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MSI K9A2 Platinum

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One of the newest boards to use AMD’s 790FX chipset for the Spider platform, the MSI K9A2 Platinum motherboard is a high end board for AMD multicore Phenom processors. With 42 PCI Express lanes, lower power consumption, and support for four way graphics, the K9A2 Platinum is one of the top boards from MSI.

System Specs

The 790FX chipset was released in late 2007 to complete AMD’s new Spider platform. The MSI K9A2 Platinum uses the 790FX to provide a 1066/1333 bus with up to 5200 MT/s (5.2 billio…

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One of the newest boards to use AMD’s 790FX chipset for the Spider platform, the MSI K9A2 Platinum motherboard is a high end board for AMD multicore Phenom processors. With 42 PCI Express lanes, lower power consumption, and support for four way graphics, the K9A2 Platinum is one of the top boards from MSI.

System Specs

The 790FX chipset was released in late 2007 to complete AMD’s new Spider platform. The MSI K9A2 Platinum uses the 790FX to provide a 1066/1333 bus with up to 5200 MT/s (5.2 billion operations per second) using HyperTransport 3.0 technology. There are four DDR2 800/1066 dual channel slots allowing up to eight GB of RAM. Of course, the MSI K9A2 Platinum sports a AM2 socket for the Phenom processors, but it also provides backward compatibility for AM2 Athlons and Athlon 64s. The board uses MSI’s “Circu-pipe” dual pipe cooler to cool the north and southbridge as well as the power circuitry. The board requires a 24 pin power connector.

Expansion Slots

One of the first things that jumps out is the four PCI Express x16 graphics slots. There are also two standard PCI slots and a PCI Express x1 slot. There are six onboard SATA connectors supporting RAID 0/1/0+1 along with single PATA and floppy connectors.

Onboard Ports

The MSI K9A2 Platinum has four USB 2.0 ports, with support for two more on the front panel, as well as a single FireWire port. An optical S/PDIF output joins an eight channel surround sound audio stack. There are two 3 Gb/s external SATA connectors and a single Gigabit Ethernet port.

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  • MSI K9A2 Platinum Floppy disk

    Hi, I'm using K9A2 platinum motherboard ! I want to format, but I got 2 RAID hard disk. Then I must use a floppy disk. I've download the floppy driver on the Msi website. I want to install XP 64bits, and when I try my floppy disk to find my hard disk, it says that the A:\x64\ahcix64 system file has a problem. What must/can I do ? I really need to format my computer.

    (No answers yet. Write an answer!) 2010-01-22

  • MSI K9A2 Platinum Graphics card

    Whats the performance like with a 4870x2 on this motherboard and do i need to upgrade my screen, currently a 17' CRT LG screen.

    (No answers yet. Write an answer!) 2009-03-22

  • South bridge heatpipes problem

    sir i have palit revolution hd 4870x2 gpu having 3 slot cooler (longest card available in market). i want to know if i can use this gpu with msi k9a2 platinum mobo as many customors in ebay wrote that it might be blocked by southbridge heatpipes.. plz reply soon... my email id is rajat.parihar@gmail.com

    (No answers yet. Write an answer!) 2009-01-26

  • what's the second power conenction for?

    do I have to use the second power connection on the mobo?

    (No answers yet. Write an answer!) 2008-09-29

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