Technological Grail Quest and some reviews too.

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I know I am on again and off again with this web log, and although I would like to be more consistent, there are just times when it works and times when it don't. So thank you for your patronage, and your patients.

The primary component that determines the efficiency of the computer system is the power supply (PSU).  By this I mean that the more efficient the psu, the more efficient the entire computer system (not concerning the monitor which almost always has its own external power supply).  Though my research so far has been relatively inconclusive.  It can be said that from what I have discovered, it is the psu that initially drives computer efficiency.

After reading several articles and checking out the 80plus.org site for psu statistics, I have come to the conclusion that indeed it is best that when using the computer, it is best if the psu is operating at about 50% consumption.  That said, if the psu is at least 80% efficient at 20% or less consumption, it still means it will be far more efficient than a psu that is less efficient at this low power consumption.  The other factor is how is consumption measured.  A wall plug meter could provide a good basis for consumption at different power ranges.

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How a computer is used and how it handles certain states of power is also important.  I believe, and this still bares some work to provide proof, that Linux powered computers are more efficient at all power ranges than Microsoft or Apple computers, however, it may take more real world experimentation to determine this for real world applications.

The desktop vs laptop debate is something that can not be measured well.  The desktop almost always uses more energy, however it may be more efficient over some instances, as in the case of a computer that is used for server functions.  In the case of a server, I believe that even higher power efficiency can be achieved, provided that the server is designed to provide service at very low power consumption.

The factor that a server does not process video, it does not process audio, and for the most part only provides a data space, with very little actual processing of data, can make a difference.  On the other hand, because servers can be made to be so much more efficient, it may be better to have most of the processing performed on the server, and the user devices be much lower processing units like a server client setup.  Also with such extremely high efficiency units such as tablets, and other portable devices, that rely on the server for processing, it may well be that having a very high efficiency server that is able to process multiple streams of data for multiple users may well provide the best solution to the power consumption problem.  The only trouble with low power devices is that they need to be charged up, as they rely on an internal battery and this battery needs to maintain charge to make them work.  This battery charging, can present a very inefficient source of power consumption.  I have yet to look into the various types of chargers, but it would seem to me that there might be some type of universal charging unit, that very well may provide very high level of efficiency at the same time as provide easy charging of multiple units.

There is still a lot to discover here, and the solution will most likely not be one that provides the ideal situation, at least at this time.  In the end it may be that it will be something that will continue to be a work in progress, a holy grail search if you will, for the balance between computing power, convenience of the users, and consumption based on currently available technology, which is always changing.

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