Originally Posted by Scorpion49
ESD is a big deal. Most people completely disregard it. I work with sensitive military equipment that costs in the six to seven figure range and always have to wear my strap, no signal generating devices/electronics withing 24 inches, etc etc. Yes, I've seen things get killed just by someone touching it with their hands and no ground.
I'd venture a guess that 50% of supposedly DOA components that people whine about are their own fault from shuffling across the carpet to pick up a brand new GPU or motherboard.
Completely Disagree... on some of this.
I work with multi thousand to multi million dollar equipment every day, its my job as a CCNP. I will say they are vulnerable but by no means will I say that its a huge concern. Where as we do require people to wear these straps in case of the rare chance this would happen.
As for the DOAs. Not even close to 50% to this. I am far more inclined to believe that these are pieces damaged in shipping or just down right ignorance on the installers part. Not ES damage in general.
There are important things to note. It takes no time to ground yourself properly to avoid the issue anyhow so why not? But are you going to kill your chip outright just because your unprotected at any time you touch it? Nope. Just do not mess with contact points for power and data and generally you will be just fine with wise handling.