Post here if you have a penchant for getting maximum performance out of the lowest amount of watts, undervolting your parts while squeezing maximum performance out of them! If you have a low-watt efficient Power Supply and are proud to show it off!
Here is my current Ivy Bridge i7 system, powered by a Seasonic G-360 80+ Gold 360 Watt PSU:
(also listed in my signature)
A lot of people are not aware still that high-powered power supplies are gradually becoming a thing of the past, except for older technology or quad-fire or similar set ups. I would like to celebrate improving efficiency and increase awareness of low-watt PSUs becoming more relevant. (Soon we'll be able to drive our computers entirely on a single small solar panel's worth of watts, right?
One can dream! )
A power supply is at its peak efficiency at around 50% of its rated Wattage. Which means, for example, that if your system usually uses around 200 Watts in games, your optimal power supply would be a 400-Watt one. Recent technological advances result in such systems quite easily. And if you're not using the top end graphics cards, your in-game usage can easily be even lower, such as 150 Watts or less. Processors themselves are very efficient now, and with Haswell around the corner, I foresee 250-Watt PSUs for systems with integrated graphics being completely normal.
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