FIREBAT T8 Plus Mini PC Running Linux: Power Consumption

Electricity Costs

To calculate the cost per year we assume each machine is used 8 hours a day under light usage. A kWh is £0.245 (the current price cap from April 2024 in the UK).

FIREBAT T8 Plus N100 CPU11.9£8.51
Mini PC Intel NUC 13 Pro i7-1360P CPU16.5£11.80
Desktop PC Intel i5-12400 CPU (with dedicated graphics card)58.3£41.71
Desktop PC Intel i5-10400 CPU32.1£22.96
  • The annual cost is the electricity cost of the computer only. To calculate the overall running costs, you’ll need to factor in peripherals such as monitors, speakers, external devices etc.
  • Power management is enabled in the BIOS for the two desktop machines. The FIREBAT and NUC don’t offer this functionality.
  • The Balanced CPU governor is used. We find using the FIREBAT or NUC with the Power Saver CPU governor enabled greatly limits its usability in some basic tasks.

The next table shows the annual electricity cost with each machine headless running at idle. This information may be useful if you are thinking of using the machine say as a NAS server and want a baseline running cost. Again, we’ve pricing a kWh at £0.245 (the current price cap from April 2024 in the UK).

FIREBAT T8 Plus N100 CPU6.5£13.95
Mini PC Intel NUC 13 Pro i7-1360P CPU7.1£15.24
Desktop PC Intel i5-12400 CPU (with dedicated graphics card)38.5£82.63
Desktop PC Intel i5-10400 CPU16.8£36.06


A brief summary of the FIREBAT’s specifications.

ProcessorIntel N100
Turbo 3.40 GHz
4 E-Cores 4 threads
ChipsetIntel Alder Lake-N
Memory16GB DDR5 (4800 MHz)
GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics Xe 24EUs
Disk512GB Wicgtyp 2242 M.2 SSD

For reference, these are the specifications of the other machines featured in this article.

Intel NUC 13 Pro12th Gen Intel PC10th Gen Intel PC
ProcessorIntel Core i7-1360P
P-Core Turbo 5.00 GHz
E-Core Turbo 3.70 GHz
4 P-Cores 8 threads
8 E-Cores
Intel Core i5-12400F
2.50GHz (Turbo 4.4 GHz)
6 P-Cores 12 threads
Intel Core i5-10400
2.90GHz (Turbo 4.30GHz)
6 P-Cores 12 threads
ChipsetIntel Raptor Lake-PIntel Alder LakeIntel Comet Lake
Memory32GB DDR4 (3200 MHz)32GB DDR4 (3200 MHz)32GB DDR4 (2666 MHz)
GraphicsIntel Iris Xe Graphics G7Asus NVIDIA RTX 3060 TiIntel UHD Graphics 630
Disk2TB TEAMGROUP NVMe1TB Samsung 980 NVMe
2TB Crucial SSD
1TB Corsair MP400 NVMe

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Power Consumption With System Idle
Page 2 – Power Consumption With Light Usage
Page 3 – Power Consumption With CPU Stressed
Page 4 – Electricity Costs / Specifications

Complete list of articles in this series:

Part 1Introduction to the series with an interrogation of the system
Part 2Benchmarking the FIREBAT T8 Plus Mini PC
Part 3Testing the power consumption
Part 4Multimedia: Watching videos and listening to music
Part 5How does the FIREBAT fare as a gaming PC?
Part 6Windows Subsystem for Linux 2
Part 7Installing and Configuring EndeavourOS, an Arch-based distro
Part 8Installing and Configuring Rhino Linux, a rolling release Ubuntu-based distro
Part 9VirtualBox performance on the FIREBAT
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Alex O
Alex O
1 month ago

Under your light usage test, your results show the Firebat uses 11.9W. What’s your overall power consumption taking into account the 4K monitor and any other accessories used?