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i recently picked on ebay an old HP DL380 G7, i think it was a great deal, lots of disk space and a very low price, for what I need, it was a great deal.

These are the specs:

CPU: 2 x INTEL XEON E5530 2.40GHz 8MB QUAD CORE CPU

RAM: 8GB

HDD: 2 x GENERIC 600GB 15k 3.5" SAS - 4x HP 2TB 6G 7.2K 3.5" SAS

RAID CONTROLLER: P410i/256MB

PSU: 2 x 460W HOT PLUG PSU

It does not have to do very heavy work, it is used mostly as a storage and backup device, the cpu idle at about 3-4% but the power consumption is very high. The ILO report 150W, even a power meter report 150W (wow, i didn't expect that to be so accurate). My PC that is much powerfull idle at about 60W.

So what is it using so much power? What i should change for better power consumption (CPU, PSU ecc).

Maybe it's normal that servers use so much power? (i don't think so), are maybe the 6 disk that use so much power?

Here there is the screenshot of the power meter page: Power Meter Screen

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150W for a dual socket, Nehalem-EP based server is not bad. After all, servers of that generation all have relatively high platform idle power consumption.

It is absolutely normal and expected that your PC consume much less power: it probably is a much newer, single socket system with lower-power DDR module and a smaller lithography CPU.

  • yes i know it, In fact, I asked what I could upgrade to make it more efficient. I don't want to upgrade everything right know, only the most energy-intensive parts – Simone Luconi Dec 3 '18 at 20:08
  • The high power consumption depends on the old platform. You can't upgrade anything to significantly lower its power consumption. – shodanshok Dec 3 '18 at 20:27

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