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Dangers of ESD to computers and electronics.
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is a term for common static electricity. Getting a shock from the door knob may not hurt you much, but the same kind of shock can put your computer in intensive care. This danger can occur when working on the computer or handling internal computer components. If a static charge has built up in a component such as memory cards, graphics accelerator card or hard drive or in your body, the charge can be released into the component, effectively burning it out and ruining it beyond repair. Static shock can occur without your knowledge because the charge contains a very low voltage. Even the slightest touch can pass electricity onto sensitive electronics and damage it. This is why new PC components like motherboards and video cards are packaged in sealed Anti-static bags. The ModRight Anti-Static Mats are designed to protect your computer components, by quickly drawing the static electricity away before you touch your parts. The Mats include wrist-strap and grounding cable clip that must be attached to metal surface like your PC chassis or workbench. You might be surprised at how many computer components are returned as being defective (did not work, or failed a month later) due to ESD damage. Most companies do not track this as it’s not cost effective. To evaluated a device for ESD damage cost about $10,000, which isn’t worth it for most components (ie memory modules, Gpus, and CPUs).
I’ll start my review by showing you the Ground and Wrist-straps included with both Mats. I’ll share photos of the Mainboard Mat first, before unrolling the “Super Large” Xtreme Anti-Static Mod Mat.
Each ModRight Mat is packaged inside a travel carton with plastic carry handle, so you can make “Modder House calls”
Each ModRight Mat is packaged inside a plastic bag and rolled up in tissue paper. The two straps are sealed in zip lock bags.
Each of the ModRight Mats include an adjustable Wrist-strap. The grounding snaps are Steel with Black plastic shells.
The Wrist strap is very comfortable. I extended and measured the cord at 8 feet long, it’s more than adequate for most work spaces.
The Ground cord measures 8 feet when fully extended and has steel Alligator clip.
I’ve attached the Alligator clip to the unpainted steel leg of my workbench. The only truly reliable ground is an electrical ground that has been tested as safe.
(Mod Zoo is not responsible for any damages that may occur from incorrectly connecting any ModRight ground strap.
If you are unsure of where to connect the ground cable, contact an Qualified Electrician)
The Steel base of the snap base is firmly attached to the backside of the 1/8″ thick rubber
Mainboard Mat retails for $39.99
ModRight ModMat Mainboard Factory Description:
ModRight Mainboard Anti-Static Mod-Mat Work and Assembly Surface is the next in line of the ever popular Mod-Mat Series. These are a system builders dream! The motherboard form factor table allows easy identification of what form factor you are working with. The actual measurements for each form factor are available based on industry standard. A second quick reference guide is available for back panel connector identification as well. The anti-static surface is safe for all components including your motherboard, VGA cards, RAM and any other electronic parts. Placing high finish side panels and parts are not an issue either as the non scratch surface will not blemish the finish whatsoever. This assembly surface includes both a grounding wire clip and an anti-static wrist strap to ensure proper precaution when conducting your next build. Both straps are connected directly to the modmat itself so you know you have a solid ground.
ModRight’s Mainboard Mat is made from 2mm thick, Black rubber
Measures 23.5″ x 23″ (590mm x 582mm)
The Mainboard Mat features outlined diagrams for all Motherboards in existence. A chart of their individual measurements is printed above. Every type of motherboard input and output port is shown with descriptions. I never heard of WATX until I unrolled this mat!
The Left and Right side have rulers printed in U.S. and Metric up to 430mm. These are great for making templates for fabricated parts or measuring building materials.
You can also measure PC cooling fans, which have grown in sizes from 180mm to 300mm from companies like Antec, Corsair, Cooler Master, and Xigmatek.
Not sure if your Motherboard is E-ATX? The diagrams make referencing quick and easy.
Sizing up a JETWAY mini ITX Intel Motherboard.
All of the Motherboard dimensions are listed in Millimeters and Inches.
The top corner has a matrix of common back panel connectors for easy reference
All of the Input / Output Ports have numbered descriptions.
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