What It Takes to Break a RAM with ESD (ft. Linus Tech Tips)

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We handle computer parts without ESD protection most of the times. But what does it take to break one with ESD through human body? Let’s check it out!
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By: Mehdi Sadaghdar

  • This was super fun! Hope you all enjoyed watching us recoil in pain... I guess.

    Linus Tech TipsLinus Tech Tips3 hónapja
    • In Linus channel this video sponserd by crosser

      Pasindu SubathPasindu Subath8 órája
    • I admit, the sponsor joke was funny. It's also cool to see the real linus. He just really likes computer builds. And makes millions doing it. I feel like he was really nice guy in his last life.

      Joseph Wizbicki IIIJoseph Wizbicki III20 napja
    • Hi

      Valerio GamingValerio Gaming28 napja
    • Yes

  • They should've switched their sponsor segments

    Akainatsu meAkainatsu me14 órája
  • Linus Tech Tips...On fire...; ]

    Earl LeeEarl LeeNapja
  • I love such bunch of funny geeks

    amir hosseinamir hossein2 napja
  • linus a true idiot, a dumb false tech guy with not even 4th grade phisics knowledge DUDE, heat up the heat spreaders first to soften the glue so that you don't take out the chips with it.....JFC I did that from my first ever try and it was common sense >_

    saiba.moesaiba.moe3 napja
  • Putting ram in a motherboard and powering it does not test functionality. Even a POST memory test just counts the addressable space. You need to set each bit low, and high, and reread the values; and even then you can hit some issues that show intermittently.

    Nick MichelsNick Michels4 napja
  • Write public comments

    Rama Official CHRama Official CH6 napja
  • Thank you for telling me he’s from sad Linus meme

  • *There is too much unity in foreign youtubers !!*

    Mradul BhardwajMradul Bhardwaj6 napja
  • "the best collab doesn't exi- "

    Neil TripathiNeil Tripathi6 napja
  • Make a video on " Light Products not to use while using inverter in home". Why???

    HobbitainmentHobbitainment7 napja
  • Mehdi’s sponsor music always puts me in a zen happy place

    Joe H.SJoe H.S8 napja
  • I love your enthusiasm! Amazing content as always 😸

    BlairBlair8 napja
  • I like your hat Linus

    Manjulekha SettManjulekha Sett9 napja
  • Ummm... just letting you know RAM can still boot your computer even when it's failed. I've had RAM even let me install applications and play games whilst it has been damaged.

    Fin SpinFin Spin10 napja
  • I must sleep, now. I have laughed SO hard, and for SO long, I can no longer walk.

    Chris PierceChris Pierce10 napja
  • 2 Boys 1 Ram

    Aslan GuseinovAslan Guseinov11 napja
  • The body has its own series impedance which reduces the current to the RAM compared with direct connection. Also depending on footwear etc the body capacitance to ground is of the order of 200 pF so there is not much charge delivered. I think you have conclusively proven that current kills chips not voltage.

    TsardozTsardoz13 napja
  • Use 🔨 Hammer 😂😂

    Ace4AkashYTAce4AkashYT13 napja
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    D3V3 L0P3RD3V3 L0P3R14 napja
  • The thing is “ElectroBOOM” is the scientist and Linus is just here for revenge😂

    Ahmed AlexanderAhmed Alexander14 napja
  • You do not how deeply it pleases me that you chose Corsair as the ram to destroy! When I'm feeling down I find a corsair keyboard or other corsair device & destroy it for revenge, however I'm running out of their garbage to destroy so I came here

    JAYJAY15 napja
  • I do seriously wonder when Joe Biden talks without an audience with a mask on why they even bother.... just dub it yourself so he doesn't sound inept.

    scorpiomaj27scorpiomaj2715 napja
  • This is what men really do when the ladies go out.

    Wak ScientistWak Scientist17 napja
  • In the first times of MOS technology, I mean NMOS, PMOS, those components are very sensitive to ESD. Nowadays those old technologies have disappeared and are replaced by CMOS with shottky diodes at the input, eventually protecting from little discharge, and you first need to blow one of those diode to kill the circuit behind at the end

    CaptainDangeaxCaptainDangeax17 napja
  • AH, HURTS SO MUCH. do it again

    ItsdanItsdan18 napja
  • He's in pain, we're laughing. Does that make us bad persons?

    Andrea FrascaAndrea Frasca19 napja
  • It’s a dumb test… ram is extremely sensitive to static. The way ram works is a cell that includes a transistor and capacitor for each bit. Over voltage on a capacitor is extremely bad because it will short or worse.. explode. You can take out a huge portion of the chip with one fault in the array of cells. Would love to see if “curiousmark” a electronics engineer and computer scientist on youtube (most known for his xerox alto work and the Apollo guidance computer work) unlid the ram and show the damage on a microscope.

    Jay BrooksJay Brooks19 napja
  • I killed a CMOS chip on a friends electric decoder with static electricity. So it can happen but maybe modern computer components are too good.

    gamingSlashergamingSlasher21 napja
  • Can one create ESD with a toothbrush?

