OS X Steam is a power hog

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by christarp, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. christarp macrumors 6502

    christarp

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    I've installed steam because I regularly hang out in a chat room and like to play some of my games obviously, now I understand battery life isn't gonna be astounding when playing a game, but even idling in a chat room steam is using a LOT of power.

    Picture here of the energy impact: http://i.imgur.com/4cDhKUR.png

    Is there any way I can alleviate some of this? Is it something in particular steam is doing that is causing it to consume so much power? I can't believe a chat window in an otherwise idling client is causing so much power drain. Any ideas?
     
  2. SingularityG macrumors 6502

    SingularityG

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    Strange. I just checked it on my system and when I have Steam up & downloading an update, the energy impact doesn't go over 25.

    When I minimise Steam, the energy impact lowers to ~0.6.

    Also, in the Activity Monitor, I have Steam listed as bash/Steam, not just Steam.

    What Mac do you have?
     
  3. christarp thread starter macrumors 6502

    christarp

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    13" Retina macbook pro, Late 2013.

    Dunno what's wrong really. There's nothing happening right now, I figured it might be steam cycling through the store page but I tried going into small mode so it's just a list of my games and that hasn't helped.
     
  4. edddeduck macrumors 68020

    edddeduck

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    Mine sits at around 8% if I close game window (not shrunken down) that drops to around 4% iChat is usually around 2 to 3% on my Mac.

    Edwin
     

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