How can you tell if a workstation is energy star?

August 28, 2014 at 18:16:27
Specs: Windows 7, 32
how can you tell if a workstation is energy star? I bought a workstation. It is supposed to be an energy star workstation. How can I find out? There is not energy star sticker and it has nothing at start up that shows it is an energy star workstation.
Is there some place I can look to see if it is?

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#1
August 28, 2014 at 19:22:49
Look at the monitor during post, sometimes they will have the Energy Star logo in the upper corner during the boot up sequence.

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#2
August 28, 2014 at 19:56:14
If it's a newer one:

http://downloads.energystar.gov/bi/...

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#3
August 28, 2014 at 20:30:37
No, it does not. Here is the system summary:
OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name DC-WORKSTATION
System Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard
System Model HP Z420 Workstation
System Type x64-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-1650 v2 @ 3.50GHz, 3501 Mhz, 6 Core(s), 12 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Hewlett-Packard J61 v03.69, 3/25/2014
SMBIOS Version 2.7
Windows Directory C:\windows
System Directory C:\windows\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.1.7601.17514"
User Name dc-workstation\dc
Time Zone Pacific Daylight Time
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 32.0 GB
Total Physical Memory 31.9 GB
Available Physical Memory 29.3 GB
Total Virtual Memory 63.8 GB
Available Virtual Memory 60.0 GB
Page File Space 31.9 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

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#4
August 28, 2014 at 20:34:15
I want to thank you all for responding to my question. I forgot the thank the first person, but I really do appreciate your input.

The Z420 is listed, but it has a different processor. My workstation is a Z420 but it has
Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-1650 v2 @ 3.50GHz, 3501 Mhz, 6 Core(s), 12 Logical Processor(s)
Would the different processor make a difference. I called HP and they said all z420 workstations were energy star, but if that were true, why would they offer one with energy star and one without on their configuration page? If they were all energy star, they would not need the one without. So I had a hard time believing them. I have never bought anything that was energy compliant that never had a sticker or something.
I posted my system summary on the other reply.
I want an energy star. I have COPD so I really care about our environment, plus I want to save electricity because my computer stays on all the time.

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#5
August 28, 2014 at 21:19:18
First, a company with a strong reputation to protect like HP should be only telling you the truth about this, though sales staff or support staff might nt have all of the information.
Second, A computer that fully complies and is certified as Energy Star (and it costs them to get it certified) would have the sticker on it.
Third, If it is certified with one processor but you chose an optional upgrade on the processor, it technically would not be certified unless HP also paid for the certification on that oe as well.
Fourth, If the upgraded processor is more powerful or has more cores, it might draw slightly more current than the base processor and therefore not actually qualify for the rating. However, if the processor is in the same family and is the same 'generation' (not older), I doubt very much that the difference in draw, especially at idle would be significantly different.
In other words, a better processor of the same or newer generation, and Intel, would use nearly the same amount of energy most of the time and only more energy if/when it is under significant load when you really need the additional computing power (which is probably why you chose the upgrade in the first place).
In summary, worry a little less, enjoy the machine, and maybe tweak the energy settings a little bit or use hybrid sleep when you will be not using it for a while like during lunch and assorted meetings so you can feel less guilty.

Edit: I just double checked and here is the official answer on the three version and what the Energy Star version contains and the product ID on each of them:
http://shopping1.hp.com/is-bin/INTE...

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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#6
August 29, 2014 at 04:28:56
Thanks for your response. I bought this because when I graduate from college, I plan to be doing some fairly complex graphics. This one has 32 GB of RAM, A Nvidia Quadro K4000 3 GB graphics card, and two solid state drives. I was supposed to have gotten the LJ449AV-3, but it does not say that anywhere on it. It has LJ449AV on it which is the one that is not an energy star.
I did upgrade the processor and the RAM from the standard one they show on this page: http://h71016.www7.hp.com/dstore/ct...

I too thought there should be a sticker. When I ask them about it they said they would send me a sticker. They did send me one, but it is was gray and I believe that the energy star stickers are blue. Besides, sending me a sticker does not make it an energy star computer, right?
The understanding I got was that it should show for about 5 seconds on the startup screen, but it does not, and it has no sticker.

Looks like they would do something to the system info to let one know they have an energy star workstation.

It was odd seeing what you had at the bottom of your page. I think it was yours anyway; it may have been someone else's. I am talking about the "You have to be a little bit crazy to keep from going insane." I wrote a song back when I was about 16 and madly in love. It was titled, "Trying to keep from going crazy is driving me insane." Is that not weird.

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#7
August 29, 2014 at 06:04:13
Do you have OCD along with COPD?

Fingers summed it up nicely - "worry a little less, enjoy the machine, and maybe tweak the energy settings a little bit or use hybrid sleep when you will be not using it for a while like during lunch and assorted meetings so you can feel less guilty"

And to add to the above, how about turning it off when you're not using it for extended periods? Like when you're asleep or at school?


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#8
August 29, 2014 at 12:21:34
I use it for school. I am disabled and cannot breathe outside air, so I do everything from my computer. I fall asleep in front of it every night, but I will see if I can set the settings differently to eliminate some of my worries.
I appreciate your input.
I do not know if that was meant literally or as a joke, but yes, I do have OCD. That is a bummer too because now I am too old to be that way. You want everything perfect, and you are not able to keep it that way. I just have to lay and look at things that are not the way I would do them if could, and wish I could just get up and do it.
I have been OCD all my life, I have only had COPD about 20 years. You may have thought because I said something about college that I am young, but I a am not. I am 67 and trying to learn a trade to get me off SS; hence, the reason for college.
I intend to enjoy my workstation. As far as tweaking it, I would probably really mess it up if I changed much. I will change the sleep times and that is about it.
Thanks for responding.

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#9
August 29, 2014 at 21:16:46
Since the monitor draws quite a bit, I would set it to go into energy saving stand by in about 10 minutes of inactivity. Then I would set the system to sleep after 20 minutes. I would recommend setting the hard drives shut down to 'Never' since that sometimes causes issues in waking from sleep and sleep state will power them down anyway (plus SSD's draw very little anyway). If you do have a large hard drive for storage or plan to add one, get the WD Green series for storage since they have a low energy rest stage when not in use (not as good for a primary drive, but for storage, they are a good move for you). Remember also that you can manually enter sleep whenever you want and shut down is not an issue with SSD's since the start up time is so short.
I style myself as a realistic perfectionist. While I have a need to do things perfect, I understand that this is not always achieved and I accept the best possible. Further, I do not quite hold others up to the standards I hold for myself. Something to try for.
The saying has been my favorite for many years, I am a couple of years shy of 60 but have held onto that thought for more than 50 of those years. You are however only as old as you feel so that puts me a little shy of 30.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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