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    Registered User tef's Avatar
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    The Cost of Folding

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    March 27, 2007 - Let's face it: There will never be enough money and resources dedicated to science to help with solving some of mankind's mysteries, such as the cure for various diseases or whether or not we're alone in the universe. But with the help of distributed computing applications like Folding@Home, everyday Joes can help these causes by allowing their computers (and now PlayStation 3s) to crunch numbers while not in use to help scientific research.

    With the help of Stanford University, Sony recently made a version of Folding@Home available to PlayStation 3 owners worldwide. Helping out science is as simple as pressing X a couple times or even just letting your console standby for a bit. While this requires little to no work on your end, it does cost you a little cash out of your pocket each month to pay for the electricity. How much, you ask? That's what we're here for.

    We've taken a few bits of information and compiled a rough and estimated chart of how much it would cost you to run Folding@Home on a PlayStation 3 for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These are estimates in the truest sense of the word. For instance, according to Stanford University's Folding@Home FAQ for PS3, a PlayStation 3 should use about 200W of power while running the application. For our electrical costs, we borrowed a chart from Nebraska's website that breaks down the average electricity costs for each state during December 2006.

    The chart below shows, in order of cheapest to most expensive, each state, how many cents per kilowatt hour it charges on average, and the cost of running Folding@Home for a month straight. Have a look, and remember that no matter how much it costs you to run Folding@Home, it's for a very, very worthy cause and we suggest you do so if at all possible.

    State Cent/kWh FAH

    1 Idaho 4.78 $6.88
    2 West Virginia 5.09 $7.33
    3 Wyoming 5.32 $7.66
    4 Oklahoma 5.48 $7.89
    5 Utah 5.5 $7.92
    6 North Dakota 5.54 $7.98
    7 Nebraska 5.59 $8.05
    8 Kentucky 5.62 $8.09
    9 Missouri 5.7 $8.21
    10 Kansas 5.86 $8.44
    11 Indiana 6.33 $9.12
    12 Iowa 6.36 $9.16
    13 South Dakota 6.4 $9.22
    14 Virginia 6.63 $9.55
    15 Arkansas 6.64 $9.56
    16 Alabama 6.66 $9.59
    17 Minnesota 6.67 $9.60
    18 Illinois 6.69 $9.63
    19 Washington 6.76 $9.73
    20 Oregon 6.85 $9.86
    21 Mississippi 7.06 $10.17
    22 Montana 7.08 $10.20
    23 Tennessee 7.08 $10.20
    24 South Carolina 7.09 $10.21
    25 Colorado 7.15 $10.30
    26 New Mexico 7.16 $10.31
    27 Georgia 7.31 $10.53
    28 Louisiana 7.45 $10.73
    29 Ohio 7.49 $10.79
    30 North Carolina 7.57 $10.90
    31 Arizona 7.64 $11.00
    32 Wisconsin 8.08 $11.64
    33 Pennsylvania 8.44 $12.15
    34 Michigan 8.46 $12.18

    National Average 8.49 $12.23

    35 Nevada 9.39 $13.52
    36 Texas 9.56 $13.77
    37 Delaware 10.12 $14.57
    38 Maryland 10.24 $14.75
    39 Florida 10.33 $14.88
    40 District of Columbia 10.75 $15.48
    41 Vermont 11.38 $16.39
    42 New Jersey 11.47 $16.52
    43 California 12.17 $17.52
    44 New York 13.07 $18.82
    45 Rhode Island 13.16 $18.95
    46 Maine 13.32 $19.18
    47 Alaska 13.47 $19.40
    48 New Hampshire 13.99 $20.15
    49 Massachusetts 15.24 $21.95
    50 Connecticut 15.98 $23.01
    51 Hawaii 19.28 $27.76

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    Jeez is this per month?...See I live in hawaii and it's nice to know we get gouged every "cent" of the way.

    Hrm, I wonder if I can write off the electricity consumption on my taxes for charitable causes.

    03/26 2100hrs: 18,486 ps3 units working together to find the cure...
    03/27 0900hrs: Tef makes a post talking about IGN's finding regarding power consumption of PS3's FAH.
    03/27 1900hrs: 12,810 ps3 units working together to find the cure...
    03/27 2300hrs: 10,492 ps3 units working together to find the cure...

    LOL i'm j/k. 25$ a month is sure a lot of money to support a game system..

    But on a positive note, thanks for sharing the information. I'm sure to turn off my lights and disconnect my heater.

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    I live in Minnesota, and wow! Less than $10 to run Folding@Home for an entire month straight!? I would be all over that if only it was safe to update to 1.60

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    I'm bringing this thread back........hahaa.........So seeing as how I live in Okinawa, where the price is 19.9 yen per KwH= roughly 23 cents USD
    wow, $33.11 USD every month to fold on my PS3....not worth it!

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    i cant see folding on my ps3 anymore.is it still there?personally id like to help but im not wasting my ps3 ..

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    Sony shut down the PS3's folding client back in November.

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    I haven't tried it yet, but maybe this client will still work?

    http://www.ps3news.com/forums/ps3-ha...le-106791.html

    also, looks like another case of Sony claiming ownership of your console.
    Last edited by RacerXGtsT; 12-25-2012 at 10:12 PM

 

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