States limit purchase of high end computers



This should clip the wings of those capitalists who need powerful computer capacity. Add regular gamers as well. States putting the brakes and limiting what kind of computer one can have. Falls under “Power Consumption Regulations.” Where did this come from? If we needed another example of a previous post The United States Descent Into Madness this is it. California has a special kind of madness considering they are suppose to be the tech capital of the world.

Looks like it’s back to this:

NEC Multispeed EL Computer“NEC Multispeed EL Computer” by lewong2000 is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Approximately 59 million Americans spanning five states can’t buy Dell’s high-end Alienware brand desktop PCs “due to power consumption regulations.”

When one goes to the Dell Alienware online configurator to buy an Aurora R12 gaming desktop, a special notice appears which reads:

This product cannot be shipped to the states of California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont or Washington due to power consumption regulations adopted by those states. Any orders placed that are bound for those states will be canceled.

Among other state policies, the prohibition puts Dell in compliance with California’s Energy Commission regulations which took effect on July 1. Under the new guidelines, annual energy consumption cannot consume more than 75 kWh/year, and cannot exceed an “expandability score” (ES) of 690, which includes idle power consumption.


California madness:


Computing Savings in California
Requirements for Desktop Computers, Thin Clients, MobileGaming Systems, Portable All-in-Ones and Notebook Computers
On July 1, 2021, desktop computers, thin clients and mobile gaming systems will be required to comply with the Tier-II performance, testing, marking and certification requirements listed inSections 16011608 ofCalifornia’s Appliance EfficiencyRegulations (Title 20). Portable all-in-ones and notebook computers must continue to meet the Tier 1 requirements that became effective on January 1, 2019.On December 9, 2021, computers with high-speed networking capability, multi-screen notebooks, notebooks with cyclical behavior, and monitors with high refresh rates will also be required to meet the performance, testing, marking and certification requirements listed inSections 1601(v) –1608 of Title 20.The regulations for these computer types are in addition to those that went into effect on January 1, 2018 for small-scale servers, high expandability computers, mobile workstations and workstations.
According to the 2016 Energy Commission Staff Report, computers and monitors account for approximately 3% of residential and 7% of commercial energy use, qualifying them as large electricity consumers. Much of the time, these products are turned on and consuming electricity but are not actively being used. The Energy Commission recognizes four different non-active operational modes: short-idle, long-idle, sleep and off-modes.Some computers consume 50 watts of electricity in these idle modes.The Title 20 standards are cost-effective, technically feasible and limit the amount of electricity computers and monitors are allowed to consume when not in active mode. The standards are designed to reduce energy consumption in active mode without interfering with performance. The standards set targets for energy consumed in the four non-active modes based on a computer’s “expandibility score” (ES). The ES considers the number and type of interfaces offered. There are also allowances for additional energy use if the computer offers additional functionality, including:• Add-in Cards• Additional Hard Disks• Graphics Cards• High Bandwidth System Memory• High-speed Ethernet Capability• Integrated Display• Refresh Rates Above 300 Hz (monitors)• System Memory• Video Surveillance Cards• Wired Ethernet or Fiber CardsThe base total energy consumption targets are determined by a product’s ES, which is contingent on the type of interfaces present in the system as sold or offered for sale.
Relevant Code Sections
California Appliance Efficiency Regulations, Title 201602(a) and1602(v) – Definitions1604(v)(4) – Test Methods for Computers1605.3(v)(5) – State Standards for Computers1606 – Filing by Manufacturers; Listing of Appliances in Database1607(b) – Marking of Appliances (Name, Model Number, and Date)
 Title 20
Fact Sheet
 Title 20 –Computers – 2019 Tier-I Standards 
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24 Responses to “States limit purchase of high end computers”

  1. Bill H. Says:

    But, we will be required to convert 15 million cars from internal combustion to electric power by 2030.
    FIFTEEN MILLION ELECTRIC CARS, but no high speed computers.
    Only in California, along with $300 billion and 35 years to build 100 miles of high speed rail in the desert.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Steve Dennis Says:

