posted on Jul, 13 2017 @ 08:25 PM
With an interest in solar energy I thought it be wiser to first minimise energy wastage before investing in solar panels. So first on my hit list was
my trusty computer. An Intel i7 3770k that was wasting 50 watts (not including monitor) idling at a blank desktop and jumping to 75w when browsing.
With my computer on 10 hours a day it was turning over 500 watts of energy into heat.
So I ordered a UDOO INTEL CELERON N3160 Board from here
for USD149 (power supply cost extra) and a Hynix
128GB SSD M.2 Solid State Drive for storage at US60
I then installed one of the lightest operating systems on it, Linux Mint Xfce 64 bit, which can be viewed
. In installing Linux Mint I had to set the disks manually because the auto install failed
on the UDOO. But I am impressed with the functionality and speed of Linux Mint Xfce.
Interestingly, I haven't notice a great deal of difference in the operating speed of the GUI on UDOO when compared to my GUI (Linux cinnamon) on the
I7 when browsing or watching video's. I will still keep my old I7 machine when I need the stronger processor for heavier work (development etc), but
for just browsing, the UDOO does everything asked of it.
The UDOO idles at about 6w. And typically only uses a few watts more when browsing or watching video's. It has 12v input so I will be able to run
directly from batteries.
By using the UDOO I am saving over 450 watts a day. Not a breathtaking saving by any means but every little bit helps. As a side benefit the little
computer is totally silent and looks cute in its acrylic case. There are a number of alternatives including the Intel Celeron N3050 NUC which might
prove just as good. I ordered the UDOO X86 because it can also run android 7 if I want to migrate down that path.