The RAID connectors are close to the bottom right and run 90 degrees to the regular connectors. Before we get to the benchmarks, let’s take a look at the test system. It also seems like the BIOS setup is critical. In this case, moving from the KT to the new A version should really be as easy as dropping the new chipset into the place of the old. 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.
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This is the second K7T Pro2 from MSI we’ve had here in Hexus labs due to time constraints in keeping the first board, but during the time we had with it, performance was significantly lower than expected. 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.
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. We are rendering the pawns scene here at x kk7t266.
Review: MSI K7T Pro2 – Mainboard –
KT has been soundly trounced by AMD in the performance stakes. With 3DMark testing overall CPU, memory and graphics performance and Sandra k7tt266 the synthetic numbers, we have pretty much all bases covered. A bad layout for me can be the difference between getting and ignoring a new motherboard, regardless of what features or performance it offers. Well let’s take a look at the chipset specs before we make our way to MSI’s implementation of it. Performance One of the biggest selling points of this new wave of KTA boards is the increased performance.
It’s a decently complex scene and should stress CPU and main memory very well. This means new motherboard designs using V-MAP family chips are quick and relatively painless to implement. If you are a heavy gamer, it’s a nice upgrade. I didn’t install the extra Windows software component due to it k77t266 a review motherboard but rest assured the hardware side of things works well. All it can hope to measure accurately is the air temperature in the socket which is quite a big disappointment.
It may be a component in my setup, it may be a BIOS setting tweaked wrongly but I’m sure more memory performance is there kt266 be unlocked. If you are into media encoding such as MP3 encoding or the creation of DivX movies you’ll be happy with the new speed. I’m very hopeful that a newer revision of the BIOS for the board will extract even more performance and bring things up to speed on this test setup.
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The RAID connectors are close to the bottom right and run k7y266 degrees to the regular connectors. Here we see the corresponding I wish these extra connectors would run parallel to the vertical edge but that’s only personal preference.
Everything else is standard. 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. There is no conventional thermistor in the socket to measure CPU temperature. Analysing the layout I always like to take a look at the layout of the motherboards that pass through my system.
MSI K7T266 PRO – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266
Only glaring bad spots should be noted and the MSI has none. KTA attempts to redress the balance with much increased memory bandwidth. Don’t rely too much on your own manual tweaking on the MSI to extract all the performance.
SYS driver, BSOD’s on shutdown and the sound randomly seems to stop at any point during using k7t2266 audio and doesn’t come back to life until you reboot. Thumbs up to MSI and if they can sort out the small issues in a later revision, they can’t fail to succeed with this board.
Windows 98, while having little testing on this motherboard, seems to be OK. Performance on the Proo never dropped below the performance of the KG7-RAID when the performance issues had been ironed out so we pdo say with confidence that it’s faster than that board. 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.
It’s simple to attach your own fan, but it’s always nice to see these things as standard. So there we have them, the numbers most people will be looking for.
It’s the little things all rolled into one that make the MSI stand out for prro. The notable additions include the USB 2. What was the best tech product of ?