Actual power consumption

pitsi

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I know that this has been discussed a long time ago here, but I don't think it is possible for me to find that post anymore so here it goes. Is there any way to actually know how much power my computer really consumes? I would like to see how painful it will be to my electricity bill (!) if I keep my PC on 24/7.

My current specs are:

Asus A7N8X Deluxe
Athlon XP 1800+ @ 2GHz (vcore: 1.65v)
ATI Radeon 9500 Pro (default clock speeds)
Western Digital 1200JB
Antec TruePower 430w
2 Optical Drives (DVD-ROM,CD-RW)

I think this is it. Anyone out there who can help with this?

Also something irrelevant but now that we all know that Mobile Athlon XPs can work without any problems in desktop PCs, does anybody know if my SLK-800 paired with maybe a 80mm Vantec Stealth Fan would be sufficient for cooling this 1.45v vcore CPU? As you can probably imagine, the goal here is a silent PC.

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blackphoenix77

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I would focus on your power supply, thats where all the power comes from and I imagine it takes in the same amount of juice all the time...call or email Antec and ask them.

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Spitfire_x86

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Mobile AXP 2500+ runs at 1.25v

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jihiggs

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my power bill is 40 bucks a month, i have 3 higher end computers running all the time and one pos for my server. that plus the lights and the dryer and electric range and oven. so you can see my comps make a very small percentage of that. oh yea, and a laptop running all the time. but i do turn the monitors off when im not using them. thats the real power sucker-upper.

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endyen

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The mobile xp2500+ is a 45 watt max part, so that setup should be fine.
Spitfire, they do sell xp2500+ that run on 1.45v
As far as how much power your box uses, that would depend on what you were doing. The big power items are cpu and gpu, but only under heavy load will they draw 50> 80 watts each. The box without the speakers and monitor should do about 4 to 5 hours of heavy gaming for 1 kilowatt hour. In standby mode, you are looking at a week or so. If you use more than 2 KWH per day, you need to get out more.
 

pitsi

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Actually, 90% of the time the computer is downloading stuff from the Internet (that's the reason for 24/7). So the monitor is usually in standby mode, speakers are turned off, and the CPU and GPU are practically idle. So I guess, based on what you said, that I shouldn't worry.

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cdpage

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Yea i here ya i would still ilike to find a product that does that.

not just for my computer... but for any and all things in my house.

Perhaps a product like that doesn't exixt becasue the energy companies don't want us knowing something.

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cdpage

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yay i can't seem to find it in canada anywhere.

and im not about to pay for the shipping.

if anyone knows where to find this or a similar product in canada please let me know.



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jclw

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Just get a clamp meter from your local electrical supply store.

Or if you want something permanent all you need is a current transfomer and gauge.

Where do you live and what's your budget?

For PC power consumption just guestimate how much power your PC uses. 200~250W is probably a good number to go with. Double it because power supplies are so inefficient and you get 500W.

500W x 1 hr = 500Whrs or 0.5kWhrs

Check your power bill for how much you pay for electricity.

I pay $0.0861 per kWhr so to run a computer for an hour would cost me:

0.5 x $0.0861 = $0.043

Less than 5 CDN cents, or about 52 cents to run it for 12 hours.

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potsy

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"Mobile AXP 2500+ runs at 1.25v"

thats a newegg typo...all the XP-M's are 1.45v

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