I’ll be looking to expand the test suite over the coming weeks into a well rounded comprehensive test suite, something which previous Hexus reviews may possibly have lacked in the past. Performance One of the biggest selling points of this new wave of KTA boards is the increased performance. 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. This is the first motherboard directly supporting USB 2. Next up we have the memory bandwidth benchmarks. You have to be pushing the current memory bandwidth limits on a previous chipset to really see the difference. KTA attempts to redress the balance with much increased memory bandwidth.
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So what can we draw from the following numbers? Overall conclusion So how do we find the MSI as a whole? Taking a look at the picture of the motherboard and starting at the top, we can see that the ATX connector is to the left of the CPU socket, right in the corner.
I must stress that the layout of motherboard is pure personal taste and some problem item in one case might be perfect in another. KTA attempts to redress the balance with much increased memory bandwidth. A bad layout for me can be the difference between getting and ignoring a new motherboard, regardless of what features or performance it offers. The capacitor placement fouls the ability of the retention mechanism to work well and you have to resort to poking at the lever with something in an attempt to make it budge.
Windows 98, while having little testing on this motherboard, aufio to be OK. One of the biggest selling points of this new wave of KTA boards is the increased performance.
This board initially faired just as badly. The numbers in this benchmark fall right into line with the Reference numbers provided with Sandra in this new version. Apart from that we see nothing unusual here. In this case, that means the Northbridge and Southbridge. I could be wrong however. Auduo 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.
All in all it’s a good layout with only the RAID connector orientation being the problem k7t26 me. Considering this, here’s the formal spec for the chipset.
MSI K7T266 Pro2U – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266A
Here we see the extra memory bandwidth of the KTA pulling its weight. Thumbs up to MSI and if they can sort out the small issues in a k72t66 revision, they can’t fail to succeed with this board. It’s a decently complex scene and should stress CPU and main memory very well. KT has been soundly trounced by AMD in the performance stakes.
Thanks to The Overclocking Store. The answers at first glance appears to be very well and a resounding yes! On the MSI, let that setting do all the hard work.
So how does the layout of the K7T Pro2 stack up?
MSI K7T Pro2U – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KTA Overview – CNET
I’d have preferred a less fancy actively cooled heatsink to the gold coloured passive heatsink provided. Applications that shift a lot of data between main memory and the CPU will be the obvious benefactors with the KTA. K7r266 on the MSI aurio dropped below the performance of the KG7-RAID when the performance issues had been ironed out so we can say with confidence that it’s faster than that board. MSI were kind enough to courier me their latest, not-even-on-the-website, motherboard for review, the K7T Pro2.
This means new motherboard designs using V-MAP family chips are quick and relatively painless to implement.