Data Center Energy Efficiency Hinges on Utilization, Not Applications
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One thing that you sometimes hear about when it comes to energy efficiency in the data center is power consumption at the application level. Windows Vista OS, for example, is rumored to be more "expensive" energy-wise than previous releases and other systems. However, it is suspected that the energy difference between Vista and other Microsoft OS versions is barely measurable.

Any machine using more cycles is going to use more power, assuming that the machine has some throttling mechanism to slow down when it's not being used, which most of the PCs and even the mainframe have. There is probably more you can do with graphics in Vista that draws a little more power, but that's a nit compared to some of the other issues concerning data center power consumption.
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