Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Dec 2005 23:07 UTC, submitted by Valour
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Over the past several years of computer hardware engineering, raw speed has been the primary goal of hardware manufacturers. This has traditionally come at the expense of power consumption, which has skyrocketed since the first days of the x86-compatible home PC. Just how much electricity does a computer and its related devices use? Are there disadvantages to turning everything off when you're done? This article will give you an insight into computer power usage."
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RE: 'Thermal stresses'
by ecko on Fri 30th Dec 2005 20:48 UTC in reply to "'Thermal stresses'"
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Umm...I don't know about the freezing cds thing but changing the temperature of anything rapidly and repeatedly is bound to shorten it's lifespan. Aruge you it all you want but any mechanical engineer would shoot you down and probably explain it better than I can.

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RE[2]: 'Thermal stresses'
by AdamW on Fri 30th Dec 2005 21:29 in reply to "RE: 'Thermal stresses'"
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Turning a PC off certainly doesn't count as changing the temperature "rapidly". It's not like you threw it in a freezer. Everything will just cool down to room temperature very gradually.

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