Re: respecting leaving computers on, or not

Monte Single

I’m  no techy,  but that 500 watt power supply  is probably using very little power most of the time.


ON the other hand, my side by side fridge freezer probably  uses the most power  of all items in my condo.  Sometimes when I walk in front of the fridge in my bare feet, the floor is nicely warm.

As I do not have a  tv, the only other things in my home that use much power is the dryer, and oven.

P S,  I’m in a condo so  heat and hot water are provided centrally.


From: <> On Behalf Of Dave
Sent: August 27, 2020 7:13 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] respecting leaving computers on, or not


Speaking of Power Drain, I've been curious, what sort of Power does an I7 chip with a 500 watt power supply require? 


Which draws more, the Computer, or the refrigerator?


Grumpy Dave



On 8/27/2020 11:13 AM, Geoff Eden wrote:

Good afternoon, mechanical hard drives, you make a case! Not only is there a large current draw for startup, but you are essentially rolling on dry bearings for a few revolutions until their floating design puts the platter spindle airborne.


During boot up the head rack also gets a good workout.


I'm all SSD here, but my avarice kicks in when viewing the monthly electric bill. So I still turn my computers off, at least, most of the time.




From: Brian Vogel

Sent: Thursday, August 27, 2020 12:20 PM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] respecting leaving computers on, or not



          I don't think that most of us think of LEDs as "light bulbs" in the conventional sense, and you're 100% correct on the difference between them and incandescents, which is what was being referred to at the time that quotation was written.  True LED bulbs are a very recent thing as far as consumer lighting in traditional screw-in bulb form goes.

           Until and unless computers are all using SSDs, the biggest stress on HDDs is generally at boot time.  So computers do tend to "pop" when turned off and on far more often than when in continuous use.  Unfortunately, I still see that all the time.   Almost all of my service calls for dead machines are secondary to either power supply failure or HDD failure that comes when the owner tries to power up their machine.  There's no way of knowing whether the failure occurred during the previous power down, or the actual power up, but it's one of the two.

            The issue of power savings is a thing of its own, and does deserve consideration.

Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 2004, Build 19041  

Always remember that computers are just glorified light bulbs - they rarely fail in continuous use and usually go pop when turned off and on.

        ~ Technician with the username Computer Bloke, on

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