[mythtv-users] How to reduce the power consumption of your mythbox by a third

David Brodbeck gull at gull.us
Wed Mar 14 04:03:04 UTC 2007

Nick Morrott wrote:
> On 14/03/07, David Brodbeck <gull at gull.us> wrote:
>> Switch themes.  No, really. ;)
>> I just got a Kill-A-Watt power meter, and I was playing with it after
>> connecting it to my desktop machine, which doubles as a remote
>> frontend/slave backend for my Myth system.  Here are some interesting
>> figures:
>> Main  menu - G.A.N.T.           - 87 watts
>> Main menu  - blue                  - 54 watts
>> Playback, 480x480 MPEG2 - 62 watts
> Any chance you could repeat for MythCenter-wide? Could be most
> interesting for a machine on 24/7.

Looks to be the same as "blue".  Blue and MythCenter-wide seem to both
have static menus.  G.A.N.T. has a watermark that fades in and out. 
That must be the difference.

Power consumption for each theme should correlate pretty accurately to
how much CPU load it generates.  This isn't unexpected, I was just
surprised by the magnitude of the difference.  On the other hand, at the
electrical rates where I live the difference is should only be about $23
per year, so this isn't anything to lose sleep over.

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