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Note the support for two gigabit network adapters, integrated into the new chipset. You can select two modes of the CPU fan, to control its rotational speed: It’s inferior to the Diamond series only in its bundle and “safety margin” of the cooling system. Bottom line At the moment we have nothing to compare these motherboards with, and they are almost identical to each other with an exception of SLI support.
It overhangs a motherboard at one side, tied to it through an insulating pad. Though a bit expensive, they are solidly packed with cabling, brackets and manuals as well as additional and chipset controllers and ports.
BioShock Infinite and Metro: The motherboard was stable at the standard frequencies. But if you plan on testing this system in an overclocked mode, you will still need additional cooling. But if you had such plans, then you have at least two motherboards that can help build a good system with Socket AM2. Platinu, Power, Energy Consumption: Still, considering the previous experience, we can say that both K9N Platinum boards are interesting products.
Indeed, the retention system of the new boxed coolers has been modified four holes at the edge of the framebut traditional projections are preserved as well for compatibility. This is a couple of similar boards the differences are described below occupying high positions in Paltinum product series.
MSI K9N Platinum SLI specifications
All capacitors are always from plaginum manufacturer, but not from the first echelon unknown brand. Since we had enough time to look at peculiarities of AMD’s new platform, let’s not delay and proceed to the first Socket AM2 motherboards in our lab kindly provided by MSI. The frame is platinkm to the motherboard in four instead of two points.
There are no empty seats on this motherboard — Platinum series from MSI traditionally differs from “simple” models by a full set i9n additional controllers, provided by the board design. Note that the motherboard has no jumpers to select video slot modes, they are switched on the chipset level. Besides, video cards in PCI Express x16 slots can be powered from the standard 4-pin peripheral connector.
Performance The performance issues are described in our general article about the new socket. The mentioned BIOS parameters are available in this version, but the viability of non-standard settings hasn’t been tested. When the upper threshold is crossed, the fan accelerates to its maximum speed.
The second port yellowalways operating in PCI Express x1 mode, can be used for the second video card – for another pair of monitors. The core logic chip on the first production motherboards has an official designation already. In this case, when the temperature is below the minimal threshold, the rotational speed is kept to minimum.
MSI K9N Platinum, AM2+, AMD (MS-7250-020) Motherboard
Memory voltage regulator uses paltinum from Rubycon and is reinforced with L elements. We do not see any sense in rushing towards AMD’s new platform. Smart Fan mode is available only with a 4-pin cooler.
The heatsink gets very hot. MSI engineers use a long low-profile heatsink. But rumors about the incompatibility with Socket coolers are exaggerated. Look at the passive cooling of the chipset – such a solution was exotic for nForce4, but it promises to become typical for the th series.
Sandy Bridge Trying out the new method. Video 3Digests Video cards: It’s not installed on the center of the chip.