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High-end gaming PCs are exempt from the CEC power regulations

Yesterday we reported that Dell had stopped shipping some of its Alienware PCs to California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington due to the machines falling outside of the energy requirements that have recently been imposed in those states. Somewhat confusingly, one particular model did pass muster, while others with almost the same specifications didn’t.

Popular hardware YouTuber JayZTwoCents has posted a video exploring what’s happening here, and predictably enough for anything to do with legislation, it’s not entirely straightforward. Essentially though, high-end gaming PCs will be exempt from these regulations and the regulations themselves are a bit weird, as they’re mostly concerned with looking at the power draw when the machine is idle. 

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