Memory voltage regulator uses capacitors from Rubycon and is reinforced with L elements. Performance The performance issues are described in our general article about the new socket. Video 3Digests Video cards: Indeed, the retention system of the new boxed coolers has been modified four holes at the edge of the frame , but traditional projections are preserved as well for compatibility. When the upper threshold is crossed, the fan accelerates to its maximum speed. Besides, video cards in PCI Express x16 slots can be powered from the standard 4-pin peripheral connector.
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Consumed Power, Energy Consumption: The heatsink gets very hot. The core logic chip on the first production motherboards has an official designation already. Though a bit expensive, they are solidly packed with cabling, brackets and manuals as well as additional and chipset controllers and ports. Sandy Bridge Trying out the new method. The board is equipped with a 4-pin ATX12V connector. 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.
A usual feature of such boards is rich functionality and thorough packages without any fanciful expensive toys. For the only difference that Socket has three of them at each side of the socket, and now only the central one is left.
Video 3Digests Video cards: 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. All capacitors are always from one manufacturer, but not from the first echelon unknown brand. But rumors about the incompatibility with Socket coolers are exaggerated.
You can select two modes of the CPU fan, to control its rotational speed: The mentioned BIOS parameters are available in this version, but the viability of non-standard settings hasn’t been tested. There are no empty seats on this motherboard — Platinum series from MSI traditionally differs from “simple” models by a full set of additional controllers, provided by platibum board design.
This is a couple of similar boards the differences are described below occupying high positions in MSI’s product series. The frame is fixed to the motherboard in four instead of two points.
MSI K9N Platinum, AM2+, AMD (MS-7250-020) Motherboard
Smart Fan mode is available only with a 4-pin cooler. Note the support for two gigabit network adapters, integrated into the new chipset. It overhangs a motherboard at one side, tied to it through an insulating pad. It’s not installed on the platknum of the chip. Besides, video cards in PCI Express x16 slots can be powered from the standard 4-pin peripheral connector.
Note that enthusiast series MSI Diamond, in particular will be still bundled with robust cooling plxtinum for plxtinum chipset. Memory voltage regulator uses capacitors from Rubycon and is reinforced with L elements.
But if you had such plans, then you have at least two motherboards that can help build a good system with Socket AM2. The second port yellowalways operating in PCI Express x1 mode, can be used for the second video card – for another pair of monitors. Still, considering the previous experience, we can say that both K9N Platinum boards are interesting products.
MSI K9N Platinum SLI specifications
The motherboard was stable at the standard k9h. But if you plan on testing this system in an overclocked mode, you will still need additional cooling.
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. We do not see any sense in rushing towards AMD’s new platform.