On Mon, 2016-10-10 at 16:28 -0400, Fred Smith wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 10, 2016 at 01:07:54PM -0700, Joe Zeff wrote:
> > 
> > On 10/10/2016 12:49 PM, Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
> > > 
> > > Well, apparently the savings might not offset the price of the ammeter,
> > > but I suppose the advancement of knowledge always has a cost :-)
> > 
> > I remember back in the late '80s seeing a study that found that the
> > cost per hour of running a desktop (386 with a CRT monitor) was
> > about $.04/hr.  Adjust that for inflation and you'll get a fairly
> > good first approximation of what the cost is now because while
> > modern monitors use less power, today's more powerful computers use
> > more, balancing things out to some extent.
> I've missed the beginning of this thread, so I beg forgiveness should
> this response be off-base.
> To measure the power my computer uses, I use a Kill-a-Watt meter,
> at last notice they were available from Amazon. The one I have was
> something like 20 dollars, a few years ago. It continuously tells
> me the wattage used. alternatively it can report several other measurements
> as well (it isn't where I am, so I won't go out on a limb with a list
> that may be wrong.)
> You plug it into your outlet, then plug the computer into it. Press
> the right button on the front to get the measurement you want.
> It is reporting that my computer uses around 117 watts (plus or minus
> a couple) when running FoldingAtHome on both a six-core AMD and the
> Nvidia 750Ti GPU. without the FAH client it would probably be around
> half that (I haven't done that measurement).

I'm considering it (as my curiosity is piqued) but a number of the
devices available on Amazon have negative reviews regarding accuracy,
ease of use etc. No biggie but I'll think about it for a while.

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