Friend, you are not doing a single thing to save the environment by lowering the collective electricity usage of your country by less than a billionth of one percent. This is in large part a scam to divert attention from major industrial pollution. Kind of like how everything we buy is wrapped in plastic, which has caused entire parts of the sea to die and become anoxic, and is disrupting the endocrine system and other chemistry of every human being and living thing with horrific effects that nobody can get funding to study... but you should be banned from getting plastic bags at the supermarket or when you take out food, possibly the most useful application of plastic to normal folks... pay no attention to the other 99% of it. Same thing as how the EVs output thousands of kg of terrible toxic waste in both production and disposal, and typically run on electricity generated from fossil fuels, but somehow your measly tax dollars have to subsidize the richest man in the world's perpetually unprofitable EV business because it's mandatory to save the environment. I think you need to readjust your priorities, and yes, cut out the virtue signaling also. Your damage to "the earth" is practically identical to those you're looking down on and scolding, and you're blaming common working people for something caused principally by major industries, whose executives love to shift the blame off of the exact way you're doing while they fly their private jets. There are enough far bigger problems to spend a lifetime on.
Now, as someone who used to run an FX turd at almost 1.6 volts 24/7 for kicks, I certainly cannot profess to give a damn about power consumption. My power bill went down by something like $20 when I replaced that system. Do I really mind? We could all go full Kaczynski you know. The problem truly arises when a component at stock draws so much power that it becomes impractical for end users, and when companies lose sight of efficiency improvements. Part of why Ampere gets the hate it does for power draw is because many of its configurations are barely more efficient than Pascal. If the 3090 took 40% more power than the 2080 Ti but was 80% faster instead of 40% faster, well, it's another story. And again, keep in mind SLI is dead! If now we get a new tier of GPUs taking 500W+ and costing $1500, when 10 years ago this niche was fulfilled by running two 250W+ GPUs costing $700 each... no real difference is there? Granted, I'm also pissed at how expensive silicon has become.
But right now with 5800X + 6900 XT, I kind of have the opposite problem. The 5800X power draw is fine but the heat can't be removed from it quickly enough, and the 6900 XT has a ridiculously low power limit (given the tier of card at least) because I didn't wait to buy the worthless XTXH scam that nobody knew was coming and AMD had to lock down the card in drivers to throttle if I try flashing the BIOS. Now that's another load of BS for you...
But nonetheless, I will continue to troll NVIDIA + Intel users for their housefires.
Your judging all my environmental behavior just based on a point I was making ? Oh boy ...
TL;DR : go to last paragraph !
First, we are talking (mainly) about components OC by design
with very high consumption. Like this kind of baby (i9-12900K):
Yeah I'm pointing the fact that you behave exactly like the one you're looking down on : using jets, yacht, putting gold everywhere, wasting food/water/energy. Those 1% f*ckers who don't play by the same rules. I'm pointing the fact that people don't even see what they are doing at their scale. The first thing they see is their bank account and comfort, like if they could eat and drink some dollars while hearing the sound of the ATM in the morning, for a nice brand new day.
And what do you do while judging your
1% ? "Meh, they're doing it, why shouldn't I ?"
Using natively OC components to compensate a poor design (Intel/Nvidia mostly those days), is like using a private jet because you can. The scale is different, no need to take that sentence alone. You understood what I'm saying. Using the same power to OC your rig as for the rest of your big electronics cumulated in your house is stupid waste. It's like never closing the tap because water is free or cheap.
Sure you won't save a bird on your own, but being aware of the scale of what you are doing is relevant.
Is changing all fuel cars to electric ones a good idea ? Nope
Is going full solar the solution ? no and never will.
Does not OC will save the planet ? surely not
I'm not telling you "stop using your car, don't using a hairdryer" or some ecologic bullshit. I pointed out, in response to someone telling me "hey it's irrelevant because you have a dishwasher", that no, a dishwasher doesn't compete in terms of energy consumption to a PC.
A PC, regarding energy consumption is one of the top most electric consumer in a household and an uncontrolled increase should yeah count on your bill, but first you should think :"Do I need to waste that much energy for the same result ?".
Here are some things you do for the environment you don't even see :
- don't go full speed seeing the red light and go smoothly to stop
- closing the tap when not in use
- closing your windows in winter
- not walking naked in winter at home to prevent you from heating a lot
- opening windows in summer on both sides to create a draft
- closing your fridge
- turn off the TV if you're not home
See ? You can do the opposite, like staying naked at home in winter, while having tap water open, you know, just in case ; all that with heaters to the maximum with permanent opened windows " 'cause I need fresh air". And while you're driving, you make sure that your TV is on and you drive like F1 pilot during the whole day !
But you don't do it, because it's stupid.
I don't blame people for wanting a low bill or calm in your room. But dude, if by taking the action of buying only energy-efficient components (I didn't say "the most") instead of taking energy-greedy components without damaging your perfs, why would you something so stupid ?
And what happens next ? Companies will stop making 200W CPU for the same perf as a 100W CPU just because it's branded "Intel". Companies goes where the market is. Like "vote with wallet", it's the same.
This is why ecology is not about blaming the big ones
(it's useless for the effort), but educating the small ones
(it's easier). If you want to discuss this point of view (I hope that by now you understood I'm not a fanatic of ecology), let's do it by PM to exchange personal opinions.
If you still think that I'm a communist that want to rip off good working people, and blame them, curse them for all Earth problem, you can keep your thoughts to yourself. I'm done fighting against stupid liberal right/religious fanatics/flat-earthers/etc.
It seems you're not that stupid, so you should understand what I'm saying.