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Not sure if this is the right section, but I've got 2x gaming computers both consist of 800w power supplies and to be honest there used alot. A friend of mine stopped using there computers and started saving £45 a month on electricity.

So wanted to know is there a big difference power wise from using my gaming computer to my laptop when its plugged into the main?
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I know that when I went home for summer the electricity bill rose about $60/month. This was when I was OC'ing constantly and had all my stuff using max power. Since, I have turned on Cool n Quiet and turned down the OC. Now the electricty bill is only about $20/month higher.

Also, I turn of my computer at night. GET RID OF VAMPIRE POWER!!!
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A system drawing 500w running 24/7 for a month will cost around $36 (assuming $.10 per KWhr).
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post #4 of 9
Yes it's going to use more power. Most laptops are designed to try and get the most out of the battery , low powered GPU , CPU.
You could look at setting up profiles in the ATI control panel , to under clock that 4870 when your just surfing.
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post #5 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
A system drawing 500w running 24/7 for a month will cost around $36 (assuming $.10 per KWhr).
That's good to know


Thank you.
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post #6 of 9
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+ Rep mr soft, great idea with the profiles for the ATi card i'll give that a go. I also have cool and quiet off, I'm guessing even when the laptop is set to maximum performance it will still draw a hell of alot less power than my pc?
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post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by Rebellion88 View Post
+ Rep mr soft, great idea with the profiles for the ATi card i'll give that a go. I also have cool and quiet off, I'm guessing even when the laptop is set to maximum performance it will still draw a hell of alot less power than my pc?
...what laptop?

Most likely, yes.
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post #8 of 9
Yes, your laptop will draw much less power. Remember that that big 800w power supply WILL NOT draw 800w at all times. It will draw only as much as the system draws from it (thanks DuckieHo). You can try running your comp at stock settings or lowering your clock/volts to reduce overall power consumption.
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The laptop is just an acer with a mobile pentium dual core, and intergrated intel graphics nothing too flash.
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