Power consumption

AchillesPDX over at Boxee forums did some tests on his Kill-a-Watt. The results he reported were:

Running a US Boxee Box on firmware v 0.9.21.14131 with no hard drive plugged in
Off: 0w
Standby: 12w
Idle: 13w
Playing networked 1080p h.264: 11w

What's surprising is that it sips a lower amount of power playing 1080p video than sitting idle on the main screen. Apparently, offloading the complexity of 1080p video onto transistors specifically designed to efficiently compute it uses less power than running arbitrary instructions on a general purpose CPU. http://forums.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=22177

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