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Re: Morning Tech Bits
Apr 22, 2024, 12:33
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Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 22, 2024, 12:33
Apr 22, 2024, 12:33
 
While I firmly and thoroughly believe in repurposing old machines in to a useful second life to reduce e-waste as much as possible, the article fails to address that there are oftentimes where it is better to recycle an old machine. The reason is simple, power savings. A lot of those old machines aren't exactly efficient and not nearly so as modern hardware. What used to take 50W+ of power can now be accomplished in 14W or less. For example, in as much as I give Intel shit for their ridiculous TDPs and power draw for their mainline CPUs, the N100 is pretty damn amazing for what you can do with it as a home server or light duty desktop. Best of all, you can get them in mini-PCs for less than $200 bucks. Usually ~$150. Less if there is a sale. A whole machine with proc, memory, and storage. Not every machine needs to run Crysis in 16K at 900FPS, you know?

AMD is not left out in the cold here, either, as some of their laptop or embedded oriented CPUs also sip power.

So it's a good idea to quantify what you want to do and how you can economize the TCO of doing whatever that is over the lifetime of that deployment.
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