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Cardboard test bench

moocow

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I got an old i7 2600k system that I want to test out and take pictures before selling it. Since I'm out of cases, how safe is it to place the board and PSU on a piece of cardboard or lid of a Rubbermaid large bin for testing? In theory I think it's ok since the board isn't touching anything metal. Thoughts?
 

Izerous

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Tested so many motherboards just on the box theu came from over the years.
 

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Rubbermaid large bin
Usually those things are full of static...

Right on your desk should be fine too, assuming its wood or glass. Basically any material/surface that isn't holding a static charge should be fine.
 

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The PSU is resting on the bin lid while the motherboard is on a box on top of another bin. It turns on fine at the moment but need to figure out why it won't detect the SSD.
 

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Cardboard = static...

I mean its probbly fine, and I have done the "turn the box into a test surface" many a time, but the idea of static still terrifies me.
 

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When I had to RMA an ASUS motherboard their tech support suggested using the original box as the platform to test on. Worked fine. Static is always a concern of course, but I think as JD mentioned you'd have more static risk from plastic.

Any access to one of those anti-static desk pads? I don't have one, but if you did then I would think right on the desk on that would be pretty protected. There are options on Amazon.ca but they are a little pricey.

Personally I would consider the box or right on the desk sufficiently low risk and go that route.
 
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moocow

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I think I'll invest in an anti-static mat later down the road. I don't see a need for a $200 test bench since I don't do enough testing to warrant one. Thanks for the suggestion.
 

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I have a motherboard tray from a corsair case that I victimized that I intended to turn into a test bench but I really don't have the time. If your in the edmonton area you could have that if your that paranoid.
 

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