Dell may BAN its high-performance gaming PCs in California

Dell is NOT allowed to sell its high-performance gaming PCs in California because it consumes more energy than the liberal state’s green laws allow

  • Dell banned from selling its new Alienware gaming system in California
  • This includes the three Alienware Aurora R12 Gaming Desktop systems with the 11th Gen Intel Core processor
  • Dell’s Alienware consumes 63 kWh per year when idle, but can consume up to 563 kWh under CPU load
  • California law limits anything made after July 1 to 50, 60, or 70 kWH per year

Computer maker Dell is not allowed to ship its game system, Alienware, to customers in California due to power consumption regulations,” the company’s website reads.

The Alienware Aurora R12 Gaming Desktop without the 11th Gen Intel Core processor is the only model that can ship to all 50 states, the other three systems with the powerful chip, which range in price from $1,099 to $2,409.99, can ship to all 50 states. not that.

According to Dell, its power-intensive Alienware consumes 63 kWH per year when idle, but can use 563 kWh per year when its CPU is under pressure.

California law limits anything made after July 1 to 50, 60, or 70 kWH per year.

California isn’t the only US state to stop the gaming system from crossing its borders, as Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont and Washington have also banned it, as first reported by The register.

The Alienware Aurora R12 Gaming Desktop without the 11th Gen Intel Core processor is the only model that can ship to all 50 states, the other three systems with the powerful chip, which range in price from $1,099 to $2,409.99, can ship to all 50 states. not

California passed new energy restrictions on consumer goods in 2016, but the standards didn’t take effect until 2019.

The restrictions stem from the idea that California is the most populous state in the country, has the largest economy and is second only to Texas in total energy consumption.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the state is “the fourth largest electricity producer in the country, accounting for about five percent of U.S. electricity generation (1 megawatt and greater) in 2019.”

With these details in mind, California officials began releasing a different list of restrictions every few years with Tier I restrictions the January 2019 rollout, which allowed no more than 50, 80 or 100 kWh per year for systems made from then until July 2021.

According to Dell, its power-intensive Alienware consumes 63 kWH per year when idle, but can use 563 kWh when the CPU is under load.  California law limits anything made after July 1 to 50, 60, or 70 kWH per year

According to Dell, its power-intensive Alienware consumes 63 kWH per year when idle, but can use 563 kWh when the CPU is under load. California law limits anything made after July 1 to 50, 60, or 70 kWH per year

And Tier II just launched last July 1, including Dell’s Alienware gaming system.

There is now a warning label under the gaming systems on Dell’s website that reads: ‘This product cannot be shipped to the states of California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont or Washington due to the power consumption regulations adopted by those states.

“All orders going to those states will be canceled.”

A spokesperson for the California Energy Commission (CEC) told The Register that staff were not aware of suppliers not shipping to California as a result of the entry into force of the Tier II requirements.

“This was driven by the CEC Tier 2 implementation that defined a mandatory energy efficiency standard for PCs, including desktops, AIOs and mobile gaming systems,” Dell said. Motherboard in an email.

“To be sold or offered for sale in California, manufacturers must test products in a CEC-approved lab and receive third-party certification.

‘After certification, manufacturers must submit their documentation and data to the CEC to be uploaded to the online [database].’

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