We built a PC more efficient than a console!

  • Published: 01 December 2019
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Comments • 5 017

  • AbyssalReClass
    AbyssalReClass  3 hours back

    *Glances at threadripper build* Whelp. Good thing most of my power comes from Hydro

    • User Userov
      User Userov  11 hours back

      There is an error in cable length power draw calculations. Watt should be multiplied with seconds, not hours. In order to get kW*h units for the energy use, we can multiply 0.998 W with 3600 seconds after converting it to kilowatts.(0.998W/1000)*3600s=3.5928 kW*h.

      • Robert Neve
        Robert Neve  18 hours back

        would have been cool if you'd also got the power draw of the same pc out of the box and overclocked. For comparison.

        • djdidge
          djdidge  20 hours back

          great for motorhome based desktop builds!

          • Tsunami23
            Tsunami23  22 hours back

            So how can I set my fan to 0% on my zotac 1070?

            • Can Çeralp
              Can Çeralp  24 hours back

              I believe that 30-40W difference is paid with the physical volume difference. If the PC was fit into a case as big as Xbox One's, then the results would be even more closer, if not same. Still, a perfect setup. Almost more close to gaming laptops than desktop PCs.

              • Nityanand Saswade
                Nityanand Saswade  1 days back

                He did not told you the fact that how much extra emissions it caused building powerful pc including that 90plus gold psu.
                And yes how much fps you lost by undervolting and underclocking your pc.

                • celes
                  celes  1 days back

                  anthony is amazing

                  • Kevin Yang
                    Kevin Yang  2 days back

                    650W psu when pc draws 100W... nice efficiency there btw

                    • Stanton Howard
                      Stanton Howard  2 days back

                      What's up with your vampire red eyes in this video lol

                      • Justin Luckenbach
                        Justin Luckenbach  2 days back

                        My pc rolls coal.

                        • Umer Irfan
                          Umer Irfan  2 days back

                          Very poorly scripted.

                          • UNO CASTILLO
                            UNO CASTILLO  2 days back

                            i want to build a workstation for VFX (Blender, Houidini, Nuke) but I want to install Linux OS. Do you have any recommendation about it? I want to install a Ryzen 3950X CPU.

                            • LightBox
                              LightBox  3 days back

                              My pc draws about 160 watts (laptop) in a thin form factor and gets about 1080/rtx 2060 levels of performance.

                              • KDA KDA
                                KDA KDA  3 days back

                                great explanation.

                                why is his hair like dat

                                • GerstoxParty
                                  GerstoxParty  20 hours back

                                  Anthony made a choice too though, having long hair while you're balding that bad is usually not going to look good, he's so far gone in fact that I would just buzzcut

                                • Thor Odinson
                                  Thor Odinson  24 hours back

                                  There's nothing Anthony could do about his hair ig,this is how it looks best if you think about it.
                                  Linus' hair on the other hand, that's a stupid choice he's made and refuses to recognise

                                • GerstoxParty
                                  GerstoxParty  1 days back

                                  KDA KDA who

                              • Ronald San Pedro
                                Ronald San Pedro  3 days back

                                youve turned your gaming desktop pc to gaming laptop.

                                • tom white
                                  tom white  3 days back

                                  You had mentioned linking the how to flash 2080 bios to disable fans. I don't see it in the description

                                  • Behind TheWall
                                    Behind TheWall  3 days back

                                    consoles aren't built for power efficiency, they're built for cramming stuff into a box. among other things, that means fans have to work harder to push the heat out. that can make a big difference, especially when both systems are set up for the same graphics quality instead of trying to compare a console to a more powerful machine. even the extra overhead of a desktop OS and less hardware-optimized games don't compete with that if your PC uses a fair deal of passive cooling

                                    • PkGam
                                      PkGam  3 days back

                                      Your next challenge: The Nintendo Switch maxes at 18 watts. Though usually uses around 15 while gaming. Can you beat it's efficiency?

                                      • drobecxxx
                                        drobecxxx  3 days back

                                        BIOS LINK??????

                                        • LTS LURCH
                                          LTS LURCH  3 days back

                                          Most gaming PCs out perform the pro version of counsels

                                          • Eric Hjalmarsson
                                            Eric Hjalmarsson  3 days back

                                            If you wanted to build a environmentally friendly, wouldn't it be better to just buy used?
                                            Doesn't draw that much more, but you have the massive benefit of not needing to be constructed.

                                            • ah shit
                                              ah shit  3 days back

                                              so you just made a pc

                                              • El Yeti MX
                                                El Yeti MX  3 days back

                                                This video was actually really interesting to me. I'm kind of really aware of what I waste in electricity, and almost any other bill or resource. Knowing this kinda hurts that I'm using a 850W PSU, for a system that draws no more than 300W.
                                                Great to know this LTT. Thanks!

                                                • pino de vogel
                                                  pino de vogel  3 days back

                                                  Just got a 9900k only to find new dx12 and vulcan games make my cpu run at 5 to 13% load... some call it optimizing i call is poor optimisation. Its a waste of gpu resources as long as the cpu isnt a bottleneck. So even a 6 core may be irrelevant in the future unless devs back of dx12 and vulcan and use my gpu power for fps rather then things the cpu can do aswell. Dx11 runs better for a reason i guess.

