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generating heat with electrical energy is the most efficient way to covert elecrical energy, its 100% efficiency: 250watts of electrical energy is 250 joule/sec. if you use it to generate heat, 250joule/sec of heat is produced
I should have said cost-effective instead of efficient. My bad.
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i would open that server up and host cheese pizza...jk
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generating heat with electrical energy is the most efficient way to covert elecrical energy
Efficient - yes, cost effective - no.
    
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OCN members have been doing this for years. Its called spending your heating budget on better components and folding through the winter.

This also reminds me of the Ratman rooms in the original Portal where someone was cooking beans on a desktop pc heatsink.
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Not a bad idea.
    
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I could totally see a 40 CPU data center in private homes...
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generating heat with electrical energy is the most efficient way to covert elecrical energy, its 100% efficiency: 250watts of electrical energy is 250 joule/sec. if you use it to generate heat, 250joule/sec of heat is produced
Don't forget to factor in transportation costs.

You have to deliver the elecricity and pay for that service/inefficieny as well.
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post #18 of 41
Kind of neat idea once you think about it. I could see it being used in existing data centers where the computer infrastructure is already in place. Just do some fancy ducting work, and viola, heating costs reduced during the winter.

I'm not sure about buying a server to replace your existing gas heater, unless its made up entirely of Pres-hots
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Datacenter expenses aren't limited to powering the servers, they also include running a cooling system. If you can better relocate heat generated by the servers cooling expenses should decrease as well. Not exactly a groundbreaking concept... (More like common sense... to me anyway )
    
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I did this on a smaller scale the last few winters. An HD4890 + i5-750 folding all night kept my bedroom nice and toasty.

IDK who's 'home' would be reasonable place to drop in a 40-100 CPU server closet. It makes more sense to me as an office heater in places that already have such servers.
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