MSI K8N Diamond 1.A Driver
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MSI K8N Diamond 1.A Driver
This cooler works by removing heat from CK south bridge and transferring it to a bigger heatsink on top of the C51D north bridge, through a heat-pipe.
The north bridge heatsink is all copper and has a fan to improve its efficiency. C51D north bridge heatsink detail.
The position of the fan helps removing hot air from around the CPU and also helps cooling the back of the video card. The manufacturing quality of this motherboard is very good, however we expected MSI to install heatsinks on the MOSFET transistors from the voltage regulator of this motherboard. A unique feature of this motherboard is a MSI K8N Diamond 1.A tube filter with a volume unit meter VU meter that offers volume control, a headphones jack, and a volume needle indicator.
VU meter is a device that shows the average not peak audio signal level. It's intended to provide an approximate idea of the subjective volume level. In this case it's obeisance to the tube architecture, MSI K8N Diamond 1.A indispensable attribute in old times.
MSI K8N Diamond Plus Motherboard Review - Hardware Secrets
The tube unit is implemented as a panel to be installed into a 5-inch bay. Along with aesthetics reasons, this solution facilitates access to the headphones jack and the volume control.
This is a stand-alone unit, which can be connected with bundled cables to the integrated Audigy SE as well as to any other sound card. Only the additional power connector slightly spoils the impression: Both bridges of the chipset are cooled by a single system of two heatsinks, connected with a heat pipe.
Even though we used water cooling for CPU, a fan on the heatsink rotated at medium speed in the course of all tests. If you use a powerful cooler of a traditional design that can cool components around the processor, you may remove the chipset fan.
If you want to achieve the lowest noise level, of course and if you don't want to break any overclocking records! Design of the heatsink distinctly hints at this possibility.
We have only one wish concerning the expansion ports: Cutting the available bandwidth in half is not necessarily as bad as it may sound now, since early PCI Express videocards really never used a full 16 PCI Express lanes by themselves, let alone in pairs. Now that a few generations of videocards have passed, we're starting to see consumers ask if eight lanes of PCI Express MSI K8N Diamond 1.A card is really enough? Overall it's a very minor refresh to a the highly successful nForce4 SLI core logic, and through one small change it addresses the potential bandwidth bottleneck expected to exist within next two-to-three MSI K8N Diamond 1.A generations.