K9N heat issues

Discussion in 'MSI' started by Tomasz M. Sadowski, Apr 14, 2007.

  1. Hi All --
    I'm trying to pick a motherboard for building an Athlon 64x2 system,
    and I'm currently hovering between the MSI K9N Platinum and Gigabyte
    GA-M57. While the MSI board seems to score generally better and has a
    few nice extras (like the second GbE port), I've heard numerous
    reports on MCP overheating due to relatively small heatsink. The
    latter does not seem to be much smaller than that on the other board,
    so I'm wondering if I should be really concerned with that, especially
    that I'm not going to seriously overclock the board (if at all). How
    hot does the MCP heatsink get at stock voltages/frequencies?
    I'm also wondering about the temperature of the VRM heatsink, since it
    is close to a bunch of capacitors which definitely don't like being
    heated up. How hot is that heatsink, and do you think that the heat
    radiation would be serious enough to contribute to premature failure
    of those caps?
    Any comments will be greatly appreciated...
    Best regards, Tomasz
    Tomasz M. Sadowski, Apr 14, 2007
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  2. Tomasz M. Sadowski

    Donkeyman Guest

    I can recommend you the MSI K9N Platinum. I tried 4(!!) pieces of Asus
    M2N-E. They all died after a few days or a few weeks. The MSI performs great
    and there is no sign of overheating.
    Donkeyman, Apr 14, 2007
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  3. Thanks for the information.
    I got a K9N Platinum SLI and started it up yesterday, and the heatsink
    gets indeed hot after a few minutes. As long as it does not affect
    stability, it's probably OK, although having a piece of hot aluminum
    inside the PC is not the most comforting feeling for me. I haven't
    done much testing yet, and will not have time to do that soon, but I
    will revisit the issue in a few weeks and will see how hot it gets in
    normal use. I may swap it out for an old Zalman NB47J from my PC
    junkyard, as the board seems to have matching mounting holes.

    Best regards, Tomasz
    Tomasz M. Sadowski, May 1, 2007
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