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Program from UniBlue helps lower PC power consumption

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  1. zekrahminator

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    While the program may look like it only has settings easily found in your screen-saver menu, Local Cooling claims to save lots of energy. Enough energy to save a firm using 100 computers over $2000 a year. The clever program has a graphically friendly way to access energy saving system settings such as monitor turn-off times. It also lists the estimated power consumption of all hardware attached to the computer, including graphics cards, processors, and monitors. UniBlue made the application in an effort to cut energy costs in their own network. With a few tweaks, they made a free public version that you can download here.
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    Source: The Register
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    Maybe it is just me, but their site seems to be down...
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    no i cant get into it eather
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    Looks interesting if just for the power consumption information...
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    Humph, you're right, the site must be down.
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    Wahh!!! I want this to work!
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    their server is in power-save mode :laugh:
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    LOL ... seems so :)
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    once this site is up, i'm going to give the info to my bosses and ask for a raise - in the same email :D:D:D

    (i work in a computer lab with about 250 computers :D)
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    Not that impressed to be honest, it says my system draws 164w of power, when I did a more comprehensive power calculator it recommended I needed a 500w psu as all my devices drew 460w..

    Someone is lying :confused:
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    some1 is deffinatly lying it says my cpu witch is a p4 2.4ghz northwood 478 is only drawing 46 watts

    and my 9550 6 watts:wtf: :wtf:
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    i cant remember the site but does anyone remember the site that gave you the recomendation of what psu to get?:D
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    theres a large discrepancy between 100% load and idle usage...

    EDIT: after using it, it's clearly not very smart. I have 2 fans alone that combined use more than that estimated 15 watts, my CPU certainly draws a lot more than 59 watts (overclocked 3800x2 folding), i have more than 2 hard drives (lol... just sad), i have optical drives too, RAM... my PC draws a lot more than 166 watts if it made my old generic 500watt PSU blow :cool:
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    Well you guy have to realize that those PSU calculators calculate the estimated power usage under peak load. While this program calculates estimated power usage when idle.

    That being said, of course it is just a very rough estimate. According to it my PC, the on in my system specs, uses about 165w while idle.

    However, according to my Kill-a-Watt it is actually right about 200w. So while it isn't totally accurate, it certainly isn't way off either. A different of 35w isn't that bad considering how basic this software is.
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    Uh... yeah this is crap. Is sais my 148w cpu (overclocked) is drawing 59w and my X1800XT 512MB is drawing 25w... yeah... I wish.
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    monitor - 30w (17' LCD)
    hdd - 8w (160gb sata)
    cpu - 59w (3000+@2700mhz)
    gfx card - 6w (piece of sh^t pci card)
    other - 15w

    this could be true in idle :)
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    Those number are probably actually pretty accurate(see my post) for idle power draw.
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    Holy Crap! :eek: I've never seen so many advanced power options...

    oh, except in Power Options in the control panel. :roll:
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    it tells me i have 6 hard drives with some large power figure.... i have one hard drive and a USB card reader...

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