Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 15 August 2002
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From: Mark Ross For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: PC Power Ever since I've had broadband, about 5 or 6 years now, I have been leaving my computer powered on 24x7. The PC powers down the monitor after a period of time but that is the only power saving option enabled in my main system. My other system stays on 24x7 as well but I have it configured to sleep after a given period of inactivity. And you've already pointed out the reason - it's easier on the hardware if you leave it on all the time. It also happens to be very convenient to just sit down and start using the PC without waiting for the boot-up sequence to complete... From: julian stone For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Advice on Hardware I've been in business for many years now and firmly believe that gear lasts longer when left to run continuously. My Dell Workstation (Fast video drives x 4, stacks of ram, NT, etc) has just been placed into a planned retirement after 5 years hard use. As I was a bit of a workaholic, and constantly rendering huge files, the machine was almost permanantly on. I think it was restarted once or twice a month, and that was more to clear the memory than give it a rest. I never lost a drive, never fried memory and never lost a power supply. Kinda reminds me of the reliability of an old Anglia I used to have. I do suggest being proactive with computer care and adding an extra fan or two internally or using a larger case (better ventilation), but most of all, try not to let your hairy animals lie sleeping next to the fan vents on the back... Julian - www.go-fx.com From: Charlie Callcut For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: To switch off or not to switch off? I used to switch off just my monitor and leave the CPU running for exactly the reasons that Bruce outlines in Thursday's article. I use the PC every day, often morning & night but I was surprised when I started switching off the whole kit & kaboodle (can't remember why I started to do so) how much the power bill changed. The monitor draws the most power, but the CPU adds up in the end, so I've continued to switch off every day, and no problems so far. Heat has the effect of hardening components and insulation due to the slow-bake effect, and three years is a lot of baking. Maybe it just broke when it cooled down. From: Chris For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: hard wearing hardware I generally leave my main workstation powered on 24/7 and only turn the monitor off, however as someone else has already commented, power consumption is higher. Since I've moved back home, I'm amazed at how much higher my power bill has been, and seeing as I use fires for heating, and energy efficient light bulbs, the only thing I can attribute the massive rise in power consumption to is the PCs I have running. I am generally tending to switch off additional machines if they're not needed. I'm also starting to take a close look at CPU efficiency and power consumption. I'm needing to upgrade my main workstation sometime in the near future, but for what I do, I certainly don't need some 2GHz + behemoth, and I'm likely to be checking out energy benchmarks just as much as performance ones before I decide what to put in my new boxHit Reload For Latest Comments
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