what do you run your processor at - reduced, automatic, or highest?

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  1. macrumors 68000

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    on battery: reduced
    on AC: automatic

    just wondering what everyone runs their processors at? i used to run mine at reduced on battery and highest on AC, but just within the past few weeks, i asked myself "why do i need my processor running at highest, when i'm not really doing anything that is processor intensive anyway?" so i changed it to automatic on AC. my powerbook runs a LOT cooler.

    i only switch to highest if i need to encode mp3s or video. other than, automatic is GREAT for my web surfing, emailing, and IM's.
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    battery: reduced
    AC: auto

    Thats on my Thinkpad but I think you'll find that most people just do that aswell; or they would run both as auto.
     
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    Dagless

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    always highest. i dont really use my powerbook in battery mode anyways
     
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    mad jew

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    iMac G5 - highest. It's criminal not to.

    iBook G4 - automatic on adaptor and battery unless I want something done quickly and the iMac isn't around in which case I put it on Highest.
     
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    homerjward

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    10% higher (the advantage of running windows)
     
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    Bern

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    Battery: reduced
    A/C: highest
     
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    TDM21

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    Battery: Reduced
    AC: depends, Normally Highest, but if the fans are running a little loud, I will turn the settings to my custom option. I have it set to the sleep settings of Highest, but the Processing power to reduced. This will let the computer cool down and slow the fans down.
     
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    Battery: reduced
    A/C: highest
     
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    ITASOR

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    Battery: Reduced
    A/C: Highest
     
  10. macrumors regular

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    A/C- Highest
    UPS Backup- Reduced

    I've noticed when my PM G5 is set on Highest, the fans kick on at minimal speeds, instead of blasting to 100% and then back to 0% when on automatic. *shrug*
     
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    Artful Dodger

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    Both iMac and iBook at highest :D
    All though mad jew has the advantage...his also runs mad, so a bit faster than the rest of us :p
     
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    Battery: Reduced
    A/C: Automatic

    I'm probably just paranoid about extended heat giving my iBook an early death.
     
  13. macrumors member

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    Everytime i change mine to highest, it automatically changes itself to reduced again... I have an iMac G5. Do I have to disable any option in the system preferences to be able to do so?
     
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    mad jew

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    Ahhh... The advantages of being mad. :D
     
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    aussie_geek

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    PowerBook - reduced on battery and highest on AC power

    PowerMac G5 - highest always
     
  16. macrumors regular

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    How do you control that?
     
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    mad jew

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    In the System Preferences, go to Energy Saver and under the Options tab, there should be a drop down menu for Processor Performance. :)
     
  18. macrumors regular

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    Not there. I guess that comes in Tiger, I have the lowly panther
     
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    homerjward

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    it depends on your mac. if you have a g3 or a desktop g4 (at least all desktop g4's ive used) you wont have it. it's only implemented in the mobile g4s (ie ibook and powerbook) and g5s. i guess it's for power reasons in the 'books and heat reasons in the g5s :eek:
     
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    Chundles

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    It's only in portables and G5 Macs, so not in minis or eMacs. It was there in Panther on my iBook so if you have a portable but don't have the option then that's really weird.
     
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    eva01

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    Powerbook Battery: Lowest
    Powerbook Plugged in: Highest
    PowerMac: Highest
     
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    Artful Dodger

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    It should be....there is a ..try this, it's under the options;)
     

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    Ringo

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    Most G4 desktop computer dont have this option so that may be why :)

    Btw : iMac G5 alway on High WAY TO GO BABY :D
     
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    risc

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    iMac G5 :- Automatic
    Power Mac G5 :- Highest
    PowerBook G4 :- AC Highest | Battery Automatic
     
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    leekohler

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    Always on highest. I do dim my screen when I'm on battery power though. I still get almost 5 hours on my iBook.
     

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