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16th July 2008, 02:50 PM #1
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.
Last edited by Steven; 16th July 2008 at 03:00 PM.
16th July 2008, 02:55 PM #2
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!
16th July 2008, 02:56 PM #3
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.
16th July 2008, 02:57 PM #4
You've not mentioned how many hard disks, and of what type. These are a major power drain...
16th July 2008, 03:21 PM #5
- Rep Power
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)
16th July 2008, 03:28 PM #6
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...
Last edited by tonyd; 16th July 2008 at 03:37 PM.
17th July 2008, 09:27 AM #7
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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.
Originally Posted by Steven
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.....)
17th July 2008, 10:05 AM #8
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.
Last edited by Sirbendy; 17th July 2008 at 10:07 AM.
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