Power consumption and environmental friendliness are factors that are also becoming increasingly important when buying a PC in Switzerland. Essentially, the power consumption of a computer is tied to its processing power. But other characteristics also influence how environmentally friendly a PC is. This ranges from the selection of components to the design.
Power consumption of a PC – an often underestimated factor
In times of rising energy prices, the power consumption of devices plays an increasingly important role. In large companies, electricity costs are an important factor. For many companies, the issues of eco-balance sheets and electricity consumption are put on the agenda. There are indeed big differences even when it comes to computers. If energy-saving systems are used consistently, electricity consumption can be reduced significantly.
Conventional workstations with standard components, where little attention has been paid to the actual requirements, quickly consume more than 100 watts during operation. By contrast, computers optimised for low consumption, such as the PrimeMini 4, only consume around 20 watts. With 25 computers running for eight hours a day, this saves almost CHF 2000 per year at an assumed electricity price of CHF 0.23 per Watt Hour.
The power supply: Guarantor for a stable operation
The power supply is often neglected when buying a PC. However, a PC power supply is important for the computer in several ways. It supplies all components with power. That is why a high-quality and reliable power supply is so important for trouble-free operation.
High-quality power supply units not only ensure stability, they also have an influence on the power consumption of the entire system. Efficient power supplies therefore save energy. The differences can be up to 40 percent. Especially in larger companies or with power-hungry systems, the savings potential pays off. Efficient power supply units are characterized by the 80 Plus initiative label.
The correct dimensioning is just as important. Power supplies work best when they are neither fully utilized nor oversized. If you decide on a Prime Computer device, such as the PrimeMini 4 or the PrimeServer Pro, you don’t have to worry about this point. The systems are equipped with suitably sized and efficient power supplies
Design & Functionality
Design and functionality play only a minor role in many purchasing decisions. However, it often turns out during use that this is a mistake. If the computer systems prove to be impractical or even unsuitable, the entire purchase becomes a bad investment. Space requirements and flexibility are features that you should definitely keep in mind.
Compact, space-saving and flexible