Yesterday we reported that Dell had stopped shipping some of its Alienware equipment to California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont and Washington because the machines were falling short of the energy requirements recently imposed in those states. A bit confusing, one model in particular did not become effective, while others with almost the same specifications did not.
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Popular YouTube hardware JayZTwoCents posted a video exploring what’s going on here and, predictably, for anything related to the legislation, isn’t entirely straightforward. Essentially, though, high-end video game equipment will be exempt from these regulations, and the regulations themselves are a bit odd, as they are mostly concerned with looking at power consumption when the machine is idle.
True, the new rules do not care about the amount of energy your machine consumes when you use it, but rather when it is not.
As noted in the original story, the way you calculate power consumption, which includes many extras and add-ons, is tricky. This is not helped by the fact that the document that contains more details about what is required of these machines is really missing from the official Site of the California Energy Commission. The link only points to this missing PDF.
Essentially, however, the more expandable a machine is, the greater the consumption of idle power. This seems strange, as surely the goal here is to encourage people to use more efficient machines.
Regarding the exemption criteria, documents on the Intel website explains the details a little more clearly. If a machine is considered a high-expansion computer, it is exempt from the rules that came into force on July 1.
To enter this category, the PC needs at least a 600 W power supply and a discrete graphics card with a frame buffer of 600 GB / s or higher. Again, it covers high-end gaming machines with high-end graphics cards, such as the GeForce RTX 3080 (760 GB / s) and RTX 3090 (936 GB / s), but does not include mid-range cards anymore. aware the RTX 3060 (360 GB / s) or the Radeon RX 6700 XT (512 GB / s).
Let's go back to the original story about Alienware machine, the model that can be sent to California, et al. the CEC must have been cleaned up for sale, while the different SKUs have not. It's that simple. You can customize this clean machine and use it as a basis for your compilation if you live in one of these states, so there is at least one solution.
We will continue to study this and see how things are set up for more modest gaming computers, because right now they seem to be at a serious disadvantage even though they consume much less energy.