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The board utilizes solid-state capacitors exclusively; these are typically
found on high-end boards, and offer longer life, more stable performance.
Cooling is provided by a modestly sized southbridge heatsink and a cut-down
northbridge cooler the bottom half of it is sunken down to make
room for an overhanging PCI Express 1x expansion card. In addition, the
vanity nameplate on top looks nice but may actually impede cooling.
The board's layout is sound, but we would prefer to see the floppy and
IDE connectors on the edge of the board, on their side if possible. There
are three fan connectors: a PWM header to the left of the CPU socket,
another at the bottom of the board near the USB headers, and a standard
3-pin header underneath the PCI-E 1x slot.
The back panel is fully stocked with HDMI, eSATA and FireWire all supported.
Pictured about is the board with a Xigmatek HDT-SD964 heatsink and Corsair
XMS3 memory installed. Oriented north-south, most tower coolers will clear
any installed memory as long as the heatspreaders are low profile. The
northbridge heatsink is too low to cause problems for a typical east-west
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