    Guersom FalconGuersom Falcon21 napja
  • U can’t manage killing electronics with a by ESD-gun charged body? I managed killing a ram module by holding it in my hand while walking over a carpet...

    MoritzMoritz21 napja
  • thats why RAM board is life time waranty.. they just refuse to die..

    S. Bayu AdiS. Bayu Adi21 napja
  • If you used a Tree instead_ Tree~0~BOOM

    W5AWGW5AWG22 napja
  • im starting to think mehdi Loves pain .. watching his videos kinda like 50 shades of gray 😂

    khorkheh borkheaskhorkheh borkheas22 napja
  • you lost me as a sub i subed to you when you only had 460 people subbed to you you were a strong brilliant man and you let that go for a lil youtube fame and money i hope you do whats right and stop selling out il never watch another video tell then have a good one

    truth prevailstruth prevails23 napja
  • i used to like u man but u just supported the lie of this plandemic you are a sell out and have betrayed humanity with your actions il never forgive u you were my idol who gave me hope and knoledge why have youu done this p.s overunity is real the bedini genarator easly proves overunity ienstien was a idumbass energy can be created and it can be destroyed as in eletricty dark matter air sun light but matter physical matter can only be transformed they are two diffrent things i wish you could see that

    truth prevailstruth prevails23 napja
  • I admit that I only watched this to see Linus get shocked for a bit :D

    Tom TeiterTom Teiter23 napja
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    Zaizh FaroZaizh Faro24 napja
    • +1 5 3 0 4 2 8 5 8 7 0

      Zaizh FaroZaizh Faro24 napja
  • What’s your Gmail so I can add you on zoom!

    Choccy Milk helps the pain go awayChoccy Milk helps the pain go away25 napja
  • maybe it just damaged a little bit of it.. try running memtest .. im sure all the memory chips need to be functional for the system to POST? :shrug:

    Roger HRoger H25 napja
  • It's not a Mehdi video until you trip his breakers

    Ashish JohnAshish John25 napja
  • huworld.info/flow/vide/rK1l2Iukrq7Vh2c Mehdi, this is the quickest way I think. :D this guy did it in less than 30sec.

    Y. LatinovY. Latinov26 napja
  • Just because it posts doesn't means it's not got borked transistors

    shodanxxshodanxx26 napja
  • 45 will kill it

    ItzPikkkzItzPikkkz27 napja
  • Why didnt you guys just hammered it to bits

    General squirrelGeneral squirrel27 napja
  • Can i kill my phone with static electricity

    General squirrelGeneral squirrel27 napja
  • Wich Is te brand of that ram? I want it

    Miguel BakuMiguel Baku28 napja
  • Brought you by:

    Guildev MontskiGuildev Montski29 napja
  • I am more concerned about them getting cardiac arrest

    Anuj Singh BaisAnuj Singh BaisHónapja
  • um not going to test the ram? you're just gonna let it turn on? it would be good to test the ram in some kind of stress test to check addresses arent fried

  • thats why i always trust corsair for my computer ram, they are really durable ram memory

    buddy byronbuddy byronHónapja
  • and my dad tells me not to put my arduino on the floor.

  • They're called hertz for a reason.

    Carl OlssonCarl OlssonHónapja
    • no

      Parallax PerceptionParallax PerceptionHónapja
  • uh, linus is boring, you should find a better sidekick.

  • this was good

    Pyro KingPyro KingHónapja
  • "It's almost like the engineers who design computers...like...do it for a living." 🤣

    Dan SDan SHónapja
  • This was hilarious. Thanks to you both for setting this up!

  • I could see it arcing at the ground clamp when it discharged through his finger. My father used to work for a sizeable company and I got to visit the static free room as a kid, thought it was so cool. Had to put on a special suit and everything and every table, every square foot of flooring has a solid ground. I learned a lot about tech stuff when I was little and that only fueled my passion for electricity and electronics. Now I am working my way through a degree in electrical engineering.

    • @420Chameleon you wrote "ARK" wrong

      Parallax PerceptionParallax PerceptionHónapja
    • @Parallax Perception I don't understand why you would say something like that, when I clearly stated I'm in college for a degree in electrical engineering.. You obviously can't read so, that's probably a good indication of your intelligence.

    • i doubt you are an electrical engineer now

      Parallax PerceptionParallax PerceptionHónapja
    • it calle "arking"

      Parallax PerceptionParallax PerceptionHónapja
  • Two since buddy’s talking and we don’t know what they are saying


    truck boitruck boiHónapja
  • in realty I would find it super interesting if Mehdi talked with Brian Linus's electrician at his studio I feel that would be an interesting thing to see

    Ozzy HelixOzzy HelixHónapja
  • He he, I will never care about ESD any more.

    Abdelaziz KaraAbdelaziz KaraHónapja
  • Well thanks, now i know there is nothing to worry about !

  • Perfect opportunity to call linus the minus.

