[rescue] x86 power question

Sridhar Ayengar ploopster at gmail.com
Tue Nov 14 10:55:55 CST 2006

Peter Corlett wrote:
>> Indeed. My newest PC runs on a 120W wall wart.
> Likewise. MacBook Pro, something like an 85W PSU.

Except mine is a desktop.

>>> How can a plain home PC possibly justify 1kW?
>> Quad-SLI? RAID-1+0?
> I have a cheap and nasty space-heater 2.5GHz Celeron box with a couple of
> USB disks plugged into it and put into RAID1, which is laughingly called and
> fileserver. There's also a 500MHz G4 PowerMac. Additionally there's switches
> and whatnot plus a couple of other bits of kit in standby. The draw?
> 0.7A/200W.
> RAID doesn't actually draw that much power. About 10W per spindle if you're
> using regular 7200RPM disks.

If you're buying one of these cases:


You might be able to max out a 1kW P/S nonetheless.

Peace...  Sridhar

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