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Windows 7: Computer on 24/7 or off every night?

15 Apr 2009   #21

XP Pro SP3 x86/Vista SP2 x64/Win7 x64 Triple-boot

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mini-itx linux box perhaps? ^_^
I'm not experienced in the linux world but I will be playing with different flavours for the server. I've always ran Windows on all my pc's, I did try to install SUSE on an old box but it didn't agree with its hardware.

Back on topic.. I do like tree's tho until there's a new way of replenishing the environment!

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15 Apr 2009   #22

Windows 7 Professional x64

Who doesn't love trees, but I believe they are just fine regardless of my energy consumption.

And after I die, does it matter if there is trees
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15 Apr 2009   #23

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

Hi Nikkeli,

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

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And after I die, does it matter if there is trees
It will matter to me.

Hope you enjoy your stay.

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15 Apr 2009   #24
Joan Archer

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 10 64bit

I turn mine off every night, for one thing I'm on a key meter and have to keep it topped up, and the electric is more expensive this way plus I'm not taking the chance of the possibility of fire during the night or the damage that could be caused by storms.
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15 Apr 2009   #25

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I usually shut mine down every couple of nights. If I don't shut it down, I will turn off my monitors @ least.
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15 Apr 2009   #26

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

To clear things up.

If you have like 550W PSU that dosnt mean you use it all. Actually modern PC rigs scale near lineary between power consumption and work load.

You use lots of power when you hear the fans going fast. It means that CPU or GPU (or both) is working hard, is sweating and needs to cool itself down.

So idle PC (or simply downloading sth or other light background tasks. Someone wrote before about folding@home. It isnt light) will consume over half of energy less.
Things like intel speed step or amd cool n quiet help this.

In sleep mode the whole session image is dumped into RAM. And RAM needs power to keep thos 1/0 bits alive.

Default powered down standby mode will take around 5-10W (thats some basic things on motherboard and ethernet adapter if you have wake-on-lan etc.)
In sleep mode the RAM is also kept alive. Since modern RAM chips are very energy efficient (you can say that by low heat generated) I would say its another couple of watts.

Hibernation mode is nice. Your work is dumped to image on disk and disk powered down (since HDDs dont need power to keep data). Its almost the same as powering down and is slower then sleep mode but after hitting the pwr_btn you can start work where you left it.

For me it all dosnt matter since my hardware dosnt support hibernation and sleep mode kills my ethernet after wakeup and I need to restart the PC to revive it :P Need to get some NAS with basic OS on it so I would be able to DL large files with it.

Hope it helps. Rep me if it does :P

PS. For comparision. The power you need to operate modern PC in idle is enough to light up whole 2 story house with energy saving gas lightbulbs :>
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15 Apr 2009   #27

Vista H.P. SP1 x32 Seven RC x64

Since Win2k I use Hibernation each time stop my computer.

One day I took my calc and made some tests. The result : Over one year, turning off the computer each night represent an economy of 30% on my electriciy bill !!!

Why hibernate over S3 suspend to RAM ? Hibernation allow me to totally cut off power consumption at the source: I use an electrical plug with command for on/off ==> O watt.. while S3 still use some Watt for ... for what ? 2 sec for resuming against 10sec with hibernation.
By the way as I have a watercooling system, with a 220V waterpump, I can stop (and restart) the pump in the same time than the computer.

I use S3 sleep mode during the day when I go out for few minutes/hours...

Somtimes my computer don't sleep the night.. but it's because it have some work to do (3D rendering)
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15 Apr 2009   #28

Vista H.P. SP1 x32 Seven RC x64

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For me it all dosnt matter since my hardware dosnt support hibernation

What kind of hardware do you have for not supporting Hibernation ??

Hibernation is like a "software" sleep mode. And only some rare driver can have trouble with it... Most of recent hardware work well with hibernation
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15 Apr 2009   #29

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I didnt look wich deivce is blocking hibernation. I simply dont have the option by default and when i forced it via regedit the system would go to hibernation but wouldnt go up again. Tbh, It was on vista and I have not tried it on W7 :>
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15 Apr 2009   #30

Windows 7 Build 7229 x64

I hibernate my laptop whenever I'm not using it or downloading anything.

When I was using a desktop (don't have one right now) I always just turned the monitor off at night and it pretty much only went 'off' when it was resetting for an update.
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