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We don't know who suggested that Intel's upcoming P45 is worth being put into some of the most extreme boards around but who are we to judge? We're just here to drool over the latest extreme boards like MSI's P45 Diamond. Pictured just below, the motherboard uses the P45 and ICH10R chip combo and has a hybrid cooling system which includes a few copper heatpipes and fins and a waterblock for the northbridge.

The Diamond supports Intel's latest and greatest 45nm processors, has two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots (one likely being x8 electrical) ready for CrossFire setups, eight SATA 3.0 Gbps ports and two eSATA connectors, two Gigabit Ethernet adapters and three increasingly-common buttons -Power, Reset and Clear CMOS. No word on pricing or availability.

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The usual questions arise - is it restrictive and what are the fitting sizes please. I guess it's not a big deal if the NB block can be removed and say be replaced with the MCW30. Regardless I think it's a great move by MSI considering the heat these things generate [the Gigabyte cooling is just a little excessive/insane]
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nice to see mobo manufacturers get aware of watercooling, sadly, they still have lots to learn.

from the MSI HydroGen, which had its cooler made by the German company Watercool, inspired by their HeatKiller series, and from the barbs on this board, i think it is safe to conclude MSI mainly focusses on European style watercooling systems, which often use 1/4" (6mm) ID tubing. which makes me think MSI sells more boards in Europe than in does in the US.
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Originally Posted by ChielScape View Post
nice to see mobo manufacturers get aware of watercooling, sadly, they still have lots to learn.

from the MSI HydroGen, which had its cooler made by the German company Watercool, inspired by their HeatKiller series, and from the barbs on this board, i think it is safe to conclude MSI mainly focusses on European style watercooling systems, which often use 1/4" (6mm) ID tubing. which makes me think MSI sells more boards in Europe than in does in the US.
Yeah mate, i think so too. but most people are going to 8mm nowadays, or have 6mm/8mm mix
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i still dont mess with WC

i dont think i have the tim to set up a WC

id have to call upon the CD
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Yeah mate, i think so too. but most people are going to 8mm nowadays, or have 6mm/8mm mix
yes, 3/8" (9,5mm) is getting increasingly common as well.
though the HydroGen had smallish tubes connecting the blocks, at least they used simple G1/4" threading, which is standard for watercooling.
(though G1/8" is still used in Europe, and G3/8" is not rarely used worldwide due to the Thermochill PA series radiators)

and with they have much to learn, i also referred to the blocks internal design, which, though sufficient, is highly inefficient.
though from the looks of it, simply replacing the block's cover with a custom milled one should solve most if not all of these problems, depending on the top's design.
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