How much energy do modern computers consume?

Posted on Monday, September 05 2005 @ 2:40 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
The question how many energy modern and a little bit "older" systems based on the AMD Barton or Intel Northwood core consume is an interesting question and SilentPCReview has dedicated a whole article to it. They have tested systems with the following processors: AMD Socket 754 Athlon 64 3200+ (Newcastle), Intel Socket 478 P4 2.8 GHz (Northwood), AMD Socket A Athlon 2500+ (Barton), Intel LGA775 Pentium D 820 (2 x 2.8 GHz), Intel LGA775 Pentium 670 (3.8 GHz), AMD Socket 939 Athlon 64 3500+ (Venice)

The following questions are addressed:
How much AC power does a computer and all its related peripherals (monitors, speakers, and printers, for example) draw?
How much AC power does a computer draw apart from its peripherals?
How much DC power does each individual component in the computer system draw?
How much power does a computer system draw from each DC voltage rail on the power supply?
You can check out the article over here.

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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