Did a computer in 1950 consume a considerably more amount of energy than a computer in 2020?

8 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    The simple answer is yes they do consumed more than the current computers we do have then there was no laptop it wasn't even a desktop computer

  • Shadow
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    Well, considering that the average calculator has the equivalent processing power of the computers that aided in the launch of Apollo 11 in 1969, and that a calculator uses a coin battery, and that the computers in 1969 used several rooms worth of space, I think that their power consumption was a lot higher. Keeping in mind the cooling required as well, it was probably several 10's of KW's to power the computers.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    of course. they were the size of full rooms. don't you think they would?

    however, as people use them more nowadays than back then, and the value of a dollar is higher now, one might argue that more money is spent on them NOW than THEN.

  • 1 month ago

    Probably considerably more, they were room sized using vacuum tubes.  If you were to work out energy use by amount they could compute probably insanely huge compared to today.

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  • 1 month ago

    125 kilowatts for the Univac vs. .5 kilowatts for an average desktop today.  

  • 1 month ago

    First, computers were huge, filling large rooms. Also, memory on those computers were electric tubes (similar to tubes on old radios), so they consumed an enormous amount of electricity and required dedicated electric wiring. That was also true, even in the 1960s and 70s, as the size of the computers and their large electro-mechanical components continued to require extensive electrical setups.

  • 1 month ago

    Power vs what they could do - yes, thousands if not millions of times more.

    The first "Minicomputers" - only the size of filing cabinets - did not appear until the 60s.

    In the 50s, computers were "Mainframe" class, needing a whole large room for a machine with less processing power than a $1 single chip device today.

    This - all of it - is a 1951 mainframe computer:


    There are room- or building-size computers still, but the present ones are "Supercomputer" class, a million times or more faster than a typical home PC..

    This is a recent one - it uses over eight million watts of power:


  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Yea I believe so. Early computers were the size of entire rooms. Way different than today. 

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