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hpw much power does a PC use?

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February 18, 2002 6:47:17 AM

How many watts are actually used in a pc? A thread over at Anandtech didnt give an answer. SO i found an article on the subject. The sytem specs are old, but give a rough idea.

<A HREF="http://www.targetpc.com/hardware/power_supplies/measure... " target="_new">http://www.targetpc.com/hardware/power_supplies/measure... </A>

Many sites put peak power consumption around 200 watts. The above link was the only one that actaully measured anything though. Most others just give a formula. Anyone else find links or have a clue what modern PC's consume?

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February 18, 2002 6:54:43 AM

Yeah, I have seen that site. But as far as I can tell there was no actual measuring invovled. They, like many others, give a formula. I am curious to see how much my PC affects my electric bill.

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February 18, 2002 6:57:44 AM

Try leaving it off for a month and see. :smile:

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February 18, 2002 12:31:57 PM

Hmmm... I've often wondered as well. I'll dig out my Fluke clamp meter and get back to you.

- JW
February 18, 2002 9:04:00 PM

<A HREF="http://users.erols.com/chare/elec.htm" target="_new">Here's</A> another link showing the power consumptions of all kinds of processors.

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February 18, 2002 9:04:00 PM

<A HREF="http://users.erols.com/chare/elec.htm" target="_new">Here's</A> another link showing the power consumptions of all kinds of processors.

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February 19, 2002 6:49:38 AM

Thanks for the input, but knowing just the processor wattage doesnt help. The mobo, pci cards, video card etc all use power too.
As for turning my PC off for a month, ARE YOU INSANE. I couldnt go a month without it. I would shrivel up and die (or something like that). Its like silicon crack.


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