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Finally bought a Watt meter. How to use it?

post #1 of 7
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I've been wanting one forever!
All these review sites always tell you: oh you should have that much for this kind of hardware. But it's rarely the same hardware that I have/about to use for this application; hence I'm all confused as of how much power I actually need.



Now I've plugged it in today and I'm reading 9W to 30W usage when everything is off.
- m11x power block plugged in (not charging the laptop)
- Dell u2711 screen (in sleep mode)
- my sig rig
- my G51 speakers
- a mini-usb charger no charging anything



Now I decided to start up my computer and fold on it; makes my cpu go at 100% & GPU at almost 100% as well.
With the screen off it uses just a bit over 300W (from the wall) and with the screen on it peaks at ~420W but then drops to 380W over time.



If I shut off my GPU from folding it goes down to only 350W.

CPU/GPU off = 260W

GPU only = ~360W (mention: cpu usage is at about 15% at this point and the F@H program is now able to focus on GPU only it is using every single resource off it.

Now I'm also able to see how much Amps/Volts I'm getting from that.
I'm currently at 3.56A & at 118V, without charge it was at 120V.

Now is there anything useful I can pull out of this info? Anything people would be interested in?
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its just good to see how much your computer really uses i get about 600w with my rig folding cpu only and two monitors
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It helps me gauge how much electricity I use. So when my bill goes up, I have a better idea of what and why. Normally, I wouldn't care, but my electric bill is a lot.
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Thanks for posting this. I have a i7 950 and a 6870. I imagine my power draw is very similar to your rig. Now I know how much juice my computer uses.
    
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I bought one a week ago, aside from your PC and other various gadgets most kitchen appliances draw pretty much full power when in use @1500w. So i just leave it hooked up to my PC/TV which draws about 750w total with almost 250w being the 42" TV.
Next step will be to check the power draw from my battery operated lawnmower because i keep it plugged in almost all the time.
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Well since I lived in Quebec, electricity is dirty cheap so Im not so worried about my bill until I buy an AC unit
I'll think of some other tests I can do, I also have an i3 system which I'll check after I get home from work
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post #7 of 7
usually, computers don't consume that much electricity. My rig uses 180w folding both cpu and gpu and the cost to run it 24/7/30days is only $14 at $0.10/kwh,
    
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