My PC died a week ago. It wasn’t a lingering death, just a wheeze and a sigh, then nothing. I was there at the bedside. Ironically, the prime suspect is overheating caused by a climate simulation program I’d just started.
Stifling my grief, I started to consider replacement options. What better time to invest in a ‘green’ PC?. This morning brought the November (yes, really, November!) edition of Personal Computer World crashing onto my doormat, with a review of the Very PC Green PC 940 BE (snappy title). For £399, you get:
- AMD Athlon X2 BE-2300 1.9 GHz dual-core processor, using 45W of power, about half the industry average.
- 1 Gb DDR2 memory
- Onboard graphics and sound
- Low-power 2.5 inch 100Gb hard disk
- DVD re-writer
What you don’t get:
- Monitor, speakers, mouse, keyboard, wireless networking
The ‘green-ness’ of this PC concentrates on its power consumption. I assume its other environmental impacts are no better or worse than any other machine. The power specs are impressive (just under 50W idling, 60-70W under load), but there are obvious trade-offs in terms of performance. Don’t expect 3D graphics or video editing software to be up there with the big boys. That said, as a replacement machine for uses such as home entertainment, web browsing or office applications, this is worth a look. Especially if you’re recycling monitor, keyboard etc from a recently-deceased old comrade.