OS X Steam is a power hog

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

  1. christarp macrumors 6502


    Oct 29, 2013
    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


    Jun 7, 2012
    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


    Oct 29, 2013
    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


    Mar 26, 2004
    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.


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