Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by +(ll.ll)+, Feb 23, 2007.
don't want my electric bills to go up so i'm wondering if leaving my PC on 24/7 is a good idea...
hell no its nt a good idea
turn the monitor off and turn on power saving modes and you won't notice a change in your bill
yeah, i'm gonna turn my monitor off. however, i don't think i can do the power saving mode thing because i want some apps that will run for 24/7...
Friend of mine calculated his to be about 30-50 cents per PC per day.
Don't forget to stick a good UPS on that machine.
I've heard time and again that computers last longer if you leave them on constantly. After managing a set of always-on workstations for a while now, I'm confident that the extra wear and tear from being on 24 hours a day instead of 6 (or however long you use your machine) will far, FAR outstrip the extra wear and tear from turning the machine off and on. After seeing the kinds of failures I have, I'll never leave my PC on constantly.
Pounds of CO2 would be a better measurement. I guarantee it costs less in carbon, in time, and in money to reach down and hit the power switch once in the morning and again in the evening.
I leave mine on 24/7. Never really affected my bill.
i used to leave mine on all the time, but now that i have a macbook, i really use the desktop anymore
i just changed the fan on my heatsink that was about a year and a half old. holy shit, talk about dust buildup. i ended up washing it out in the sink and lettng it dry overnight
i figure if you have your disks spindown after a few minutes and have it turn off your display also, you'll use less electricity. if you have it go into suspend and it turns off your fans, your saving even more
the easiest way is to just put it in hibernation, because booting only takes like 8 seconds
for you maybe
takes a good minute at least for mine to boot - assload of BIOS crap loads (ata card, raid card, etc etc), and then once it gets to the point to login, another full minute or so for apps to load
i'll just leave mine running 24/7 thanks, and turn off the monitor
I read an interview from a guy at Maxtor, and the guy was saying that
their hard drives were tested for something like 100,000 cycles of being
turned on and off.
Hibernation is not the same as a cold start. Hibernation essentially snapshots the current tasks, saves them to disk and then on a restart, loads that 1 gig file back into memory. Some devices don't like hibernation but most do.
i've had my desktop since ~2002 and have always left it on 24/7. i don't use it as my main computer anymore, but it's hooked up to the tv as a media center and still always on 24/7. still haven't had any problems with it
Oh and none of the workstations in a VERY dusty environment (concrete plant) have died by being on 24/7.
I leave mine on 24/7. Never had a problem
To me, the question depends on one thing.
Does the computer need to be on 24/7?
If not, then turn it off. Simple.
I've left mine on 24/7 since I got my first comp and have never had any problems. I always run torrents overnight anyways so I wouldn't want to turn it off.
Power is negligable also, I'd probably save like $10 a month turning off my comp every night and it more than makes up in all the free stuff u can download >_>
I have 5+ pc's on 24/7, never had hardware failures that I can directly relate to their being always on, yes it does have an impact on power consumption and heat. It goes without saying you should condition the power and have a UPS if your shit is important.
My Core 2 Duo @ 3.5GHz takes about 200W on idle. That is about $1.50 a week if left on.
apc utility says 176w, that's for the pc/modem/router/2 usb drives/2 usb hubs/scanner on standby, another of the same battery takes care of the monitor
no not too much electricity but you gotta keep the room cold so the computer stays sharp. but then... ur ac bills would go way high
sweet, thanks for all the replies! i was worried it'd consume a lot of electricity if i leave it on 24/7.
sounds like there's nothing to worry about...
You're being very contrarian today. Is the eco-guilt of running your equipment constantly getting to you, or something?
Hibernation is a great approach to having a fast bootup time, especially on an older machine, so long as it's stable enough that you don't need to reboot it constantly. My old laptop hasn't been rebooted in three weeks; I just keep hibernating it, and when I want to use it again I turn it on and it's ready to go in less than 1/3 the time it would take to boot up.
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Anyway, I agree that Maxrot drives aren't very good; I've had the best luck with Seagates and Fujitsus.
EDIT: Heh...nice little typo I did there...