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Old 8th March, 2004, 03:26 PM
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Just out of interest...

Has anyone investigated the differences in power consumption between a PC system sitting Idle all day, one Folding all day, a PC in constant "everyday" use and finally one in constant use "everyday" use and Folding as well?
It would be interesting to see what impact Folding,SETI etc has on power consumption with respect to the increased output of CO2 from power stations and of course the financial cost. Has anyone noticed increased power bills?

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Old 8th March, 2004, 03:45 PM
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The difference in power consumption in a desktop CPU between idle and full load is usually something on the order of 30 watts (if you are OC'ing, the difference might be more like 70 watts), basically a doubling of the CPU power consumption. In terms of the overall power consumption of the machine, I doubt that this alone would have more than a minor impact on it. Since these clients are very CPU intensive, but don't need all that much RAM or disk, I would tend to suspect that they don't really increase the power consumption in any substantial way.

As with just about everything in life, you have to make a tradeoff. Is the potential benefit (in this case to the entire human race) worth the resource consumption? <I> think so, but that's a decision you have to make for yourself.
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Old 9th March, 2004, 03:35 AM
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Has anyone noticed increased power bills?
not really. the air conditioner and the TVs use more power than a computer folding all day.

but i always try to turn off lights where they're not needed, so i think that helps balance out the consumption of power by the computer. having one of those 300watt lights run for an hour is basically equal to having a computer run for 3 hours. so the electric bill increases by a couple dollars at most.
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Old 9th March, 2004, 03:46 AM
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Old 9th March, 2004, 06:34 PM
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Allan just moved out of my appartment(ok, its my dads..) so Im expecting to see a decrease in the power bills soon.
Not so much because of the folding, but because of his girlfriend vacuming all the time...
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Old 11th March, 2004, 04:18 PM
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Allan just moved out of my appartment(ok, its my dads..) so Im expecting to see a decrease in the power bills soon.
Not so much because of the folding, but because of his girlfriend vacuming all the time...
LOL! I doubt the vacuum cleaner will ever be in use down there again, now that we've moved out! Sporadically, maybe, but no more than that, right?
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but i always try to turn off lights where they're not needed, so i think that helps balance out the consumption of power by the computer. having one of those 300watt lights run for an hour is basically equal to having a computer run for 3 hours. so the electric bill increases by a couple dollars at most.
My setup (including UPS and LCD monitor) consumes around 200W when running idle. That increases to around 214W when running F@H. My TV only needs around 90W!

However, idle and standby are two different things. If a machine goes into power saving, the consumption figures drop even further.
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It would be interesting to see what impact Folding,SETI etc has on power consumption with respect to the increased output of CO2 from power stations and of course the financial cost. Has anyone noticed increased power bills?

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Very roughly every 1 kWh of electricity consumed results in about 0.9 kg of CO2.
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LOL! I doubt the vacuum cleaner will ever be in use down there again, now that we've moved out! Sporadically, maybe, but no more than that, right?
If I only knew a word for less than sporadically...
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If I only knew a word for less than sporadically...

semi-annually or seldom come to mind
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Old 13th March, 2004, 11:27 AM
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Thats more like it

Actually Dan, my girlfriend is just about to move in. Should I be worried about the fact that she doenst mind the mess
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semi-annually or seldom come to mind
Thats more like it

Actually Dan, my girlfriend is just about to move in. Should I be worried about the fact that she doenst mind the mess
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semi-annually or seldom come to mind
Thats more like it

Actually Dan, my girlfriend is just about to move in. Should I be worried about the fact that she doenst mind the mess
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Actually Dan, my girlfriend is just about to move in. Should I be worried about the fact that she doenst mind the mess
Are you SURE its a SHE, not a HE in disguise??
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Don't worry. She will clean it up and nest at the same time. Every girlfriend that has lived with me has reordered the whole house in the process of nesting.
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Don't worry. She will clean it up and nest at the same time. Every girlfriend that has lived with me has reordered the whole house in the process of nesting.
I think we'd better end this discussion before I change my mind.
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