So the question arrises of how to feed future generation processors with the power requirements of yesterday’s CPU socket architecture? According to Intel, Socket Pentium 4’s allocate 85 pins for power, for ground. Furthermore, if you divide the number of pins by the area of the processor you’ll find that Socket chips are among the most dense ever. Beginners Guides Cases and Access. Maximum Motherboard Overclocking and Conclusions.
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The best way to mange the heat inside a case is with good airflow; the Southbridge for instance is one of the hottest points on the motherboard since the heatsink is so small, so continual airflow is advisable.
As things get faster, components run hotter, that’s a simple rule in the world of computers. Beginners Guides Cases and Access. If the roadmaps continue unchanged, socket should be the defacto Intel desktop standard for the next two years. Like every other high performance motherboard, the P Neo2 Platinum generates a ton of heat itself.
On the power front, next generation processors are drawing much more electricity and die shrinks aren’t helping the situation as they once could.
It’s a handy tool for people who avoid instructions manuals. That’s great for those who want to keep their systems running in prime condition.
To help alleviate potentially problems, MSI have included a small plastic installation tool to make inserting the socket processor a little easier, and foolproof.
MSI P Neo2 Platinum Motherboard Review –
There are many reasons to why Intel moved from a pinned processor package, to pinless. Enthusiasts in the crowd should be pleased to know the P Neo2 motherboard comes with a total of four fan headers.
According to Intel, Socket Pentium 4’s allocate 85 pins for power, for ground.
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One point not to be missed in all of this is that the socket retention mechanism is a precision piece of engineering, and proper installation and care is important. This is intended to power single core processors that chew up around W of power. The skeptics will say that Intel wanted to stem the flow of RMA’s from processors with broken pins, but if you do a little digging, the real reasons are somewhat more complicated. More contacts means more stable power for the processor, so you can bet that this form factor was designed with future generations in mind.
The introduction of Socket addressed a variety of issues with Socket ; like excessive pressure from heatsinks which flexed the motherboard, not enough power-related pins to deal with high power consumption of emerging cores, and a few other points slightly more technical in nature. If Intel had decided to introduce a higher pin density, it would have had to use a substantially larger substrate, which would have taken up more real estate on an already space deprived motherboard.