very quickly! :lol: 

I've never gotten used to the heat down here. It's like a whole new world when I travel back home. I can get on the plane here where it's 103 and get off the plane there where it's 83.
May 25, 2008 1:06:54 AM

mrmez said:
Notice how nobody gives a flying fk about global warming.

As a highly educated person, I find the field of long term weather prediction to be to politicized to be able to perform any unbiased results. At this point I find the claim of global warming to be nothing but communist fear mongering to get power.

I don't give a flippin' about global warming. Technology and development is wonderful! Give me the latest tech and if it happens to as a side effect to be more energy efficient and getting more computational powers out of it. I don't complain but that energy consumption isn't a primary concern of mine! :sleep: 
May 25, 2008 2:50:22 AM

I live on my own and i pay my own bill's I voted yes just to keep my computer cooler...

When i choose a CPU i look at the power consumption becuase a lower power cpu is usually a newer stepping and run's more efficient. But aslo becuase i do not want a hot block of air in my case! I would like to keep temp's and noise down as much as possible.

I leave my rig on at night so windows and my anitvirus can update and so my antivirus can run a full system scan..

But in the morning before work i power it down becuase there is no reason for it too be running doing nothing. Not becuase i care about my power bill.

And yes i know im running a 125w CPU....But if i could find one of those 95w ones i would have got it!
May 25, 2008 8:47:16 PM

lordmetroid said:
At this point I find the claim of global warming to be nothing but communist fear mongering to get power.:
Amen, brudda.
May 25, 2008 9:49:35 PM

spongebob said:
Amen, brudda.


Exactly Right! talk to elderly and they will tell you the weather has not changed a bit, Global warming is more **** than anything i have ever heard.
May 26, 2008 4:38:16 AM

The rivers dont freeze, where we used to skate. The glaciers are dissapearing. Huge forests have died before my eyes.
Believe what you will, it will affect you.
May 26, 2008 5:32:53 AM

endyen said:
The rivers dont freeze, where we used to skate. The glaciers are dissapearing. Huge forests have died before my eyes.
Believe what you will, it will affect you.
Not questioning the effects, just the cause.

The polar ice caps are melting on Mars... AFAIK there are no SUVs up there.
May 26, 2008 6:36:05 AM

spongebob said:
Not questioning the effects, just the cause.

The polar ice caps are melting on Mars... AFAIK there are no SUVs up there.

Funny how thier springtime coinsides with ours. Yes, the southern martian polar icecap melts most springs.
Since it's CO^2, it does that in reaction to direct sunlight.
By the way, we just went through a very cold winter. Cycles still happen on earth as well.
Some places will see more rain, others less. Some places will have worse fire seasons, some places will have worse huricanes.
The worst part about the glaciers is how black they've gotten, as they melt.
May 26, 2008 7:11:12 AM

It seems heat is discussed up here alot.

Here is my NOOB question:

Will a 90w cpu always run cooler then a 100w?
May 26, 2008 7:35:19 AM

Poopsmasher said:
It seems heat is discussed up here alot.

Here is my NOOB question:

Will a 90w cpu always run cooler then a 100w?

No. The temperature a chip runs at, is controled by it's cooler.
Put a better hsf, or go water on that 100w cpu, and it will run a bunch cooler.
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