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Beware! MSI P6N Platinum users6/15/2007 7:49:33 AM

Pros: Looks great. I had high hopes.

Cons: As mentioned in previous reviews, the instructions are poorly written and the photos are essentially useless. Also, the base of the heatsink is unnecessarily large and ends up being oriented at a 45 degree angle to the processor. This was a deal breaker on my MSI P6N Platinum board since I could not avoid having the heatsink come over the top of one of the motherboard capacitors. I was struggling to get it to fit when I noticed it pressing down on one of them and starting to bend the capacitor and board! Yikes! Luckily, I posted without problem and am running nice and stable. I'm glad I noticed this right away but my concern is that people are used to the 775 heatsinks being a pain to install and will force it without realizing the problem.

Overall Review: Make sure that you dry fit this thing first and check all clearances at the heatsink base to make sure you have plenty of room! If you've already put this on and had a really tough time with it, it might be worth looking closley at your board to make sure you're not crushing a capacitor without realizing it. I gave it a two since there is a real chance someone could seriously damage their board. Yes, you should always check a fit before install but the problem can be hard to spot unless you're specifically looking for it. Why is the heatsink base so huge anyway and what's the deal with the Funky Z clip?

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