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How the right computer memory can save on your company electricity bills

By Ben Lobel on Mar 31st, 2016   @freelotteriesuk

If you are financially responsible for a business, you will know better than anybody how crucial it is to reduce company overheads. There are various ways to reduce running costs but being energy efficient is a sure-fire way to save money that can be better spent on your staff or invested back into the company.

Not only can you save money but it’s also better for the environment so it is a win-win all round. You’ve probably already heard of several ways to save money on your business electricity bills such as energy saving light bulbs, turning lights and electrical equipment off overnight as well as making your own electricity with solar panels or wind turbines. But did you know that you can also save money by upgrading your computer memory to low voltage memory? Or upgrading your HDDs to Installing and replacing traditional HDDs with Solid State Drives (SSD) can dramatically reduce your consumption of electricity which will reflect your electricity bills, especially if you are operating lots of desktop PCs, servers, laptops or the likes within an environment where an upgrade is possible.

When you combine and integrate just some of the below within a large organisation the savings can be very significant. Results have shown that SSDs can draw up to 80 per cent less power (watts) than a traditional HDD when under load such as during the read/write phase (when they SSDs are working).

Several reasons as to why SSDs use less power are:

• They run cooler; because SSDs run cooler this means they will draw less power from a power source. HDDs run at much higher temperatures meaning they will require more power to cool them, such as from a fan which is linked to a power source within your system.

• Physically smaller with no moving parts; because an SSD is physically smaller and uses no moving parts there is less hardware required to power an SSD internally over a traditional HDD.

• Faster boot times; you will notice much faster boot times on devices when an SSD is installed. With boot times much faster, as much as a 300 per cent increase (10 seconds over 40 seconds as a guide) which means you will be drawing less power during the boot up phase of a system.

But it’s not just your SSDs that you should upgrade to. Upgrading RAM where possible to low voltage will also help contribute to lower power consumption.

Saving money by upgrading to low voltage RAM

Upgrading from 1.5v memory to 1.35v is a 9.99 per cent reduction in voltage used per module. Applying this to a server environment which has potentially hundreds of servers can reduce electricity bills significantly as the power used will reduce with the lower voltage memory modules. A data centre for example could house hundreds if not thousands of servers. The amount of slots vary depending on server brand and model, but if we take for example an HP/Compaq ProLiant DL580 Gen8 (G8) server which can utilise up to 96 sockets (96 memory modules) by installing low voltage DDR3L memory across 96 sockets could result in a significant saving if your servers are operational 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.

It doesn’t just end with lowering the voltage and saving money with the memory upgrade. Adding lower voltage memory will also put less strain on the CPU which will also reduce power consumption. Installing lower voltage memory can help reduce power usage across the server.

So what are you waiting for? Upgrading your computer’s memory RAM to low voltage memory and/or HDD’s to Solid State Drives can lead to significant money savings and better still, it’s green too!

This article was provided by KingstonMemoryShop.co.uk.