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Old June 8, 2009, 03:21 PM
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PC Power Consumption: How Many Watts Do We Need? (X-Bit)

You see these articles every now and then, but here's one with some more recent components, and some better measurements than just a simple wall outlet measurement. Shame they didn't investigate overclocking, but the results are still worth considering next time you're in the market for a PSU.
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I'm surprised how low the power consumption really is when measured from the PSU. I wonder what SKY has to say about their testing methodology.
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Interesting. Unfortunately, I can't comment since I have no idea about the accuracy of their circuit board + software.
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Interesting. Unfortunately, I can't comment since I have no idea about the accuracy of their circuit board + software.
I understand that and I respect it, but how likely would it be that a system like the gaming computer would work without any hassle on a reputable 300W PSU ?
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I understand that and I respect it, but how likely would it be that a system like the gaming computer would work without any hassle on a reputable 300W PSU ?
Not likely. We can't forget that all of that 300W is not dedicated to the 12V rails.
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And Running a Lower Wattage PSU at or near its Peak output means its going to Run Hot.
That will end the life of a PSU faster.
Thats why its better to create a nice buffer for what you need, prolonging the life.
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I call it ..... well, whatever... I just got one of those EM100's from Canadian Tire. While folding on one core of the CPU(E6850) and having three other instances running on a 9800GX2 and a 8600GT, the average wattage it pulls from the socket is 355W. This while folding a 905(CPU), an 1888 + 511 on the GX2 and another 511 on the 8600GT. Have a few USB devices and a few fans attached. So far the peak wattage did not reach the 400W and the Amperage did not go over 3.4A(???)

My rig runs on a Corsair 750TX? Do I really need it? Nah.... but it sure fine to know that I have that little extra! Now I'm gonna find a way to see how high I can go!
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And Running a Lower Wattage PSU at or near its Peak output means its going to Run Hot.
That will end the life of a PSU faster.
Thats why its better to create a nice buffer for what you need, prolonging the life.
My thoughts at least,

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Some buffer is always good, as is the quieter operation, but there are definitely diminishing returns from that approach. And there are still way too many people suggesting 750/850W PSU's for people building that "$300 computer".

Even the efficiency argument doesn't really hold true, since under the latest 80+ guidelines, PSU's can only give up a few points of efficiency at the 20% and 80% load points.
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Should I once again post Behemoth power cosumption numbers? Not to be sarcastic or showoff-ish, but Behemoth draws around 900w peak from the wall, measured by a Kill-A-Watt meter (thats about 8.5 to 9 Amps). So for all those fellas wondering if their 850w or 1000w PSUs are enough... Trust me, they are!
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Some buffer is always good, as is the quieter operation, but there are definitely diminishing returns from that approach. And there are still way too many people suggesting 750/850W PSU's for people building that "$300 computer".

Even the efficiency argument doesn't really hold true, since under the latest 80+ guidelines, PSU's can only give up a few points of efficiency at the 20% and 80% load points.

True, but the Higher end units do tend to get much better Internals. And that is what I am always aiming for. It is all subjective until we start opening these things up and having a look at whats inside.

But you are right, for a 300 computer, you don't need a TX750 sitting inside it.

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