We built a PC more efficient than a console!

  • Published: 01 December 2019
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Comments • 5 011

  • djdidge
    djdidge  1 hours back

    great for motorhome based desktop builds!

    • Tsunami23
      Tsunami23  3 hours back

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

      • Can Çeralp
        Can Çeralp  5 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  8 hours 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  11 hours back

            anthony is amazing

            • Kevin Yang
              Kevin Yang  21 hours back

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

              • Stanton Howard
                Stanton Howard  1 days back

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

                • Justin Luckenbach
                  Justin Luckenbach  1 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  2 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  2 days back

                          great explanation.

                          why is his hair like dat

                          • GerstoxParty
                            GerstoxParty  1 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  5 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  12 hours back

                            KDA KDA who

                        • Ronald San Pedro
                          Ronald San Pedro  2 days back

                          youve turned your gaming desktop pc to gaming laptop.

                          • tom white
                            tom white  2 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  2 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  2 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  2 days back

                                  BIOS LINK??????

                                  • LTS LURCH
                                    LTS LURCH  2 days back

                                    Most gaming PCs out perform the pro version of counsels

                                    • Eric Hjalmarsson
                                      Eric Hjalmarsson  2 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  2 days back

                                        so you just made a pc

                                        • El Yeti MX
                                          El Yeti MX  2 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  3 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  3 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  3 days back

                                                  This is way too scripted

                                                  • Hiddenus
                                                    Hiddenus  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 days back

                                                          I'm in 2019 gaming on an AMD fx 8320

                                                          • FordSierraIS
                                                            FordSierraIS  3 days back

                                                            the big guy seems to have alot of knowledge.

                                                            • Kevin Li
                                                              Kevin Li  3 days back

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

                                                              • TerrariaTutorials
                                                                TerrariaTutorials  3 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  4 days back

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

                                                                            • Ethan Thomson グミ
                                                                              Ethan Thomson グミ  4 days back

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

                                                                              • Pwnstar
                                                                                Pwnstar  2 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  4 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  4 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  4 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  4 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  4 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  4 days back

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

                                                                                        • Veikko Haapamäki
                                                                                          Veikko Haapamäki  4 days back

                                                                                          What was the total cost?

                                                                                          • richard turk
                                                                                            richard turk  4 days back

                                                                                            According to the be quiet wattage calculator my new system is currently only running at 275w.
                                                                                            Where as my old system used 341w assuming it's somewhat accurate. So a 20% decrease in consumption seemed like a win.

                                                                                            • austin manley
                                                                                              austin manley  5 days back

                                                                                              Anthony -- Flashs card with an EVGA BIOS to set fan curve to 0

                                                                                              Me -- Just un-plug the power cable for the fan.......