The Cost of Folding
Posted by XanTium | 28-3-2007 20:10 EST
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.
lowest: Idaho | 4.78 Cent/kWh | $6.88/month
US average: 8.49 Cent/kWh | $12.23/month
highest: Hawaii | 19.28 Cent/kWh | $27.76/month
If you use Folding@Home on your PS3, feel free to join our group 'ps3scene' with ID# 56516.
Full Story: ps3.ign.com