Motherboard with power surge protection?
October 31, 2011 9:13am CST
I recently search a new motherboard to build a new PC. While searching for motherboard i find that latest asus motherboard have power surge protection. I'm wondering are there any other motherboard brand that have power surge protection? Do you think this feature really helps protect our PC from voltage fluctuation or it just a marketing things that really don't help anything when the voltage in our home is fluctuate?
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31 Oct 11
Well power surges can be troublesome causing data corruption or even damaging if there are wild swings in voltage or killer spikes caused by say a lightening storm. The more protection the better so this is good thing. Is it a marketing thing? Well, power supply issues should be handled by the power supply and if you have a good one you are covered already but I suppose it is very possible that there are some poor quality power supplies on the market. It could be compared to connecting up a surge protector to a surge protector that is connected to an electrical panel with expensive circuit protection breakers. Sounds a lot better than having just an out dated fuse panel with a copper penny in it doesn't?
31 Oct 11
Please take this only as an opinion, ok. Any brand of power supply that handles the pc needs (wattage demand) has surge protection built in as a function of the power supply. All that I am saying is by its nature this is what a power supply does it regulates power. I am finding that the specifications on power supplies is very ambiguous. The greatest concern is not to under rate but try to match a power supply capable of handling the power requirements of the computer (watts). Other than this, the only other consideration is quality of manufacture. A lot of people will take the precaution of using an additional strip type surge protector rather than plug the computer directly into the wall but then again these power strips vary in quality. After finding out how many watts your power supply should be, most likely the best bet is to go with a medium priced unit, not the cheapest unit unless you are in an area where fluctuations and surges are really an issue and want only the best. Same for the surge protector, generally they are not very expensive. As far as motherboards go, there are many other things to look at rather than just surge protection. Speed and processor type being used and of course pricing and warranty (where you purchase) but I am not saying these new boards are not good. Another consideration in doing these kind of things is of course enjoyment. I hope you have some fun with it surfer and learn new things in the process. Happy computing.
1 Nov 11
Thank's for your input Bluedoll... The reason i consider buying this (asus) motherboard is because even power supply is supposed to deal with the power fluctuation, in real life we often find people who is still experience hardware malfunction because of power surge. And i also consider other things like processor speed etc, it just that in this discussion i want to know more about power surge protection on motherboards and is there other brand that offer this feature in their motherboard.
31 Oct 11
The question is how much it is? AVR can do the same for a few bucks if this new motherboard is more affordable and can suffice the needs of specs then its ok but if not then its not a worth to buy. I have a trauma on Asus motherboard but maybe they somehow improve their tech and maybe my experience is just a distinct from anyone.