                                                  • ItsCampCeption
                                                    ItsCampCeption  4 days back

                                                    So I may not be understanding this properly, but does that mean they would theoretically only need like a 200w psu for that build?

                                                    • Marmamartha
                                                      Marmamartha  4 days back

                                                      No offense but aren't the 1000 series videocards more efficient on 1080p in comparison with the 2000 series? Sure it probably isn't watt wise, but it would have been an interesting look.

                                                      • NoooUGH
                                                        NoooUGH  4 days back

                                                        This is way too scripted

                                                        • Hiddenus
                                                          Hiddenus  4 days back

                                                          Interesting. I have 7700K and I dropped it to 0.9975V merely at cost of turbo and locking CPU to 4.0GHz, but I haven't tried RAM voltages as my main reason for undervolting was temperatures rather than power consumption. Too bad it didn't change much since GPU pukes heat into the case resulting in same temperatures as without undervolting... :(

                                                          • Bet Alpha
                                                            Bet Alpha  4 days back

                                                            Hey the moment u get a beastly Pc u are resigning urself to the fact that it will draw a ton of electricity

                                                            • Iraklis Apergis
                                                              Iraklis Apergis  4 days back

                                                              This is very very interesting! Saving power is quite interesting. If you had a secondary part of the video were some are explained in detailed a few stuff (like the bios part which I have no understanding) that would be excellent.

                                                              • Explosive_Shart
                                                                Explosive_Shart  4 days back

                                                                I'm in 2019 gaming on an AMD fx 8320

                                                                • FordSierraIS
                                                                  FordSierraIS  4 days back

                                                                  the big guy seems to have alot of knowledge.

                                                                  • Kevin Li
                                                                    Kevin Li  4 days back

                                                                    just move to somewhere that uses a cleaner source of energy to produce electricity

                                                                    • TerrariaTutorials
                                                                      TerrariaTutorials  4 days back

                                                                      Faster than a console. CPU is the price of an Xbox one s. You f***** up one to many times Linus.

                                                                      • Vampirerockstar
                                                                        Vampirerockstar  4 days back

                                                                        Anthony: "Here's my sponsor"

                                                                        Linus: "So you have chosen death"

                                                                        • Den nis
                                                                          Den nis  4 days back

                                                                          I´m very glad I found a seasonic Gold power supply a year ago. Very Stable and cold. The quality is impressive.

                                                                          • Freeman
                                                                            Freeman  4 days back

                                                                            This is great for a PC that is supposed to have a very high uptime.

                                                                            • Lautaro Quiroga
                                                                              Lautaro Quiroga  4 days back

                                                                              And here I am with my 580 crashing every single game for undervolting

                                                                              god damn it.

                                                                              I did manage to find configs for certain games that would make it stay at 75°C under load. Consider we're currently at 34°C on hottest days, and it's not even full summer yet, could be worse. Also, case is... generic garbage. But from 82+°C default config, to 75 is quite a considerable amount.

                                                                              Problem is I can't really know if it crashes just because of the voltage on certain games, or the lower frequency or the more aggressive fan curve.

                                                                              • jjkillerxx
                                                                                jjkillerxx  4 days back

                                                                                its really not that hard to build a PC more efficient than a console. consoles these days suck.

                                                                                • TheMorbidHobo
                                                                                  TheMorbidHobo  5 days back

                                                                                  Eh, where I live it's pretty much entirely hydro, so whatever.

                                                                                  • Ethan Thomson グミ
                                                                                    Ethan Thomson グミ  5 days back

                                                                                    if PCs are better than consoles, why are people always trying to make console killer PCs

                                                                                    • Pwnstar
                                                                                      Pwnstar  3 days back

                                                                                      Your argument is circular. They want console killer PCs because then it's an actual PC with all the flexibility that Windows 10 provides even if the game performance isn't better than a console.

                                                                                  • TheOneTonHammer
                                                                                    TheOneTonHammer  5 days back

                                                                                    Did you say there was a link in the description to mod a founders card with an Evga bios so you could stop the fans? 'cause I don't see it....

                                                                                    • TheOneTonHammer
                                                                                      TheOneTonHammer  5 days back

                                                                                      power supplies don't suck up power. They provide power to components that suck up power. They are the middle man. #PowerSupplyJustice lol

                                                                                      • Merlin Da Wizard
                                                                                        Merlin Da Wizard  5 days back

                                                                                        Did anyone do the maths on how many hours gaming it'd take before having a lower power consumption would favour the pricier investment?

                                                                                        • John Christianson
                                                                                          John Christianson  5 days back

                                                                                          I use a community choice aggregation program that generates solar electricity for my area funnels it into PG&E's grid and assigns that energy (on paper at least) to my home.
                                                                                          This means that I can pretend I'm not part of the problem while using a computer tricked out with a massive amount of RGB and fans but at least I use a platinum rated psu ... that's a asus thor.

                                                                                          • Omar L
                                                                                            Omar L  5 days back

                                                                                            I'm sorry but you guys are idiots. Why not just buy a gaming laptop if you're so worried about efficiency?

                                                                                            • SilverKnight
                                                                                              SilverKnight  5 days back

                                                                                              I could fall asleep to Anthony's voice, man.