A quick update on my Linux ‘Typhoon‘ server. Given that noise and power reduction whilst also increasing storage space was the goal of the recent updates, here are my wholly unscientific findings based on my Watt checker over a couple of hours.
Functional rest at the desktop: was ~80 Watts, down to ~60W (-25%)
Being used normally on desktop: was ~90-100 Watts, down to ~68W (-32%)
Peaks during high CPU/HDD use: was ~115 Watts, down to ~75W (-35%)
I think that’s a pretty successful outcome to say it is quieter and such. It’s still much, much lower powered than I thought, and I’m sure the ‘new’ HDD and the ATI card are mainly responsible for that power drop.