[nSLUG] Measured wattage of atom system

Herb htheriault at gmail.com
Thu Sep 18 15:38:50 ADT 2008


Thanks to refined Google ad targeting, this link appeared at the top
of my gmail page. Thought some might find it interesting.


http://communities.intel.com/openport/blogs/small-form-factors/2008/07/31/intel-atom-the-tiny-superhero-with-a-big-punch?gclid=CMyAlPv85ZUCFQLGGgodlWYceg

-Herb

On Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 2:56 PM, Stephen Gregory <nslug at kernelpanic.ca> wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 12:19:26PM -0300, Jason Kenney wrote:
>> On Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 9:33 AM, Michael Gillie <mikegpc at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > I'm finding this discussion interesting. It's really hard to believe that a
>> > CPU and usage of a computer can cost that much!
>>
>> Actually I don't think it does.
>
> The numbers I was running earlier were based on a server running all
> the time at idle. I always assume that a home server is going to spend
> most of its time idle.
>
> The 40w Atom will cost about $35 a year to run if it is kept running
> all the time. (at 10cents/kwh)
>
> An average desktop is probably using around 80w to over 100w at
> idle. Leving that machine running all the time costs $70 to $90 a
> year.
>
> It gets worst when you leave Folding at Home or Distributed.net apps
> running. You could easily pay twice that. (And if you have a P4 the numbers
> are much worst.)
>
>
> An argument can be made that for half the year the heat is not
> wasted. However electric heat is typically more expensive then
> oil.
>
> --
> sg
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