ATX power supply unit

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by yogesh1990, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. yogesh1990

    Thread Starter New Member

    Oct 5, 2010
    Hi everyone So I have an extra ATX PC Power supply unit. I work on embedded systems .... so I kinda need 12V, 3.3V,5V most of the times .. I did some research and found out an ATX PSU has all these voltages .. I am just not sure about the current ratings as the PSU says 3.3V 2A.

    I have a device which works on 3.3V and says maximum current rating must be < 250mA .. Can I use this PSU to power up my device .. ?
  2. @android


    Dec 15, 2011
    Obviously! Remember one thing for sure source never decides how much current to 'put in' in the load. Its the load who draws the current. Just verify that you're accurate on voltage and turn it on. :)
  3. Brownout

    Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2012
    The answer depends on how much current your power supply is spec'd for at the 3.3V output.
  4. magnet18

    Senior Member

    Dec 22, 2010
    If it's speced for 2A and you need more than .25A, then yes, you'll be fine.
    Amps are pulled, not pushed.
    worst case for anything with an atx psu (assuming you don't plug it into the wrong voltage) is that it draws too much current and shuts off the power supply
  5. paulktreg

    AAC Fanatic!

    Jun 2, 2008
    Are you sure it's an ATX power supply? The 3.3V rating is usually much higher at 25-30A.