Originally Posted by larymoencurly
Those $0.50 MOV surge protectors aren't junk and are found in even the highest quality surge protector strips; it's just that MOVs are produced in such huge quantities that they don't cost much.
I didn't quote any sources with mistakes in them, but you did, and you still haven't explained the error your source made about the voltage threshhold of series circuit design surge protectors, so what is that voltage?
If most electronics can't handle 330V surges, why is that the surge threshhold that most retail 120VAC surge protectors aim for? That 330V isn't regular continuous 60 Hz sine wave 330V but surges, and apparently the UL surge test uses pulses of about 28 uS in length (actually takes 8 uS to reach peak voltage, which then lasts 20 uS). What kind of 330VAC were you thinking of? Even lowly digital chips meant to operate from 1V - 5V DC are designed to withstand static surges of at least 1,000V (3,000V used to be the minimum), so why is just 330V ridiculous?
Originally Posted by looniam
LOL. you posted a quote with no verification. if there are mistakes it would not be known unless the source of the opinion is read. take a step back and ponder this:
if someone told you cpu A was better/as good in gaming/video encoding than cpu B because of testing done; would just foolishly accept that conclusion w/o seeing what testing and under what conditions the testing was done?
so you post an opinion
without citing the source? and in the meantime try to ridicule an article based on a standard not related to the discussion? and if you haven't gotten it already; i am not going to play your "how much/what do you know game." the actual clamping voltage can easily be found than the general details
covered in the article.
oh? WOW! pretty bold statement and entirely incorrect. seriously, any error i may have made would be on the side of caution, yours would just out and out cause harm.
say bye bye to your credibility and this discussion with that can of worms.
I don't remember if the IEEE or Eaton corp. documents I cited giving the actual waveform of that 8uS/20uS surge pulse, but its use is required to certify that a product meets UL's 1449 surge protection standard. What errors are in those documents, unlike the error in the How Stuff Works article you posted, which said series circuit design surge supressors detect when high voltage is present? For the 4th time, what is the typical threshhold voltage for series circuit design surge supressors? Are you trying to keep your answer a secret? Or do you know of a series circuit design surge supressor that isn't an inductor or fuse?
I assumed CPU degradation meant partial damage that prevented operation at full speed or with as much overclocking, not outright failure of the whole CPU or one of its cores. Because that's not clear, I'll admit that CPUs can be damaged by something other than static zaps or external heat, such as shorts on the motherboard or voltage regulator failure.
By far the most common industry standard for power strip supressors is UL 1449. It's not like CPUs, where there's not a single benchmark that everybody agrees
is THE measurement for performance, except maybe for supercomputers.
I didn't just cite an out-of-thin-air opinion that the maximum surge voltage most electronics can withstand is higher than the 330V minimum surge threshhold for UL1440, but I also mentioned industry standards of 1,000V - 3,000V. 3,000V used to be the minimum standard.