Dell currently no longer ships certain Alienware Aurora R12 and R10 gaming PC configurations to half a dozen U.S. states because these product lines may fall outside the recently adopted energy efficiency requirements.
When attempting to set up one of these systems, a warning message in bold red letters appears to warn buyers that their order will not be respected if the destination resides in one of the affected states. This was first seen by Marie Oakes, an independent content creator who highlighted the disclaimer on Twitter.
"This product cannot be shipped to the states of California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont or Washington due to energy consumption regulations adopted by these states. Any order placed in these states will be canceled. ", says the message.
The Aurora R12 and R10 are built around the latest generation processors from Intel and AMD, the first with 11th generation Core Rocket Lake CPUs and the second with Zenzen-based Ryzen 5000 series chips.
Unfortunately, for both Dell and buyers residing in affected states, most Aurora R12 and R10 configurations consume more power than local regulations allow. There are exceptions, however.
A la Page Aurora R12, the second cheapest configuration ($ 1,156) equipped with a Core i5 11400F, GeForce GTX 1650 Super, 8 GB of DDR4-3200 one-channel RAM and 256 GB SSD + 1 TB hard drive "complies with regulations CES power consumption "and" is sent to ALL states. "The other five customizable starting points do not. Interestingly, it includes a cheaper configuration that drops the 256GB SSD from the mix, adding a more thirsty hard drive, but on the other hand it’s the same.
There are seven customizable settings in Product page Aurora R10and, again, only the second cheapest configuration indicates that it is shipped to all US states. Includes a Ryzen 5 5600X, Radeon RX 5600, 8 GB of single channel DDR4-3200 RAM and 256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD.
In a statement to The Register, Dell extended the shipping ban, as it relates to power requirements in California.
"Yes, this was driven by the Level 2 implementation of the California Energy Commission (CEC) which defined a mandatory energy efficiency standard for computers, including desktops, AIOs, and computer systems. Mobile games. It went into effect on July 1, 2021. Select Alienware settings Aurora R10 and R12 were the only systems affected by Dell and Alienware, "Dell said.
In 2016, California became the first U.S. state to approve energy efficiency standards for computers and monitors. At the time, the new rules were expected to save 2.3 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity a year and significantly reduce carbon pollution from fossil fuel power plants.
More regulations are also coming. On December 9, 2021, the Level 2 requirements will be expanded to "computers with high-speed network capacity, multi-screen laptops, laptops with cyclic behavior, and monitors with high refresh rates."
The formulas used to determine which systems happen to meet are detailed in Title 20 Appliance regulations document (PDF). In short, several annual power consumption metrics apply to different computers, the least stringent being 75 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, for certain systems manufactured after July 1, 2021.
In the future, there will be a lot of calculations that system builders will have to make around PC shipping from July 1, but with several "adders" (such as the GPU, the cards network and other hardware) that can modify the final calculation. It’s pretty dizzying.
It remains to be seen whether other PC manufacturers will also stop shipments of certain PC configurations and how the new rules will affect future models.