Apple is claiming that it's the lowest power desktop in the world and uses less than 13w at idle.
That sounds way too low, no? Has anyone been able to reach those sort of numbers with a custom build? I'd love to see their claims independently verified, because it seems too good to be true!
With the LCD off, Wifi & HD removed, and underclocked my ASUS Eee PC 1000HA draws 5W at idle, and that can be used as a desktop.
My Sempron LE-1250 + 740G + 2GB DDR2 800 at 800MHz @ 0.784V idles about 17W DC (in a motherboard designed for 95W CPUs--so, probably a lot of VRM loss).
The 9400M in the Ion is suppossedly 3W idle, and a 45nm Core 2 Duo can idle at 3W
. So, 13W idle for the Mac Mini sounds very reasonable.
What's the SPCR record at the moment for low power consumption with a C2D CPU? Does anything approach the new Mini?
One would need a ULV Intel chipset to get a normal LGA775 system down this low. Most Intel desktop chipsets are >10W idle all by themselves. The Netburst era Intel FSB seems to be very power inefficient. My G31 system is running a 400MHz FSB clock, while my Eee PC is running the same FSB at a mere 41MHz clock at that low idle.
My G31 + E7200 999MHz @ 0.752V 39W idle AC (~20W DC)