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MSI 850 Pro2 P4 Motherboard Review

MSI 850 Pro2 P4 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: With its' distinctive three and one RIMM slot orientation, the MSI 850 Pro2 is set to capture the attention of the ever increasing P4 market.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Aug 14 2001   Max Page  
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Heatsink Mounts and Cooling Provisions

Heatsink Mounts

With the introduction of the Pentium 4 socket 423 architecture came the heatsink retention mechanism (HRM). No longer did heatsinks have to be attached by the ZIF socket clips alone. Now with more support, and more clips, bigger and heavier heatsinks could be attached more securely and more safely. At least that seems to be the general impression I get when looking at those two plastic heatsink supports.

In reality, what should only be a Pentium 4 heatsink can sometimes be used on any socketed processor. It all depends on the heatsink manufacturer, and how many 'birds' they are trying to kill with that one cooler. But generally speaking, if the heatsink doesn't have the tabs for the heatsink retention mechanism (HRM) to clip into, it should not be used on a Pentium 4 processor.

Socket 423 with holes in the surrounding PCB for the P4 heatsink retention mechanism. The plastic supports are simply dropped into place and then locked solidly by depressing the white spacer pins.

The CPU socket is a bit crowded as it is flanked on one side by a row of seven 6.3v 2200uf capacitors, and on the other by both the ATX and 5V/3V ATX power connectors. Naturally if the heatsink expels air out either end of the heatsink this crowding won't have any impact.

The processor socket is only a scant 4mm or so from a line of capacitors on one side, and the ATX and 5V/3V ATX power connectors on the other side.

While the fit is a tight one, we had no difficulties installing our heatsink which only used the HRM to attach.

Fan Headers

Support for onboard fans is quite typical with the usual complement of three headers. Two fan headers are positioned near to the processor socket itself, and the third lies by the last PCI socket (for a system fan or supped up video card perhaps).

The 850 Pro2 supports fan RPM monitoring, so the computer can be configured to give out an alert if while monitoring the CPU fan, something fails (it can happen, read our little article about a CPU fan that caught fire).

Sometimes these important little connectors can get stuck in the most awkward of places, but this wasn't the case with this MSI mainboard. All of the fan headers are easily reachable and the need for super small fingers or tweezers in not necessary.

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Contents of Article: MSI 850 Pro2
 Pg 1.  MSI 850 Pro2 P4 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  850 Pro2 Motherboard Features
 Pg 3.  — Heatsink Mounts and Cooling Provisions
 Pg 4.  Onboard features and more
 Pg 5.  The Full 850 Pro2 Spec Sheet
 Pg 6.  The BIOS Features
 Pg 7.  Memory Adjustments in the Bios
 Pg 8.  Test system specs and initial benchmarks
 Pg 9.  e-Testinglabs WinBench 99 and Productivity Benchmarks
 Pg 10.  Conclusions

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