Mac Pro Power Usage

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Appelflap, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. Appelflap macrumors member

    Mar 14, 2009
    Do you have a Mac Pro and an wattage meter?

    There isn't much info on the net about max power usage. You could help and bring some insight to the people in power efficiency of the MP. See what is the greenest / powerful apple :D

    -Can you post the wattage of your Mac Pro in idle and max in full performance state (using geekbench), type, cores, GFX card. Only one standard HD. Without other hardware connected. Without the power your display uses.

    -Also the wattage of the Cinema Display's, type, without any other hardware connected to it (no recharging MBP) would be nice to know.
  2. grue macrumors 65816

    Nov 14, 2003
    There are a few figures out there… I'm not about to tear my machine apart to get to a "basic" configuration, but here's how it breaks down:

    2007 8x3.0 "Clovertown"
    8x1GB FB-DIMMs
    Bay 1: Western Digital Raptor 150
    Bay 2: Seagate Barracuda 1TB
    Bay 3: Seagate Barracuda ES 1TB
    Bay 4: Seagate Barracuda ES 1TB
    Optical 1: Pioneer DVR-112
    Optical 2: Pioneer DVR-116
    PCIe 1: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT
    PCIe 2: Empty
    PCIe 3: Empty
    PCIe 4: ATI Radeon X1900 XT

    Idle, before drive spindown: 380ish watts
    Startup: Spikes to low-500s.
    Full tilt: Never tested, the only reason I borrowed the watt meter was to calculate how much money I'd spend not sleeping it.
  3. dimme macrumors 65816

    Feb 14, 2007
    SF, CA
    Here is mine
    2008 MacPro 2.8
    Model Name: Mac Pro
    Model Identifier: MacPro3,1
    Processor Name: Quad-Core Intel Xeon
    Processor Speed: 2.8 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 2
    Total Number Of Cores: 8
    L2 Cache (per processor): 12 MB
    Memory: 6 GB
    4 Hard drives 2 opticals
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
    20" Samsung 204t
    Mac Pro load 360watts
    Mac Pro 20” LCD idle 280watts
    Sleep 45watts

    Mac Pro stand alone (4drives) 269watts load
    Mac Pro stand alone (4drives) 200watts idle
  4. Eithanius macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2005
    and here's mine:

    2007 8x3.0 "Clovertown"
    2x2GB, 2x1GB FB-DIMMs
    Bay 1: Seagate Barracuda 750GB
    Bay 2: Seagate Barracuda ES 500GB
    Bay 3: Seagate Barracuda 750GB
    Bay 4: Empty
    Optical 1: Standard SD
    Optical 2: Empty
    PCIe 1: NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT
    PCIe 2: Empty
    PCIe 3: Empty
    PCIe 4: Empty

    idle: 180W - 200W
    load: 420W

    @grue - i borrowed your machine template... :p

    And grue, since we have the same batch of MP, am I to understand that the lower the ambient temperature goes, the higher the PSU temperature when the MP is on constant load...?

    This is because my MP PSU temp hovers around 70ºC when placed under a table without proper ventilation, but rose up to 86ºC when placed on the table under a ceiling fan or when the room is air-conditioned.

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