    Good find! I hadn’t seen anything about this, they certainly snuck it through when nobody was looking. Another sacrifice at the global warming altar. We keep saying at some point the people are going to wake up to what is going on but I think we are past the point of no return.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Mustang Says:

      You know Steve, it wasn’t us that invented the internet, it was Gore. It wasn’t us that invented computers, or air conditioning, or automobiles, or refined gasoline — none of that stuff. Someone else did that and then gave it to us to use (pay as you go). Then, when we use all that stuff, they blame US for climate change. It almost sounds like a scam. After reading Bunkerville’s post today (since my wife is visiting relatives), I went around the house and turned everything on I could find. It’s just my spiteful nature, I guess. Whatever happens, though, don’t tell Peter. You know what a radical he is.

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      • bunkerville Says:

        And now they have remote control to each and every house…. soon, very soon we will get our allotment… use it wisely and enjoy it now Mustang.. It reminded me of a business we had and the electric costs were determined per the KWH used at the highest point in a year and charged accordingly throughout the year. Our business had it highest usage at night. We paid more per KWH — about 4 times more than industry did, since their peak was during the day and of course there was competition for the energy source….. My Mother fought it for years. Of course the point was it takes so much to make a KW no matter when used.. It is when I came to hate the government… NSA? Did you catch this????

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  3. Baysider Says:

    Hard to tell how much they use by a standardized figure. One article in the Register states the “kWh per year limit becomes 50, 60, and 75” depending on other factors (state of use, as idle or high use).

    “A CEC [California Energy Commission] spokesperson told The Register that staff was unaware of vendors not shipping to California as a result of the Tier II requirements taking effect.” I’m shocked! A bureaucrat ignorant of the effects of his regulations.

    COMPARISON: A 40-inch LED big screen TV uses 100 kw/hour, estimated 250 Kwh per year. These fill the private suites, clubs and food vending broadways of sports facilities nationwide.

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  4. markone1blog Says:

    So, tell me what the State of Madness will do to me if I order said models of Alienware computers from Arizona or Nevada (or even New Mexico or Texas) and pack it in my handy-dandy suitcase and travel to California? Will they be waiting on Interstate 10? Will they stake out the airport?

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  5. markone1blog Says:

    Why do I get the idea that I will be kicking myself for having sold that manual adding machine that had been stored in my parent’s garage? It had made stuck with the family longer than either of my siblings, but I had no qualms at my dad’s passing to sell it. Will I now rue the day?

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  6. Mustang Says:

    There are just under 40-million people living in California. Subtracting the 161,000 homeless people, then people living indoors would be around 39.7 million. What percentage of those people, do you think, would be interested in purchasing Dell’s high-end computer? In total, Dell only shipped 45,000 computers to worldwide locations. Even if every computer went to California, what percentage of CA’s total annual energy production of 7.8 trillion BTUs would that entail, given that the average annual consumption of energy for a desktop computer is between 31-194 KWh/yr? And anyway, wouldn’t the computer user be responsible for paying his or her electric bill?

    Nice picture, by the way, of the old NEC computer. Did you know that China is the only place in the world where “Wong” means computer?

    Apparently, capitalism demands more regulations, not less. Everyone in CA thinks that Newsome is the problem; they should be looking at their woke legislature.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Impressive analysis this early in the AM…. I recall the old Commodore 64 my first computer… you are correct.. the voters have total responsibility.


    • peter3nj Says:

      I believe the USPS is behind this. Should we go back to mailing our payments the additional revenue would enable them to cut their annual loss from 100 gazillion to 99 gazillion 999 quatrillion.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Mustang Says:

      I disagree, Peter. It makes better sense to raise the cost of a first-class stamp to $4,500.00. Plus, wouldn’t that entitle us to an increase in a cost of living adjustment to social security?

      Liked by 2 people

      • peter3nj Says:

        Hey Mustang, free franking privileges for all vaccinated seniors, legal or not in lieu of SS C.O.L.A.’s for the next hundred years.

        Liked by 1 person

  7. Ed Bonderenka Says:

    On top of limiting your access to firearms and internal combustion engines, California limits your ability to compute the damage they are doing.

    Liked by 3 people

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