TechMike’s Server Guide – How Much Will This Server Cost Me?
We often get questions from our customers, especially those that are planning to utilize their server as a personal lab or run out of a home, "How much will this server impact my electricity bill?"
We took some of our most popular servers and measured their performance in energy consumption. We measured the Kilowatts Per Hour (kWh) and calculated it against the average electricity cost in the United States.
The models we tested were across-the-board all 8-bay rack server models from HP and Dell – 2x 2.60Ghz 8 Core Processors, 96GB of RAM, and 8TB of SAS HDD storage – since they reflect mid-level specs. We also measured the servers' performance in Peak and Idle. While a device will never always be Idle or Peak, you can use these guides to make the most informed decision depending on your anticipated usage.
(If you live in an area with a price of electricity outside of the national average, you can calculate your cost by multiplying the kWh times the rate listed on your electricity bill.)
Dell & HP 2U Rack Servers
Dell & HP 1U Rack Servers
Want to have a more exact number of your device’s energy consumption?
You can use this online tool here to calculate the total wattage generated by your machine (you’ll need to know the exact model and specs of your device's components. The more accurate detail you provide, the more exact the output will be).
You can then convert the output from Watts to kWh with this conversion calculator here.
Take that kWh number and multiply it by the rate on your electricity bill.
Have a question? Want to see other guides? Leave your comments below to let know what you think and what else you’d like for us to measure!