|Gateway SX2851-41||Average watts per hour|
|Off (60 percent)||0.88|
|Sleep (10 percent)||2.14|
|Idle (25 percent)||36.39|
|Load (5 percent)||78.69|
|Annual energy cost||$6.79|
If our reviews of the Sandy Bridge gaming PCs are any indication, we can also expect better power efficiency when Intel's new chips become more mainstream. The power draw in this category isn't terrible now, and you'll barely notice the Gateway SX2851-41 on your power bill from month to month. Still, we welcome any technology that can reduce even modest power consumption, and the Core i3 200-series of Sandy Bridge CPUs promises to provide that kind of efficiency.
Gateway gives you one year of parts-and-labor coverage for the SX2851-41 along with 24-7 toll-free phone service and a variety of help resources available online. The system also comes with a few diagnostic apps to help you monitor the status of various components yourself.
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