Dell Stops Some US Gaming PC Shipments Due To New Energy Efficiency Rules

PC maker Dell has said it has stopped shipping some versions of its powerful gaming systems to California and five other states because the products fail to meet new energy efficiency standards.

The regulations affect “certain configurations” of its Alienware Aurora R10 and R12 gaming PCs, Dell said in a statement sent to Reuters on Tuesday evening.

Gaming PCs made by Dell and others use powerful chips for advanced graphics in video games. These components mean that gaming systems typically use a lot more electricity than the average computer.

Dell said it plans to have new models and configurations that “meet or exceed these regulations, in line with our long-term goal of fighting energy and emissions.”

He did not give details on why specific models did not meet energy standards, what he planned to change, and or when new models would be introduced.

The affected models contained graphics processing units from Advanced Micro Devices and Nvidia, as well as mainframe processors from AMD and Intel.

The Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 gaming desktop, which is among the affected products, costs $ 1,819.99 (around Rs. 1.3 lakhs), according to Dell’s website.

California’s tougher efficiency regulations for computers came into effect on July 1. The state said the new standards would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change and also lower consumers’ electricity bills.

Home computers and computer monitors account for up to 2.9% of electricity use in the most populous US state, according to a California report.

In addition to California, Dell will no longer ship products to customers in Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington State.

The California Energy Commission, which drafted the new standards, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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