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Preview – MSI K9A2 Platinum : AMD FX Chipset and Motherboard Preview –
The two AMD chipsets generate a moderate amount of heat, but this totally silent thermal solution is better than using a bunch of little noisy fans. A pair of heatpipes snake their way through the components on the K9A2 Platinum, connecting the Northbridge heatsink to a large thin fin copper heatsink mounted to the processor power supply MOSFETs. Chipset fans have a bad habit of failing over time, or becoming hopelessly clogged with dust.
A clever solution for sure, and one that most motherboard manufacturers have embraced as a quiet way of managing the heat from chipsets. MSI includes pretty much everything you’ll need to take advantage of the onboard peripherals in the box.
We’ll leave the Core 2 Duo vs.
There’s an interesting back story behind the wide adoption of polymer capacitors on higher end k2a, if you have time read this PCSTATS article It’s actually a rather complicated story revolving around industry espionage Phenom argument for another article like this. AMD’s FX plainum is capped with distinctive round finned heatsink wrapped with heatpipes.
This motherboard has almost everything a person needs, except perhaps a Port 80 card which would have been a nice added touch.
These are the same type of capacitors mostly found on videocards, and being a solid device they don’t leak or burst years down the road.
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Solid Capacitors for motherboard longevity. As always, it’s important to remember that if water cooling is used here, you have to point a fan in the direction of these p,atinum heatsinks or the chipsets will not be adequately cooled. The tables have certainly turned in the other direction now, but AMD still makes very affordable processors which are ideal for mainstream PC and gaming demands.