    Hansol SHansol SHónapja
  • Ok so, if anyone is good at electrics or anything that would be great, I went to heat up my tea in the microwave earlier, so I stuck it in, shut the door and everything was ok until I went to turn on the microwave at the plug (I'm in the UK), my right hand was on the microwave not sure if it was the metal side panel or the buttons, and I turned on the plug with my left, and I got a pretty bitching shock on both my fingers, anyone have any idea what the hell just happened? The microwave was ok to use after that, and heated my tea up alright with a couple plastic gloves, but still kinda worried about using it from now on. It was pretty shocking I guess you could say

    Max MccannMax MccannHónapja
  • two words esd diodes

    Electronics and ProgrammingElectronics and ProgrammingHónapja
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    Ninja KittyNinja KittyHónapja
  • The tables obviously working against you. The ground is also more conductive for some reason

    Syrup DrizzleSyrup DrizzleHónapja
  • his voice, the doom in it, yeah exactly.

    Caleb BeachCaleb BeachHónapja
  • well since the entire computer chase is grounded.. so you get grounded when you touch it when the power plug is in but the on and off switch can be set to off and you are grounded at all time as you work on it. . taking that you roll up your sleeves and rest your arms on the metal from time to time, I got a full aluminium chase so I had to pull ground cables to everything just in chase. since I have trust issues towards alu and it's capabilities

    Icie FlakeIcie FlakeHónapja
  • 😄

    ACE 47NBACE 47NBHónapja
  • 6:58 You can see the discharge inside the ram where the alligator clips are.

  • WoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooW

    Eduardo ValentimEduardo ValentimHónapja
  • This is funny as hell who would dislike this???? What jerks and trolls

    chicken manchicken manHónapja
  • linus finally hit puberty

  • 4:10 haha that was adorable.

    The MadrummerThe MadrummerHónapja
  • How did I miss this one! lol love it

    Boda ScambaitsBoda ScambaitsHónapja
  • Maybe it only damages a section of memory that is not being used on boot - I know it is slower, but you probably need to do a memory check to really know.

    Warrior CoderWarrior CoderHónapja
  • Internal HT burns will give you gangrene and loss of limbs,no big deal then.

    john amptechjohn amptechHónapja
  • 👁 👁 👃 👄

    Gorkha EngineeringGorkha EngineeringHónapja
  • Now try a CPU.

    Eric MEric MHónapja
  • Keep in mind that both of their body resistance is different and the sticks of ram used were different

    Nanosyber wwNanosyber wwHónapja
  • Why do you sound like homer simspon? :O

    Francisco AbreuFrancisco AbreuHónapja
  • Meanwhile, I casually shuffle my feet into the local Arduino store and every random device I buy is dead 😡 How the f#$k do you kill a heat-sink anyway! 🤬

  • I've killed a gpu(it's ram) with ESD so not sure why u couldn't, maybe I should show you the how? ...GPU was "working" but anything that had to do with load ...it failed every time ..back when GPU's didn't cover ram chips // Working doesn't mean it's stable, far from it

  • Obviously, you needed to stick a needle underneath your fingernail to fine tune your touch.

  • Geeeezzzzzzz Rick

    Laurence FabilaLaurence FabilaHónapja
  • You guys are smart, you should know that if it’s NOT an N95 mask then it’s not helping anything and is only for show. You people look so stupid.

    Lucas FūrLucas FūrHónapja
  • ElectroLinus :/

  • Has anyone actually killed electronic components with static before? Anyone? No? MYTH BUSTED!

  • Esd can damage some memory modules so that it still works but bluescreens when the OS tries to use the damaged part of the RAM... Thats what i've seen in the past. RAM can still boot but randomly crash due to partial ESD damage, which is just as useless as completely dead as in this video. You would have to spend few minutes fully testing the ram to detect this

    James FactionJames FactionHónapja
  • Hmm.. Just because a DIMM passes the power on test doesn't mean it's good. I realise it would slow things down significantly, but I'd be interested to see this experiment repeated with a full memtestX86 run between each discharge..

    Olly LappageOlly LappageHónapja
  • Imagine if your RAM Chip committed suicide

    Plutonium 239Plutonium 239Hónapja
  • It's hard to kill ram, that's why they put a lifetime warranty 🤣

    Micaellano EricMicaellano EricHónapja
  • The charges are going down the ground ..why don't you step in something that will isolate you from the floor/ground?

    Stephen ChenStephen ChenHónapja
  • @ElectroBOOM I'd say it's long overdue that you're awarded the IEEE Medal of Honor with "V" device for valor (or the Canadian counterpart, for that matter) for always putting yourself (and your pain tolerance) on the line above and beyond the call of duty.

  • Not human

  • Why you use plastic Safe the turtle bro

    m w 10m w 10Hónapja
  • Great guy great personality love the knowledge and please don't electrocute your self .Johnny number 5 needs more input

    Matthew CrewsMatthew CrewsHónapja
  • Built my most recent PC without an anti static. *Laughs in Russian Roulette*