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Old 18th January, 2006, 12:25 PM
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Lets talk about power!

Well, I didnt think it would take them long. Ive had my pc folding 24/7 for the last few months. Today i got a new bill and the power company want to put up my leccy bill by £10 a month Although this may not seem like alot, in my current situation its enough to force me to have to stop folding 24/7 which i dont want to be doing.

I need to find out how much my pc draws in power over a 24/168 hr period. Anyone know how i can work this out?
And if poss does anyone have any ideas about how to reduce the power comsumed by a pc, For example: does an overclocked system use that much more power than one at stock?

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Old 18th January, 2006, 01:26 PM
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When OC your rig will consume more. When folding will consume more because the CPU will be used 100 %. If you use Graphical Client you can set the max ammount of used CPU at 50% or whatever you see fit.

Hope this helps a little !
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Unfortunately the calculations aren't quite so simple, unless you can monitor the consumption at the socket.

For example, my rig (PC, monitor, cooling, printer, speakers, UPS etc) when idle takes 217W. Under full (CPU+Graphics) load it takes about 250W. For example, going from 2.0GHz to 2.4GHz increases the power consumption of the CPU by 20%. Given that the CPU isn't the only part consuming power, that represents a small part of the total power consumed.

So, an overclocked system does take more power, but you might find that it's only some 10% of the total power.

What power management do you have in place? What remains on or in standby? (Note that electronic devices that are in standby still take a few watts of power. You can make some savings by turning things off rather than standby!)
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A tangendentally related question! ":O} Always wanted to type that! ( and now I can't spell it! LOL)

Does telling your drives to sleep effect Distributed computing, or is that all up in da ram?
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Old 18th January, 2006, 05:36 PM
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A tangendentally related question! ":O} Always wanted to type that! ( and now I can't spell it! LOL)

Does telling your drives to sleep effect Distributed computing, or is that all up in da ram?
The data is written on HDD before the core is engaged (by the download of the proteine) and after is done.
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Telling the hard disks to spin down may help, if the app doesn't write stuff to disk too often. BOINC/WGC under windows appears to write too frequently for the disks to spin down.
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Old 19th January, 2006, 04:15 PM
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Try this my good man

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?...criteria=mains monitor&doy=19m1

Although I got it for £10 as it was on offer.
Few things i learnt.In a folding rig(not your main machine)you dont need poky graphics card.In one of my machines the 9800XT accounted for approx 30% of the power consumption.PCI cards do fine.Turn everything off on the moptherboard you do not need.I tried hard drive spin down but F@H did not like it.Lower your vcore and other voltages to the lowest possible.Its amazing how much more juice you use running at say 1.85v instead of 1.75v.Also having 12 machines when you turn them off cut the supply.They use a small amount on standby but add them all up X how ever many days and its a noticeable sum.By using the above meter and noting what pinched what.(ie dvd drives etc use didly squat when doing nothing)I knocked my leccy bill from £210 to £150 average.
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Old 22nd January, 2006, 11:04 PM
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Thanx for help everyone!

Nice1 smiffy, Ive been looking for something like that for awhile.

Thats 3 people on AoA that come from good old norfolk(the best county)
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I remember back when I first started to fold I use to tell the hd's to spin down. I would usually get a problem though.
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I remember back when I first started to fold I use to tell the hd's to spin down. I would usually get a problem though.
I'll give that a miss then.
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I know it cost me more $$ to have 8 rigs folding instead of 2. I just don't have
it broken down as to how much more. we have electric everything and I try
to use as little as possible anyway. I have had two rigs folding for 4 months
24/7 and would have to shut them down to find the difference. that will not
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and just in case you were woundering if I was going to make 1000 posts?


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I know it cost me more $$ to have 8 rigs folding instead of 2. I just don't have
it broken down as to how much more. we have electric everything and I try
to use as little as possible anyway. I have had two rigs folding for 4 months
24/7 and would have to shut them down to find the difference. that will not
happen!

Ron
Without the spirit there is no power ! Thnks RON
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and just in case you were woundering if I was going to make 1000 posts?


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Congorats as Logan would have said....by the way where is Logan?
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I haven't heard from him in ages i wonder what he's up to.
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I haven't heard from him in ages i wonder what he's up to.
Last time I heard he is getting married !
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My latest electricity bill was way too high, which caused me to power down some rigs as well. I don't have any running 24/7 anymore. (From 4 to 0 makes a difference, but also on the folding output, sadly)
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