Monday, April 18, 2011

DreamPlug: Idles 7-8 watts

I borrowed the a Kill-A-Watt device from the local library and plugged the DreamPlug into it.

Here are my unscientific observations.

  • idle with no devices except a NIC, wifi, bluetooth: 7 to 8 watts

  • idle with no devices except a NIC: 7 to 8 watts -- that was unexpected

  • CPU at ~80% scp'ing a large file to internal disk: 9 watts

  • CPU at ~80% scp'ing a large file to external, powered eSATA disk: 9 watts

  • idle with external unpowered 320G 'laptop' USB disk: 11 watts





Powertop didn't have much in the way of suggestions that affected power.

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