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How green is your PC?

The end is nigh. Ice caps are melting, polar bears are being forced to beg for coins outside bus stations and everyone is moving to the Midwest as coastal areas shrink and temperatures soar. Good god, we’re doomed. OK, so global warming scaremongers occasionally get carried away with stories about our impending demise, but even the most delusional flat-earthers can no longer deny it. Things are definitely heating up.

Homo sapiens have been farting obscene amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution, but what’s that got to do with you and me? After all, incinerating zombies in Half-Life 2 is hardly the same as incinerating lumps of rainforest. Or is it? The more electricity you use, the more guys in a factory somewhere burn stuff. Research shows that home entertainment gizmos are hefty contributors to all that carbon.



What’s more, gaming PCs are the SUVs of home technology. A single graphics card can consume about 145 watts, and many high-end PCs run two cards at the same time. Plus of course, there’s additional drainage from high-end processors, hard drives, fans and peripherals.

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