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Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by macpro00, Feb 20, 2016.
curious to see what fellow community members do with their Mac Pro before he/she goes to bed.
oh wait.. sleep
ignore 1 'leaving it powered on'
It just stays on -- it's running linux and suspend doesn't work too well, the nouveau driver seems to have a kind of fit. Fortunately the cMP likes staying up, and it sucks a lot less power than the old Sun Ultra 60 used to...
I just put mine to sleep, same with all of my Macs.
I used to leave it on, but I moved most of its server functionality off to a NAS that stays on all the time. Now I usually shut it off. It doesn't stay asleep particularly well, and because I dual boot, I don't always know whic OS I'm going to want when I do come back.
Same here, I have my Synology clone handling all the stuff I used to keep my Mac Pro on for. It's far more power efficient. Now, I set it to go to sleep after a few minutes of inactivity. I also set the screensaver to come on quite aggressively to avoid IPS panel burn-in.
I leave it powered on but do put the display to sleep.
Mines at work so...
But all my computer's are set to sleep at 2am either via cron or Apple power management
Mac Pro is in the studio; it gets shutdown when I shut down for the night (or the morning!)
My laptop is on 24/7 and sleeping when not in use.
I have a related question... Which of the three options listed helps prolong the life of the power supply the most?
Probably "leave it on 24/7".
The power surges when it powers up are stressful on the PS and on the electronics. How many times has it happened to you (or you've heard) "I shut it down to move it, and it won't turn back on" or similar things?
Wouldn't letting it sleep alleviate that stress?
Sleep sends standby power to the RAM and NIC (and power switch). The main power supply circuits are off, and will surge when you power up.
The 12v circuits (the major power rails) are off during sleep.
Note: "...wake-up from sleep draws around 10-11 amps very very briefly..."
Aside from specific occasions all my Macs just sleep when I sleep/when they're not in use.
Thought that was only really a thing with plasma displays and modern LED-LCDs are very hard to burn in
What do you do with your MacPro before you go to sleep?
I read to it!
It can still happen. Here's a posting from Apple about the issue dated 2016:
Avoiding image persistence on Apple displays - Apple Support
I let mine sleep when it's not in use.
But that hasn't happened for over 10 years. So... it's powered on 24/7. And has been actively working that way for 10+ years.
It's always doing something.
The only times it's ever been turned off is to perform hardware upgrades, or when I've moved to another house.
It's been a great workhorse.
I mostly put it to sleep, sometimes I shutdown once a week or fortnight
Sometimes it depends how many unsaved text docs or other stuff I have opened - pain to save notes etc...
If I know I won't be using it for a while i.e. On Saturday when I'd be watching lots of premier league soccer I shut down.
Weirdos! I shut it down, i don't mind waiting 15-20 seconds for it to boot up each morning...
Obviously for me, it's a workstation and not a server.
PCIe audio cards stop sleep working and/or cause instability anyway
Right, ok. By the sound of it, it's only temporary though. Wasn't always that way with the plasma burn-ins.
I used to just sleep it. But I have an aux power supply for my GPU now so to avoid issues I power them both off when not needed.
I have personally seen it happen to the point where nothing would fix it.
Fair enough - bummer!
The CEO did it !