# How much power did a computer consume for an hour?

Imagine a computer system having 450W SMPS . It have 65W CPU and 4GB RAM. The computer is a server which frequently uses RAM and CPU.

How much power does it will consume ?

(I asking this to calculate the electric expenditure for my server )

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tell in watt per hour – Ragesh D Antony Sep 16 '13 at 8:21
I depends on the use and many other components, it's impossible to calculate it precisely. In my opinion, the best thing you can do is leave it powered up and working for couple of hours, and calculate the actual power consumption. It'd be better then any estimates. – matan129 Sep 16 '13 at 8:26
Could be as low as 30 watt (when it's idle) to over 500 watt if it was overworked. It's impossible to calculate with the info provided. – sawdust Sep 16 '13 at 8:38
The answer depends heavily on what your doing. At idle it could be as low as 50 or 60 watts, but with a high end GPU and running the CPU and GPU near max it could easily be 300-400 watts or more. – cybernard Sep 30 '15 at 4:54

Without knowing exactly what hardware you have or having actually measured the power, the best we can do is guess. There are around 720 hours in a month, so if it draws 200 Watts, it will consume 144 kilowatt-hours per month. This is usually what people want to know because they are billed monthly and are billed for each kilowatt-hour consumed.

You can purchase a watt meter at electronics stores for \$30 or less. With a watt meter, you can measure your actual wattage. Multiply the watt measurement by .72 to get kilowatt-hours per month.

Watts are already a measure of the rate at which energy is consumed, so "watt per hour" wouldn't make any sense.

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Since so many components can influence the final wattage a computer system uses the most accurate answer is to use a wattmeter between the computer and the power mains.

See one in action here.

Typically, the newer the machine the lesser the power it will use to perform the same task. That is why you just can't compare apples to oranges.

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Explain about WattMeter ... – Ragesh D Antony Sep 16 '13 at 8:33
There is nothing to explain it measures the watts used by electric devices – Ramhound Sep 16 '13 at 10:09