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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   #51
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Ok, some numbers!

This is the measured power consumption for my computer only (Well + mouse and KB). Does not include the monitors or delta IO breakout box, studio monitors or anything else.

Power off but plugged in: 4 Watts
Powered on, idle at desktop, nothing running: 235 watts
Doing things (Opening/closing programs, draging things around etc): 250-280 Watts
Running 3d Game: 355 Watts (Will vary by game)
Running Prime95: 365 Watts (Full CPU load, sililar to running folding at home or other 24/7 cpu loading program)
Running FurMark: 485-510 Watts (Full CPU and GPU load)
Sleep: 7 Watts

Leaving this machine on (not sleeping) 24/7 would cost me 235Watts * 24 * 30 = 169kWhr
Now on our tiered rate, if you turned just the computer off that means you would save on your top tier so that is about $0.28/kWhr = $47 a month! Running folding at home would cost me $74 a month.

SO there... Actually saving 100 or 200 watts a month on 24/7 in a tired system can save you mucho dinero. If on the other hand that computer was the only thing in the house using electricity the savings may be much less. at 10c it's "only" $16 a month. But stull, what a waste of power and money.

If your computer CAN survive repeated sleeps (Sadly so many desktops cannot), then that is by far better than leaving it on. But if you can't really... "Turn off the computer when you leave the room"


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07 Jul 2010   #52
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
Ok, some numbers!

This is the measured power consumption for my computer only (Well + mouse and KB). Does not include the monitors or delta IO breakout box, studio monitors or anything else.

Power off but plugged in: 4 Watts
Powered on, idle at desktop, nothing running: 235 watts
Doing things (Opening/closing programs, draging things around etc): 250-280 Watts
Running 3d Game: 355 Watts (Will vary by game)
Running Prime95: 365 Watts (Full CPU load, sililar to running folding at home or other 24/7 cpu loading program)
Running FurMark: 485-510 Watts (Full CPU and GPU load)
Sleep: 7 Watts

Leaving this machine on (not sleeping) 24/7 would cost me 235Watts * 24 * 30 = 169kWhr
Now on our tiered rate, if you turned just the computer off that means you would save on your top tier so that is about $0.28/kWhr = $47 a month! Running folding at home would cost me $74 a month.

SO there... Actually saving 100 or 200 watts a month on 24/7 in a tired system can save you mucho dinero. If on the other hand that computer was the only thing in the house using electricity the savings may be much less. at 10c it's "only" $16 a month. But stull, what a waste of power and money.

If your computer CAN survive repeated sleeps (Sadly so many desktops cannot), then that is by far better than leaving it on. But if you can't really... "Turn off the computer when you leave the room"
Wow, you pay $0.28/kWhr? That's crazy.

I pay $0.125/kWhr here in Columbus, Ohio. Say my rig uses 150W at idle (from various Radeon HD 5850 reviews on the web). Do the math and that is 108kWhr to run it 24/7. So it's $13.50 per month or $0.45 per day. That's chump change really.
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07 Jul 2010   #53
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

My current top teir is 19c electricity + 9 c "distribution" so 28c/kWhr

The lowest tier is 6-7 cents or so, but you use that up with house lighting alone :/

This is why an all electric car in Ca make no sense at all. The cost to "fill" it nightly will be astronomical. It is with great irony that the new "Tesla" car company is setting up shop in the most expensive electrical market in the nation.
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08 Jul 2010   #54
bilzmale

Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for all the posts - turned into an interesting thread. TVeblen and gregrocker - thanks for your suggestions. I am doing a rebuild soon (new mobo, psu, sound, extra hdd, more RAM and upgrade to 64 bit so will check how it runs then.
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08 Jul 2010   #55
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I never turn Prometheus off, because:
  1. She is constantly busy with downloads
  2. She is the file server for my Mede8er media center in the lounge
  3. I minimize wear and tear from constant on/off operations
I entered "Never" on the poll, because "Occasionally" doesn't fit the times when prometheus is turned off, which is usually only done with extreme weather (and lightning storms can get BAD here in South Africa), but this is rare, as I have a pretty powerfull UPS/Surge Protector keeping her company.

I last turned her off I think sometime in March, when I replaced her motherboard.
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08 Jul 2010   #56
dmillergv

Win 7 Home X86 on 2 machines X64 on 3 machines WHS V1 on 1 machine
 
 

Windows Home Server, scheduled shutdown at 10 PM.
Power up WHS in the AM.
All other machines are shutdown when not in use.
If a machine is off for several days, WHS does a backup
as soon as possible when turned on.
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08 Jul 2010   #57
Topi

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I shutdown my main computer every night and open it again in morning. I would love to use the sleep mode but the blinking blue power light is so annoying specially when you are trying to sleep.

When I wake up first thing is to power up my PC then go to kitchen to make some coffee
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08 Jul 2010   #58
dood

Win7/XP
 
 

I have 7 machines running 24x7... (3 on a dual xeon ESX box)
So...my answer is NEVER.

The only drawback is that I end up replacing a couple or P/S's every year.
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11 Jul 2010   #59
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I turn mine off only when I am gone for more than a day. I use the sleep mode overnight except for two nights when things are scheduled.
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11 Jul 2010   #60
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709
 
 

I shut my computer down when not in use and also turn the power off at my surge protector. I replace my cmos battery about every 2 years or so. Now that's chump change.
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