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MSI have assembled the K9A2 Platinum motherboard with entirely conductive polymer aluminum solid capacitors. A clever solution for sure, and one that most motherboard manufacturers have embraced as a quiet way of managing the heat from chipsets.
There’s an interesting back story behind the wide adoption of polymer capacitors on higher end motherboards, if you have time read this PCSTATS article It’s actually a rather complicated story revolving around industry espionage 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 passive heatsinks or the chipsets will not be adequately cooled.
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 platiunm to the processor power supply MOSFETs.
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. Chipset fans have a bad habit of failing over time, or becoming hopelessly clogged with dust.
Platnium includes pretty much everything you’ll need to take advantage of the onboard peripherals in the box.
MSI K9A2 Platinum – motherboard – ATX – Socket AM2+ – AMD FX Overview – CNET
AMD’s FX chipset is capped with distinctive round finned heatsink wrapped with heatpipes. These are the same type of capacitors mostly found on videocards, and being a solid device they don’t leak or burst years down ksi road.
This motherboard has almost everything a person needs, except perhaps a Port 80 card which would have been a nice added touch.
In our experience with the MSI K9A2 Platinum we found it’s passive chipset solution quite effective at keeping temperatures in check. Solid Capacitors for motherboard longevity.
Specification for K9A2 Platinum | Motherboard – The world leader in motherboard design | MSI Global