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Old May 15, 2009, 12:42 PM
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OK, I just started to Fold with you guys, and I have that question that pretty much everyone have in mind...

Have you seen a difference on your Hydro Bills?

Seriously, I love the fact that I can put my computer to good use... but I am very limited on my budget (bought a house alone, fiancee is finishing school...) So, I don't want to end up like this Winter when I got a bill of 660$ and another one of 440$ ...

Considering I have a Corsair 750 Watts + GTX 260 Core 216, will I see a major difference? Also, when I use the High Performance Client, it only uses my GTX 260 Core 216 right, that way saves some power usage and still produce a nice result at the end of the day.

Anyways, a quick question from a newcomer to folding
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Old May 15, 2009, 12:50 PM
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Folding with that setup will probably result in a power output of around 300W-400W which isn't all that much. Will you see an increase in your hydro bill? If you monitor it like a hawk, then yes. Otherwise, expect an increase of a few bucks at most.
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Old May 15, 2009, 12:54 PM
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Folding with that setup will probably result in a power output of around 300W-400W which isn't all that much. Will you see an increase in your hydro bill? If you monitor it like a hawk, then yes. Otherwise, expect an increase of a few bucks at most.
Yeah, really my budget is on the edge... I have a perfect balance in my Budget. I wouldn't mind some couple of bucks but let's say 30 - 40$ more, that's half my groceries budget for a week...

Anyways thanks for sharing your experience SKYMTL, but I want to heard from other Folder too!
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Old May 15, 2009, 01:00 PM
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$30-$40 is extreme. By a few bucks, I mean under $10.
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Old May 15, 2009, 01:01 PM
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Renter here so I don't really know *hopes landlord does not join HWC forums*. I did look for good efficiency in a PSU, hence the pricey Revolution PSU I bought a short while back.
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Old May 15, 2009, 01:05 PM
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Renter here so I don't really know *hopes landlord does not join HWC forums*. I did look for good efficiency in a PSU, hence the pricey Revolution PSU I bought a short while back.

Yes, I just changed my power supply to a Corsair TX750, it is certified T80 Plus. It's probably much more optimized then my Ultra 700 Watts crappy power supply ...
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Old May 15, 2009, 01:08 PM
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Here is an example of a highly overclocked and pretty power hungry system:

EVGA GTX 260 Core 216 55nm Superclocked Edition Video Card Review

Say 250W to even it out.

That means 250W = 0.25 kWh

0.25 x 24 hours = 6 kWh / day

6 x 30 days = 180 kWh / month

180 x 0.08 $/kWh = $14.40 / month


This can naturally be decreased by underclocking the core and overclocking the shaders.
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I was also curious about this as I have soon to be 3 machines

Will hopefully build tonight :
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How much power will I be using if they fold when I'm not using them. I usually leave the computers on 24/7 anyway but they just idle (before I started folding this month).
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Old May 15, 2009, 01:47 PM
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Here is an example of a highly overclocked and pretty power hungry system:

EVGA GTX 260 Core 216 55nm Superclocked Edition Video Card Review

Say 250W to even it out.

That means 250W = 0.25 kWh

0.25 x 24 hours = 6 kWh / day

6 x 30 days = 180 kWh / month

180 x 0.08 $/kWh = $14.40 / month


This can naturally be decreased by underclocking the core and overclocking the shaders.
Oh then, it's not that bad. The computer would take more power when you play games . When I run this client, my CPU shouldn't be used right?

Thanks for this extensive details, I can actually use them as a guideline now. So it would like you said come to extra bucks...
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Old May 15, 2009, 02:03 PM
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On April 17 i installed an energy meter to check power consumption on my pc.

So far, with the cpu working 24/7 at 100% capacity, and the gtx280 doing the same (except for the last week, as the gtx is gone for repairs),
my electrity cost is approx. $6.75

Check this thread:Energy Meter
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