Originally Posted by frW
Not really, but I think more or less a computer uses ~400W maybe more when the monitor is on. And if there's ~4 computers in a household ( it's in mine ). Then you easily have to pay a lot
I was just curious, seemed like ~150W was a lot..
If 144W is an accurate reading, then it makes sense because it is under a full load.
But when idling, a computer system will not pull more than 100-200W from the wall. I mean, it just can't. But while gaming? Well, then there's a chance that it might pull 300-400W or more, depending on the system.
I actually have recent proof: we recently had a brownout here in St. Paul, Minnesota. For anyone who doesn't know what a brownout is, this is when the power is suddenly reduced down to like 50%. That means the lights dim quite noticeably (all of our 100W bulbs looked like 40W bulbs), and certain things can't turn on such as relatively big fluorescent light fixtures (but we have one small one that was able to turn on).
Well, when this brownout occurred, I was just sitting here on OCN reading a thread. To my shock, my system stayed on and appeared to be completely unaffected by it. Even my LCD monitor stayed as bright as normal. But I shut down Windows immediately, and it shut down properly (again, to my shock).
Then the brownout occurred again about 2 hours later. Sure enough, it was the same result: my computer was unaffected. But this time I was in the middle of a huge post on here. So I saved it to Notepad as fast as I could and then shut down, all during the brownout! This is with my sig rig!Edited by TwoCables - 1/12/11 at 2:52am