First post, by maximus
What's the best way to put a load on a power supply for testing purposes?
My understanding is that power supply testers just test voltage levels while putting very little load on the unit. I would prefer something that also consumes 150 to 200 watts.
I used to use a beater Pentium 4 motherboard to test power supplies. This worked okay, but the setup was more complicated than I would have liked (board, CPU + cooler, RAM, video card, and power button versus a hypothetical self-contained unit). It also didn't allow me to fully test 24-pin connectors or PCI-e connectors. The board eventually developed bad caps (could this have been from testing bad power supplies?), and I would feel stupid buying a new old motherboard just to replace it.