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Windows 7: How often do you power down?

View Poll Results: Do you power down your PC?
Yes on a daily basis. 42 46.15%
Only occasionally. 16 17.58%
Never. 17 18.68%
No but I use Sleep/Hybernate mode. 16 17.58%
Voters: 91. You may not vote on this poll

07 Jul 2010   #41
Cato

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noobvious View Post
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I pay attention to my ram usage. At first boot it's usually at about 19% at idle. When it gets to 30%+, I usually power down. Pretty much just a quirk that I've carried over from Windows 95.

I use sleep exclusively when away from it for any length of time. I also turn off the monitors because of the horror stores I've read about monitor files. I'd rather do something that may not be necessary than to wish I had.
If you close your open programs, activate sleep mode, and then wake up the computer, it will flush the RAM the same way.
I thought that was the way it should work, but I've noticed that mine usually stays at about the same % even after waking up.


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07 Jul 2010   #42
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
Have you added up what a couple $$ a day costs per month? Per year? You could buy an entirely new machine with just the energy savings of turning it off when not using it.

It actually doesn't even cost that much but the $10 a month or so it does cost is still worth considering. All for... saving 30 seconds on a boot?

Thing is, everything adds up. And things that are left on 24/7 add up FAST, being comparable to big things that only run for an hour or two a day (or week).
I don't leave it on to spare 30 seconds of boot time. At idle the power draw is completely insignificant. CPUs use EIST to lower power draw, HDDs use insignificant power draw at idle (compared to start up), video cards drop down to fractions of original clock speeds to lower power draw, power supplies are more and more energy efficient, monitors go into stand-by mode, etc.

One could argue the wear and tear of turning a system off and on every day. There's the power surge at initial power on, hard drives really spike, fans usually go full bore. There's the thermal expansion, etc. Of course none of that is entirely proven. Hard drives either die during initial power on or if they have poor circulation and cook. I have never seen a PSU die during use but I have seen them make a long buzz and loud bang when powering on.

I don't know, due to such "green" energy saving technology put into the PC these days there isn't really any valid support to turn them off.

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With Heavy usage, ALL DAY, and about 1000 watts of equip running (not max available, USED).. then maybe you will reach a couple dollars per day
Well, true. I'm going with worst case scenario. Not all states or countries charge the same for electricity.
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07 Jul 2010   #43
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Power in idle is still likely high unless you have some specifically low powered hardware, or have some very green hardware that is actually working well togeather. None of my machines have shown that level of idle power saving. At idle the power draw is probably still 100 watts or more (with 300 when playing a game normal).

I actually have a wall power meter at home which I use on the fish tanks (Talk about power hogs). I'll give it a whirl on my main machine tonight... It does have speed step on the i7 so I know that the power consumption is dropped from about 34 watts when playing games down to 8 at idle, but the rest of the system is pretty beefy and the GPU at idle sits at 60C so I know that's probably pulling some wattage, plus the memory MB, 15-20% PSU loss, etc, etc.
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07 Jul 2010   #44
gregrocker

 

I set Sleep for 30 and Hibernate for 60. That way if I walk away and come back it can wake up quickly, but if I don't want to come back it turns off the machine for me with all of my work saved.

My roommate insists on keeping the power on at all times, including on his monitor which just burned out after a year. It irritates all of us who split the power bill.
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07 Jul 2010   #45
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

It is always wise to turn off on ocassion. It is unwise to unplug a desktop. When plugged in a little bit of electricity flows through the circuits, keeping the settings etc. If you plug the plug, you are using the cmos battery, which will require replacement that much sooner; or worse die and your settings will be gone.
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07 Jul 2010   #46
MWRed

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I shut mine off every night(that is assuming that I have used it that day). I shut it off before I hit the bed, and it doesn't get turned back on until I get home from work the next day.
I only really use it at most, 4 or 5 hours in the evening.
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07 Jul 2010   #47
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
Power in idle is still likely high unless you have some specifically low powered hardware, or have some very green hardware that is actually working well togeather. None of my machines have shown that level of idle power saving. At idle the power draw is probably still 100 watts or more (with 300 when playing a game normal).
And 100 watts is equal to running a light bulb. It's really not that much.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I set Sleep for 30 and Hibernate for 60. That way if I walk away and come back it can wake up quickly, but if I don't want to come back it turns off the machine for me with all of my work saved.

My roommate insists on keeping the power on at all times, including on his monitor which just burned out after a year. It irritates all of us who split the power bill.
You sound like my former mother-in-law who, when I lived with her, insisted that I pay a higher percentage of the electric bill because I left my PC on 24/7. She was the one that would run the oven all day long, which burns up electricity like crazy. Then of course to counter the heat from the oven she would turn down the AC, which burned even more electricity.

A PC running 24/7 is chump change, honestly. Don't make a big deal about it.
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07 Jul 2010   #48
LFB

Windows7 Enterprise SP1 x64 (Technet)
 
 

I never shut down my machine...

Only for maintenance... like cleaning and hardware change... and I reboot 1 time at a week... and turn off the monitor wen I go to sleep...

Nowadays computers don't have the need for been power down...
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07 Jul 2010   #49
bassfisher6522

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Every night. Sleep mode during the day.
Same here for me.....never had a problem in doing so. In my case I use Asus software that combines hibernate/sleep-mode and a soft shutdown. I set it to turn everything off after 25 minutes of non use. It's a green thing for conserving power consumption.
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07 Jul 2010   #50
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

It depends, My PC runs for days on end. If its busy overnight and I think it will finish while im asleep then I set it to autoshutdown when its done. If Ram becomes an issue, then a sleep and wake will give a memory flush (drops to 21%
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