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So i had an idea, we get a lot of questions on if my power supply can handle this etc so i was thinking why dont we put together a list of peoples computers list the parts etc and power consumption (have like idle, cpu load, gaming load, full load and try to use set methods for measuring like IBT for the cpu load, gaming is hard but at least mention what game, and like IBT + furmark for full load) and then list what it was measured with for reference. I know this numbers will vary based on the device to measure as well as other variables but if we get enough peoples systems in the list i think it can be helpful. Here is a quick screenshot of what im thinking



Thoughts?
Edited by Blindsay - 4/25/11 at 5:59pm
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Most people use this free online utility to evaluate current PSU consumption.

Included options are:
  • Multiple CPU/GPU configurations
  • Capacitor aging
  • Power consumption on overclock (adjustable settings)
  • Complete inventory of industry-standard, and relatively obsolete CPUs and graphics cards
  • # of fans
  • # of HDDs
  • # connected USB devices
  • Water-cooling systems

A list of load, idle and environment temperatures paired with system specs would be helpful however. I'm thinking graphics cards, CPUs as well as relevant cooling devices.
Edited by TylerJFisher - 4/26/11 at 5:56am
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post #3 of 17
Not many people have a kill-a-watt or whatever it's called.
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Originally Posted by TylerJFisher View Post
Most people use this free online utility to evaluate current PSU consumption.

Included options are:
  • Multiple CPU/GPU configurations
  • Capacitor aging
  • Power consumption on overclock (adjustable settings)
  • Complete inventory of industry-standard, and relatively obsolete CPUs and graphics cards
  • # of fans
  • # of HDDs
  • # connected USB devices
  • Water-cooling systems



A list of load, idle and environment temperatures paired with system specs would be helpful however. I'm thinking graphics cards, CPUs as well as relevant cooling devices.
those tend to be alot higher than you actually need, that says i need like 1KW for my system. Also mine would be a database of actual measured systems so people could see a range for various hardware
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Not many people have a kill-a-watt or whatever it's called.
i think enough people do that we can get a list going, also a basic one is only 20-$30
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Originally Posted by Blindsay View Post
i think enough people do that we can get a list going, also a basic one is only 20-$30
Yeah, I agree it would be a really good thing to have.. just like the amd motherboard power phase list or the psu guide by tatortot.. I don't know how many time I've checked those.
post #7 of 17
For those that have Kill-A-Watts, it wouldn't be a bad idea. They had them on clearance at Radio Shack for $15-20 last time I was there. Good thing to have anyway. It doesn't exactly tell you what your computer is drawing, since its from the wall, but we can factor that it depending on the PSU you are using.

You can ask "How much power will I need?" etc., but it might be nice for some reference to give people some ideas.
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post #8 of 17
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For those that have Kill-A-Watts, it wouldn't be a bad idea. They had them on clearance at Radio Shack for $15-20 last time I was there. Good thing to have anyway. It doesn't exactly tell you what your computer is drawing, since its from the wall, but we can factor that it depending on the PSU you are using.

You can ask "How much power will I need?" etc., but it might be nice for some reference to give people some ideas.
could add a column for what power supply is being used that way we could factor in efficiency and then figure out the actual component draw
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Originally Posted by Blindsay View Post
could add a column for what power supply is being used that way we could factor in efficiency and then figure out the actual component draw
Could, yes. I think the approval of the big kids would be needed first. Possible sticky if so. But it would need further analysis.
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Could, yes. I think the approval of the big kids would be needed first. Possible sticky if so. But it would need further analysis.
yeah im kinda hoping some of the psu gurus chime in, i think done right this could be helpful to everyone
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