How can I calculate the amount of Watts being used by my workstation?

Posted on 2006-05-25
Last Modified: 2010-08-05
hey fellas,

Does anyone know of a site on the internet that can help me determine how many watts my workstation uses?  It doesn't have to be specific, maybe some rough numbers.
Question by:warriorfan808
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    You can use this:

    But I prefer exact numbers and recommend getting yourself a $25-40 device called a "kill-a-watt" meter.

    I find my AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core system uses about 125 watts with 7 hard drives, a CD-ROM, 4 sticks of RAM, a SCSI card, and 2 ATA controller cards
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    nice.  Where did you pick up this kill-a-watt meter from?
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    The site gave me an unreal quote for Watts and I had way less than you.  How did you get 125 Watts?  My processor and video card pulls more than that.  In fact, the site has each Hard drive using 25 watts.  I guess you're right, it's just an estimate.

    Oh damn, just found out we have one of those things at the office.  We do energy conservation, so I guess it makes sense.  My boss said he can get me a discounted price of 27 dollars new.

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