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Hey guys. I googled around looking for a certain program (not sure it's even possible or if it even exists) and couldn't find anything concrete. So I've come to my fellow experts for advice.

I was wondering if there is some sort of program that disables, or shuts off power to selectable devices in your PC. I know there are low power state modes in Windows 7 already, but enabling and disabling it daily isn't all that convenient. I also would like to be able to disable the video card (which is the bulk of PC energy usage).

Basically I want to be able to keep my server for minecraft running on my PC while I'm asleep but the rest of the computer in a sleep state. So just the CPU, RAM and 1 hard drive running (I have 5 hard drives).
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There is a gadget for switching power plans. It's called "Power Cheme", available through the default WIndows gadget gallery. Turning off the display (via Windows, not the button ) is similar to turning off the GPU. All GPUs switch to low power state, and when they are not used, they consume only a minimal amount of energy. You can use MSI Afterburner to further underclock/undervold (I've undervolted, it's a wonder!) to get more energy efficient. In the end, GPU power consumption will be next to 0.
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Every motherboard has utilities for that task.

Eg gigabite has 'Dynamic Energy Saver'.
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Every motherboard has utilities for that task.

Eg gigabite has 'Dynamic Energy Saver'.
Right, but that requires a bios modification and restart every time you want to change back and forth. It also doesn't allow for custom settings.


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There is a gadget for switching power plans. It's called "Power Cheme", available through the default WIndows gadget gallery. Turning off the display (via Windows, not the button ) is similar to turning off the GPU. All GPUs switch to low power state, and when they are not used, they consume only a minimal amount of energy. You can use MSI Afterburner to further underclock/undervold (I've undervolted, it's a wonder!) to get more energy efficient. In the end, GPU power consumption will be next to 0.
Not sure if the gadget you're referring to. How does the GPU know when it's not being used if the PC is still on? It's always sending information to the monitor, whether the monitor is on or not.
Edited by Backfat - 4/9/11 at 3:52pm
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Download Asus AI Suite from there website, and also download EPU! EPU you can adjust to Auto it drops my core speed to 800mhz when im doing hardly anything but back in a game it kicks it back up for me
http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_I...2YL&templete=2 go to download, Utilities, and then download AI suite 200mbs.
Edited by Socks keep you warm - 4/9/11 at 3:51pm
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Not sure if the gadget you're referring to. How does the GPU know when it's not being used if the PC is still on? It's always sending information to the monitor, whether the monitor is on or not.
No. If in the power options you enable Turn Off Monitor After, say, 2 minutes, after 2 min the monitor will say "No Signal" and turn itself off. Then the GPU is not working (although the fan still spins up, that's the only thing working on the GPU).

The gadget is called "Power Scheme", just go to Gadgets -> More online -> Gallery and search for it
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No. If in the power options you enable Turn Off Monitor After, say, 2 minutes, after 2 min the monitor will say "No Signal" and turn itself off. Then the GPU is not working (although the fan still spins up, that's the only thing working on the GPU).

The gadget is called "Power Scheme", just go to Gadgets -> More online -> Gallery and search for it
Just because it shuts the monitor off doesn't mean the GPU isn't outputting anything. It still gets warm. The monitor doesn't tell the GPU to stop outputting and processing graphics when it's off.


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Download Asus AI Suite from there website, and also download EPU! EPU you can adjust to Auto it drops my core speed to 800mhz when im doing hardly anything but back in a game it kicks it back up for me
http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_I...2YL&templete=2 go to download, Utilities, and then download AI suite 200mbs.
Thanks, this program is pretty nifty Now if only my GPU was compatible with the EPU.
Edited by Backfat - 4/10/11 at 9:20pm
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Just because it shuts the monitor off doesn't mean the GPU isn't outputting anything. It still gets warm. The monitor doesn't tell the GPU to stop outputting and processing graphics when it's off.
You got it the other way around. The GPU tells the monitor to shut off. It doesn't output anything, trust me. Set "Turn off monitor after:" to 2 minutes, and after 2 minutes your monitor will show "No Signal" and shut off.

That "No Signal" means, and is a proof that the GPU doesn't output anymore
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