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    How much power does a HP Proliant DL580 server use about....

    Hi, Just wondering how much it will cost to run a HP Proliant DL580 server at home 24/7 it has a 800w power supply and is a Intel Xeon 2.5ghz Quad Core, 2gb ram, 2 x 30gb SCSI harddrives with RAID any ideas ? Thanks Steven.
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    There are much more energy efficient servers out there, what on earth do you need it for? I would guess at least a constant 200 - 400W which over a year is going to cost plenty, and will heat whatever room its in quiet nicely.

    If its just as a home server, get the very lowest clocked core duo cpu and build your self a server around that. Add some of those new WD energy efficient 500 gig HD's for 60 and you will probably come in under 100W!

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    Stick one of these on and find out... They're a great gadget to have handy anyway.

    PLUG-IN MAINS POWER & ENERGY MONITOR

    It won't use anywhere near 800w even if you're running folding/SETI/whatever, my conservative estimate using my own power monitor for running my P4/3.06ghz/550W at home a while back was about 15-20p/day.

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    You've not mentioned how many hard disks, and of what type. These are a major power drain...

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    You might find the APC sizing tool useful -

    UPS Selector Sizing Applications

    It is intended to size a suitable UPS (APC of course!) - but is is still useful to get total power requirements, just tell it when kit you want to power (including disks etc)

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    This site does the calculations on power to money for you - Electricity Running Cost Calculator from UK Power. Based on it using about the same energy as a 400W lightbulb, and running for 720 hours per month, then it will cost 28.80 a month - if you pay the same for electricity as they do! A server like this, http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=803368, will cut cost dramatically, given it's power consumption of just 29W, it will cost a little over 2 a month...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven View Post
    Hi, Just wondering how much it will cost to run a HP Proliant DL580 server at home 24/7 it has a 800w power supply and is a Intel Xeon 2.5ghz Quad Core, 2gb ram, 2 x 30gb SCSI harddrives with RAID any ideas ? Thanks Steven.
    I know that my headless Dell SC440 with 2Gb ram and 2x500Gb drives in raid would draw 78w. Adding a 3rd (non-raid) 80Gb drive for the OS increased the power consumption to around 85w.

    These figures are for idle/low load. When booting or under heavy load the server would draw around 100w.

    I measured these values using the exact energy meter mentioned in this thread. What is frightening is when you work out what it costs to run at load 24/7 with energy prices at current levels. Those energy meters are quite addictive - you find yourself plugging all sorts of appliances in to see how much they cost to run (standby mode.....)

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    oh yes...I bought one months ago and did everything in the house. Quite an eye opener.

    5 power usage per week or less..love it. Testing CFL lamps are always a fun moment..I've seen some cheap 11w ones that use less than 11w, and some branded Phillips 11w ones that use up to 20-22watts.

    Obsessive, me? No.. Not bad for about 25 delivered to my door.

    http://www.electricity-monitor.com/p...eter-p-36.html - that's mine, complete with programmable 2 band costings based on time, and running totals etc.
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