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post #11 of 18
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Just one of your 3 Asus monitors can pull 40-50W easily. So, ~300W for total system power consumption while gaming seems low.

What is the idle power usage?

Try this simple test: plug a lamp with its light bulb(s) wattage known and see if it displays a close figure.

I think it is time to return it to the store for a refund or replacement.
Yea, idle says ~150W. When the monitors go into standby, Im at about 40W.
post #12 of 18
My sig rig pulls ~350 watts with OCCT's PSU test, so it sounds defective.

Put in a 100-watt bulb like windfire and procpuarie said to make sure.
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post #13 of 18
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I have a lamp that has 2 60W light bulbs. Turn one on, sure enough, 60W. Turn the other one on, 120W.

Are you not supposed to plug a power strip into this thing? (this could be a herp derp moment)
post #14 of 18
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Yea, idle says ~150W. When the monitors go into standby, Im at about 40W.
The total system idle wattage also seems low.

In addition to (a) light bulbs test, (b) resetting with the RESET button and (c) finding out the max wattage figure (if your model supports this feature),
try also (d) replace the internal batteries (if any) which might be old and weak to give erratic numbers.
post #15 of 18
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Yea, idle says ~150W. When the monitors go into standby, Im at about 40W.
40W...I call defective.
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by shiarua View Post
I have a lamp that has 2 60W light bulbs. Turn one on, sure enough, 60W. Turn the other one on, 120W.

Are you not supposed to plug a power strip into this thing? (this could be a herp derp moment)
I am using a Brennenstuhl (similar to Kill-a-Watt) with a power strip and I see no problem.

However, you might try to use your power strip with your Kill-a-Watt and plug the lamp into the power strip (instead of directly into the KAW) and see if the numbers are still correct.
post #17 of 18
The cheap KAW can be fooled by certain APFC PSUs. Also, since the device has a low refresh rate it may not catch dynamic peaks in the power draw. Try what konspiracy suggested in the third post, with synthetic load tests. Games may not be utilizing 100%.
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post #18 of 18
Try plugging your Kill-A-Watt into one of the outlets on the surge protector, and then plug in just your desktop's power plug into that.
     
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