Forgive me if I sound completely ignorant, as I'm not well-versed in power supplies. I've been thinking about purchasing a 610w PC Power & Cooling PSU in preparation for a video card upgrade (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703005). This PSU has 49a on a single 12v rail. I've recently read that it may not be safe too have such high amperage on a single rail, due to the risk of a short causing a fire, melted wires, or other damage.
Is this something to worry about? For that matter, what could cause such a short to begin with? Apparently plenty of people use these PSUs with no problem, and they're very highly rated, but I'm just trying to be safe.
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Too much power through single rail... That's what they were worried about in the olden times, so they required artificially splitting rails. It's been a long time since then, large single rails will work fine. Don't worry about it.
Pretty much any PSU can cause a fire if it fails in that way. But that is the reason never to buy a cheap PSU If you get a quality PSU you shouldn't have to worry, although nothing is impossible.
I must agree with the Joker. There is no such thing like too many amps on the 12v rail.
Reminds of and old saying regarding women....
The amperage on a rail only tells you the amount of power it potentially can deliver. And a shortcut with 5 amps will melt something just as it would do with 25 amps; if the device fails and thus doesn't shut off it's the same... Just as the others said, make sure you've got a good quality device and you'll be fine.
As mentioned above, the best safety precaution is to buy a good-quality power supply. PCPC is the Mercedes of power supply makers, so I wouldn't worry about that choice.