California players are ravenous to dying on account of inexperienced energy rules on high-end computer systems – cotton wool?

Guest contribution by Eric Worrall

I long predicted that California support for the green revolution would fade the moment it interfered with coffee shipments to Starbucks. But I never dreamed that California would mess with the players.

Dell won’t ship power hungry PCs to California and five other US states due to power regulations

Energy efficiency rules seem to limit the availability of gaming rigs

Thomas Claburn in San Francisco
Mon 26.07.2021 // 21:35 UTC

Dell no longer ships energy-hungry gaming PCs to certain US states because they use more energy than local standards allow.

For example, customers who wish to purchase an Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 gaming desktop from Dell’s website and have it shipped to California will now receive a message telling buyers that they are out of luck.

“This product cannot be shipped to the states of California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont, or Washington due to the power consumption regulations of these states,” the website states. “All orders placed for these countries will be canceled.”

Dell confirmed to The Register that California’s ban was due to power usage regulations, saying:

Yes, this was driven by the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Tier 2 implementation, which has defined a mandatory energy efficiency standard for PCs – including desktops, AIOs, and mobile gaming systems. This came into force on July 1, 2021. Select configurations of the Alienware Aurora R10 and R12 were the only affected systems from Dell and Alienware.

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Obviously the most elite gamer would scoff at the idea of ​​buying rigs from Dell or buying a pre-built rig, they are far more likely to assemble their own water-cooled overclocked monstrosity in their mother’s basement.

But gamers are serious people in some ways, often the kind of nerds who could topple a government system on their lunch break before the coffee runs cold. Even a suggestion that the California state government starve them of their high-end MMORPG fix could end badly for California’s green energy zealots.


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