What do you do with your Mac Pro? (Voting Poll)

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by macpro00, Feb 20, 2016.

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What do you do with your MacPro before you go to sleep?

  1. Shut down

    33.1%
  2. Put it to sleep

    38.1%
  3. Leaving it powered on

    28.8%
  1. macpro00 macrumors member

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    #1
    curious to see what fellow community members do with their Mac Pro before he/she goes to bed.
     
  2. flat five macrumors 603

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    #2
    oh wait.. sleep
    ignore 1 'leaving it powered on'
     
  3. kschendel macrumors 6502a

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    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...
     
  4. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000

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    #4
    I just put mine to sleep, same with all of my Macs.
     
  5. Shamgar macrumors regular

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    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.
     
  6. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    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.
     
  7. kaisdaddy macrumors member

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    I leave it powered on but do put the display to sleep.
     
  8. machenryr macrumors regular

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    Ditto.
     
  9. lowendlinux Contributor

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    Mines at work so...

    But all my computer's are set to sleep at 2am either via cron or Apple power management
     
  10. DPUser macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
  11. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    I have a related question... Which of the three options listed helps prolong the life of the power supply the most?
     
  12. AidenShaw, Feb 23, 2016
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    AidenShaw macrumors P6

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    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?
     
  13. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    Wouldn't letting it sleep alleviate that stress?
     
  14. AidenShaw, Feb 23, 2016
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    AidenShaw macrumors P6

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    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..."
     
  15. casperes1996 macrumors 65816

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    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
     
  16. OS6-OSX macrumors 6502a

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    What do you do with your MacPro before you go to sleep?

    I read to it! :p
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  17. pastrychef macrumors 601

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  18. flyinmac macrumors 68030

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    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.
     
  19. steveOooo macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
  20. Sharky II macrumors 6502a

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    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
     
  21. casperes1996 macrumors 65816

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    Right, ok. By the sound of it, it's only temporary though. Wasn't always that way with the plasma burn-ins.
     
  22. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020

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    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.
     
  23. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    I have personally seen it happen to the point where nothing would fix it.
     
  24. casperes1996 macrumors 65816

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    Fair enough - bummer!
     
  25. antonis macrumors 68000

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    The CEO did it !
     

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