you turn off your mac pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by umbilical, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. umbilical macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2008
    hi, simple poll... I turn off my mac pro every night... wake up every morning, if I let always turn on can be get some problem? basically the questions is how much time is recommendable use the mac pro without turn off? :confused:

  2. camomac macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2005
    Left Coast
    i never turn my computers off. (G5, and G4 QS).

    it was explained to me like this, true or not-
    turning on/off the computer is like bending a paper clip back and forth,
    after a while the circuits get hot and brittle and can break easier.
  3. ThirteenXIII macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2008
    mine usually runs 24/7, doesnt effect energy consumption much either way.
    I believe the PSU is capable of handling the long usage, i mean the system is practically server grade' meaning always on mode - and its more than capable of handling that.

    the fact that it draws more energy on every power on and cold boots, unless theyre infrequent cause heavy impedence on the system ... though theyre able to handle it otherwise it would be clearly noted "DO NOT TURN MACHINE OFF/ON EVERY SO OFTEN ETC ETC"

    the technology is so advanced now, its safe to leave them running.
    you may benefit from just putting it into sleep mode then pressing a key to wake it up, generally gives the hardware and circuitry a flux power draw and doesnt stress it too much.
  4. Mr.PS macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2008
    I never turn mine off. It's been running 24/7 since I got it.
  5. scottydawg macrumors 6502


    Jan 22, 2008
    Sacramento, CA
    Because I have the Apple RAID card my MP won't sleep so I do turn it off if I am not going to be using it for more then a few hours.
  6. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    Damn RAID! Causes bugs rather than kills them. ;) :p
  7. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020


    Jul 21, 2004
    I only power it off if I'll be away from it for more than a day or two. Otherwise I just sleep it every night.
  8. costabunny macrumors 68020


    May 15, 2008
  9. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    You forgot?!? That's what happens when you don't use it. :D :p
  10. irishgrizzly macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2006
    I turn it off at night. I notice it works better after a reboot.
  11. Sandock macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2006
    Calgary, Canada
    I used to just put it to sleep overnight, but I experienced some issues with OSX dumping the tablet driver on wake up, causing it to crash. I have regularly turned it off at night ever since.
  12. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    I turn it off when I leave for work at night. It seems I don't use it for much anyways other then seti@home and iTunes music and video storage.
  13. Dark Dragoon macrumors 6502a

    Dark Dragoon

    Jul 28, 2006
    If it's going to be idle during the night I suspend (same when I go to work), it wakes up at 8am. It's only ever switched off if I need to move it, or if I'm going to be away for a few days.

    Sometimes I have my Mac Pro running 24/7 for a few months at a time with high processor usage. Mostly doing batch video conversions.
  14. remmy macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2007
    Off at night, I guess I don't want it accidentally waking at night, and waking me up at the same time.
  15. kahine macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2008
    The off/on thing being bad/good really went away by the late 90's - before that you could make a case for the circuit cooling/heating thing was bad over time , but honestly I've probably been around over a hundred thousand workstations and servers ranging from Dell to IBM to crap whiteboxes between all our clients and it really makes no difference now

    Some turn their machines off every night and theres really zero difference in fail rate than those who leave them on all 24/7 - its more of a power saving issue and personal preference nowadays , if you look at articles in the past several years most all will tell you its not going to make much of a difference as to being good/bad for your computer anymore
  16. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
  17. Darwin macrumors 65816


    Jun 2, 2003
    round the corner
    Usually have it running all day, except when I go out for the day or when I go to sleep.
  18. macenforcer macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2004
    Turn mine off. When I put it to sleep I always come back to a woke up mac. It does not stay asleep. Too busy to troubleshoot.
  19. gibbz macrumors 68030

    May 31, 2007
    I often run a high-resolution weather model that can take 2 weeks - month to complete a run. So.... no turning off for me usually.
  20. kgarner macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2004
    What is this "off" you speak of. I haven't turned off a machine of mine in years. I just let it go to sleep and be done with it. I will turn them off if I am going to be gone for a few days but that is about the only time.
  21. umbilical thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2008
    its a shame that can works the modem connection and put sleep... you know for put sleep in night and let torrents downloading...
  22. Celeron macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2004
    I find it really shocking that so many people don't turn their machines off. What a waste of electricity. The Mac Pro uses at least 200 watts just sitting there idle. Would you leave a 200 watt light bulb on 24 / 7 for no reason? That just doesn't make good sense.

    I've got my set to sleep at 15 minutes, and I always sleep it manually if I'm going to step away for a while.
  23. Standard macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2008
    I only turn mine off when I reboot for updates, does that count? :D
  24. m1stake macrumors 68000

    Jan 17, 2008
    It's not like energy is expensive or anything.
  25. UltraNEO* macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2007
    I restart it after patching, otherwise it's on all the time!
    Similarly the MBP is always on too!

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