mshen11 wrote: »
got curious and looked at the specs for the dual core atom...
ouch - only 1 PCI slot and no additional slots for graphics card (PCIe)? its low powered because its doesnt have much features on it. i guess w/ greater power (for things like graphics), it comes w/ great price [dollar or watts]
Photowhit wrote: »
"One nice aspect of desktops is that they can be run day after day without shutting down; they don't have the heat dissipation problems that still plague laptops "
My guess is this is either solved or not nearly the problem it once was. I certainly have left my 3+ year old Gateway on for several days downloading via wireless with intermitent use for other things with out a problem. It averaged 6+ hours of use per day.
RCinFLA wrote: »
The geometry of the processor matters. 90 nm parts generally draw more then 65 nm which generally draw more then 45 nm parts. 90 nm parts run on 1.6vdc. 65 nm run on 1.3 vdc. 45 nm parts run on 1.1 vdc.
Also factor is number of processors, their speed, and cache memory size.
For example, I have a Q6600 quad core 90 nm computer. It draws about 150 watts. I have recently built two mini-towers with E7500 duo core C65 processors. They draw about 60 watts.
An LCD monitor draws between 40-55 watts depending on size. The backlight is large piece of their consumption.
mshen11 wrote: »
in the name of energy conservation... what is a good watts number for a low power desktop? how about a monitor? what is the average watts? what is the most efficient on the market?
Cariboocoot wrote: »
My little Acer net book gets quite warm on the bottom, but that's another animal.
dwh wrote: »
I have a buddy who has one of those, and when it gets hot enough, the USB port next to the heat exhaust vent (left side I think) shuts down.
I've been sort of mentoring Linux to a guy who has two of the Asus (9" and 10") and they never really get very hot. The 10" also has a 10 hour battery life and larger, quite usable, keyboard. I've been looking for a netbook and I've just about decided on the Asus 10".
vcallaway wrote: »
I did not see this mentioned, but with laptops you should remove the battery.
When the battery is fully charged the charging circuits don't shut down. They just generate heat and shorten the life of the battery. It also reduces the load.
My monster Dell with 17" ultra bright screen uses about 35 Watts with the battery out. In it is almost 60 watts even when fully charged.