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jAkUp
07-18-05, 10:40 AM
Interesting idea, this power supply from Thermaltake has a front bay device, which shows the total wattage the system is using! Check it out

http://www.thermaltake.com/purepower/w005758twv500/w005758twv500.htm

GlowStick
07-18-05, 10:48 AM
Intresting, however how accurate can it be? Probly accurate enough though heh!

extreme4377
07-18-05, 12:21 PM
This is the PSU PaiN had. I dont think its very accurate considering his only showed ~144W at idle. This is with his 6800GT, P4/AMD64 4000+ and all his other goodies. But dont ask me...PAIN?!

hazindu
07-18-05, 02:24 PM
Sounds like a useless gimick to me. They could at least tell you what specific rail the power is being drawn from, then it could at least pretend to be useful. Also, from the reviews I've read, it is not very accurate.

netviper13
07-18-05, 03:33 PM
This is the PSU PaiN had. I dont think its very accurate considering his only showed ~144W at idle. This is with his 6800GT, P4/AMD64 4000+ and all his other goodies. But dont ask me...PAIN?!

Remember that both the 6800 and the AMD64 (and possibly the P4 as well) can scale back their voltage and processor speeds when at idle. I could see 144W being reasonable when nothing major was happening.

FierceDeityLink
07-18-05, 04:10 PM
Couldn't you just buy one of those devices that plugs into an outlet and reads the wattage? I clearly remember seeing one online, and I don't just mean a voltmeter...

Subtestube
07-18-05, 04:36 PM
Apparently it is fairly accurate - I read a review of it somewhere.... (I was/am considering buying one - it's cheaper than a standard TT 480W PSU here, don't ask me why.)

This one says it's wrong:
http://www.bigbruin.com/reviews/totalwattsviewer/index2.php

And this one says it's right:
http://www.systemcooling.com/tt_twv480-03.html (He actually measured wattage directly to compare).

wheeljack12
07-18-05, 09:01 PM
I used a Thermaltake PurePower 680 watt before the PC power and cooling I have right now. The reasons for the change were, poor power (11.7 or worse for the 12volts) , they share the PCI express wires on one wire rather than seperate them (bad for sli user) and I noticed between the PC power and Cooling and the Thermaltake my temps went higher with the Thermaltake.

hazindu
07-19-05, 10:31 AM
This is the PSU PaiN had. I dont think its very accurate considering his only showed ~144W at idle. This is with his 6800GT, P4/AMD64 4000+ and all his other goodies. But dont ask me...PAIN?!
If anything, that is pretty high for that system at idle.
Couldn't you just buy one of those devices that plugs into an outlet and reads the wattage? I clearly remember seeing one online, and I don't just mean a voltmeter... That would give you a reading of what the psu is drawing from the wall, but not what the psu is supplying the computer. Although, to be perfectly honest, knowing what your drawing from the wall would be FAR more useful than knowing what your computer is using.