Power consumption of the new Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Celeron, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. Celeron macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2004
    Does anyone have one of the new Mac Minis and also something like a Kill-A-Watt power meter they can hook up to it? I'm curious to know what the power draw is at the wall from one of the new, mid range, $799, i5 powered, Minis is.
  2. indg macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2007
    these stats are from the i7 mini server (quad-core) with 8GB and RAID-0 (striped) hdd:

    idle with a couple apps open:

    encoding video with handbrake (high cpu utilization):

    playback of 1080p video in VLC, about 3 minutes into Big_Buck_Bunny_1080p_surround_FrostWire.com.avi:
  3. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    yes kill a watt reads :

    7 at only finder open idle for the base mini with 8gb on
    it reads 10 playing a dvd and finder and 1 window safari
    it reads 40-42 watts with safari 1 window an apple dvd player and handbrake.

    I will measure the 2.5 and the 2.7 soon. I need a day to set them up. and I am waiting on more ram.

    the 2.5 came today and the 2.7 comes on tues

    worst case would be add 10 to 15 watts to the 2.3 numbers above.

    I hope to do 4 comparasions.
    a 2.3 with a 256gb ssd
    a 2.3 with a 1tb samsung hdd
    a 2.5 with and ssd
    a 2.7 with a ssd.

    kill a watt all
    disk speed test
    all handbrake
    cpu test not a gamer

    but willing to download a free game or two to test suggestions as to which ones

    geekbench for the 2.3 with 8gb ram and samsung ssd is about 6200 64 bit
    geekbench for the 2.5 with 8gb ram and a micron ssd is about 7040 64 bit

    that is 13 percent better score for a 33 percent price hike. that score is mostly cpu based. since I don't game I have not tested gaming much I am will to though.
  4. AJ-X macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2011
    What software is that your using to monitor the temps and voltages?
  5. indg macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2007
    iStat menus 3
  6. AJ-X macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2011
  7. mdgm macrumors 6502a

    Nov 2, 2010
    If you like the free trial of that software, note that iStat Menus 3 is available for a special price for a few more days at http://www.mupromo.com/

    I bought the family pack there just recently (I'd been using the old free version) before updating my Macs to OS X Lion.
  8. Celeron thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2004

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