Posted 12 May 2009 - 12:54 PM
Testing using that method. "static testing" [Not static electricity , static meaning with no load, or at a "idle"] is OK to verify that it actually comes on & to get a ballpark figure on the output.
The only way to verify that a power supply truly isn't faulty is to test it under a load.
The average home user doesn't have the proper setup to do that.
A PSU is kind of like a car engine in one aspect.
At an idle it can "purr like a kitten" but buck,snort,back fire,miss,bog down.& stall under a load [acceleration].
Edited by fairjoeblue, 12 May 2009 - 01:38 PM.
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