The Grounds for the Ban of Some Alienware Computers in Six States

Although individual setups can vary greatly, computers with an ES score of less than 250 produced between January 1, 2019, and July 1, 2021, could not consume more than 50 kilowatthours (kWh) annually. Desktops with an ES score between 426 and 690 could not consume more than 100 kWh annually, while those with an ES score between 251-425 had to use less than 80 kWh (via The Register). These energy allotments increased to 50, 60, and 75 kWh on July 1, 2021, accordingly.

While the amount of energy produced globally only increases by 2% annually, the amount of power needed for routine computer usage in an 2020 report from the Semiconductor Industry Association doubles every three years. That excludes all of the expensive gaming equipment, the sales of which have an doubled in the last two years rating.

The Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition utilized 563.01 watts when stressed and 66.29 watts during short idle, according to the Product Compliance Datasheet . Certain model R10s and R12s stopped being sold in those six states as a result of the bill’s failure to pass. In its whole line-up of gaming PCs, Dell emphasized that this fact only related to a few specific configurations of Alienware Aurora computers (via The Register).

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