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by lagagnon
Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:09 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Suggestions for low watt mid-range CPU and mini-ITX mobo?
Replies: 5
Views: 4067

Re: Suggestions for low watt mid-range CPU and mini-ITX mobo

CA_Steve wrote:How do you use your CPU? What apps?
Mostly fairly lightweight apps (console based) and a Chromium browser under a very lightweight ArchLinux system. No gaming. Only CPU intensive stuff I do is compiling the odd C program and some image editing.
by lagagnon
Sat Feb 02, 2013 4:54 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Suggestions for low watt mid-range CPU and mini-ITX mobo?
Replies: 5
Views: 4067

Suggestions for low watt mid-range CPU and mini-ITX mobo?

Currently I have the following mini-ITX system: Athlon II X2 240 CPU Zotac GeForce 8200-ITX mobo 4MB Antec mini-skeleton case 28 watts on idle I am thinking of upgrading the CPU and motherboard, possibly RAM as well. However, I would only do so if I can improve the standby power draw and reduce the ...
by lagagnon
Sun Aug 01, 2010 2:09 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Switch on SATA DVD drive power cable?
Replies: 10
Views: 6353

...But to be serious, any solution you will do will cost more than electricity you save this way. The machine is intended to be a home server, on 24/7, therefore: 365.25x24x4watts=35064 watt/hours = 35.1 KW/Hx0.09cents per KWH = $3.16 per year in electricity. As most simple switches can be purchase...
by lagagnon
Sun Aug 01, 2010 1:52 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Switch on SATA DVD drive power cable?
Replies: 10
Views: 6353

Switch on SATA DVD drive power cable?

I have a Zotac GF-8200 mini-ITX, Athlon II X2-240 system that currently consumes about 32 watts at idle. I can get this down to 28 watts by removing the power cable to my LG DVD optical drive. As I rarely use the optical drive I would like to put a switch on the SATA power cable to that drive someho...
by lagagnon
Thu May 06, 2010 11:18 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: mini-ITX mobo, low wattage for AMD Athlon II X2 240 CPU
Replies: 4
Views: 1995

mini-ITX mobo, low wattage for AMD Athlon II X2 240 CPU

I want to build a mini-ITX low wattage system based around an Athlon II X2 240 CPU (Socket AM3) which I already have. I need some mini-ITX motherboard suggestions, that will do undervolting.

Any ideas appreciated.
by lagagnon
Sun Apr 18, 2010 6:21 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Measuring watts with a multimeter (VOM)
Replies: 3
Views: 5676

Measuring watts with a multimeter (VOM)

If you already own a multimeter (volt-ohm meter or VOM) that is capable of measuring amperes (on a scale of up to at least 2 Amperes) then it is unnecessary for you to purchase a "Kill A Watt" meter to measure watts used by various appliances. You can use an easily constructed extension cable "harne...