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Risks of Lack of OCP?

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I was reading some of this thread...

http://www.overclock.net/power-suppl...-supplies.html

...and rather than another off topic discussion, I'll do it here.

It was brought up in a few posts about lack of OCP being potentially dangerous, namely on PSUs with a higher capable wattage output.

Can anyone explain this? I think I have read about this before but it's failing me. Does my PSU have OCP? It's single rail. Is this a huge risk? I've read alot on the tired old single versus multiple +12V rail argument, but is multiple +12V rails a better idea at higher wattages?
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Great write up by Phaedrus2129 on single vs multi rail which should answer all your questions on the topic, it's very well written [and comical] - http://www.overclock.net/power-suppl...explained.html

For OCP, in my opinion its a good thing to have as it prevents any risk of damaging components (i.e. frying a motherboard, cpu, gpu, etc.) - although if you're using far less than the recommended amount on the PSU then you could probably get away with one without it, though I recommend having as many safety features as possible.
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OCP is over current protection, basically it prevents youor PC from being over powered. (Imagine taking a chip and forcing it 60 amps at 12V, it isnt pretty)
It is definitely important and can definitely save hardware if said example were to occur, by preventing that situation. I believe your PSU does have OCP. Single rail is fine as far as OCP is concerned
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I'll make a post when I get to a computer; on my phone atm. I can clear things up for you though.
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