Applications that shift a lot of data between main memory and the CPU will be the obvious benefactors with the KTA. It’s essentially the same chip design as the KT, but with a much improved memory controller. I’d have preferred a less fancy actively cooled heatsink to the gold coloured passive heatsink provided. A closer inspection of the CPU socket reveals something a bit more disturbing. At MHz, the run takes 50 seconds. For the average home user playing a few games here and there and using office application on something like the AMD platform, the upgrade doesn’t make sense really. It’s a nice addition and gives you an extra piece of mind and seems to work well.

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MSI K7T266 Pro2 – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266A Series

But VIA have persevered and here it is. However, the extremely nice guys over at MSI were happy to work with us to try and solve our problems and a BIOS flash is finally giving us some respectable numbers.

And using the supplied WDM driver for the Live! Applications that shift a lot of data between main memory and the CPU will be the obvious benefactors with the KTA.

MSI K7T Pro2: USB is here – VIA KTA Initial Roundup – October

One of the biggest selling points of this new wave of KTA boards is the increased performance. It just seems that something in the configuration is holding the board back.

The software integrates with the screensaver to provide extra security. In this case, that means the Northbridge and Southbridge.

The floppy connector is also grouped here which is proo2 it should be to lessen the cable length required over a bottom edge placement. MSI also had the foresight to stick down two clear pieces of plastic beneath each of the 2 center socket clips where you attach heatsinks. When VIA first announced their DDR chipset the KT, the whole hardware community was peo2 up for quite an intense battle among the chipset makers. V-MAP chips are the same size and have the same pin compatible layout that makes this possible.


The KT is almost universally regarded as quite slow, hard to make work and it’s generally unloved. As you can see, MSI has taken the chipset and added its own twists. Of course, the benchmarking crowd will love it. Okay, back to the board A bad layout for me can be the difference between getting and ignoring a new motherboard, regardless of what features or performance it offers.

Before we get our hands dirty in the specifications, remember a chipset is just that, a set of individual chips that work together to provide the services the AMD platform needs to function. While I think comparing temperatures, even across identical motherboards is a futile exercise, being able to measure CPU temperature as accurately as possible on the board in use is very important and the MSI can’t hope to do this unfortunately.

It was run at default clocks and display settings at 9 x just to check that everything was working as far as the KTA AGP driver was concerned and the following score illustrates that perfectly. In situations where a tall case is used, it might prove difficult to reach the connectors with the cables. Something like DivX encoding should see a handy increase in encoding speed, knocking a fair few minutes off the time of a usual full length movie encoding.

POV-Ray streams plenty of data from main memory to the CPU and back to perform its intensive calculations required to render our test scene. I think a VapoChill or any large heatsink would fit fine and the board provides the 4 mounting holes for a Swiftech MC heatsink.


MSI K7T Pro2 – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KTA Overview – CNET

KT has been soundly trounced by AMD in the performance stakes. So what of this new chipset? The jumperless aspect of the board is great since fiddling around on with jumpers to adjust things that the BIOS was made to take care of is silly.

What was uzb best tech product of ? If the password doesn’t match up, the board refuses to boot.

MSI K7T266 Pro2-RU KT266A Motherboard Review

Sandra Memory Benchmark 9 x Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x So there we have them, the numbers most people will be looking for. As always though, it all depends on the applications that you run and whether they uab be able to take advantage of the new speed increases.

This is never really the ideal situation and definitely not the best for a chipset which does quite warm during testing.

It’s certainly striking and with the gold Northbridge heatsink, I think MSI have tried to appeal to those who like to show off their PC’s in the case modding world. Here we see the extra memory bandwidth of the KTA pulling its weight.

At MHz, the run takes 50 seconds. SYS driver, BSOD’s on shutdown and the sound randomly seems to stop at any point during using the audio and doesn’t come back to life until you reboot.

Let’s start with Sandra first off: