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. Click to find out more. Software is also installed on the operating system that stops the OS from functioning properly if the correct SmartKey isn’t detected. 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. 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. Physical installation of the board was a cinch. The floppy connector is also grouped here which is where it should be to lessen the cable length required over a bottom edge placement.

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Would it totally sweep me off my feet and carry me into a glorious world of high overclockability where DDR is the only way to go? When the KT chipset was eventually released, it was met with quite a bit of disappointment.

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Applications that shift a pro22 of data between main memory and the CPU will be the obvious benefactors with the KTA. A couple of BIOS tweaks and a general going over and that should be that. A Quick Note on Installation and Software. At any rate, it is so far from being slow! Performance is good and overall the board seems great. And using the supplied WDM driver for the Live!


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If you are a heavy gamer, it’s a nice upgrade. Before we get to the benchmarks, let’s take a look at the test system. You have to be pushing the current memory bandwidth limits on a previous chipset to really see the difference. Software is also installed on the operating system that stops the OS from functioning properly if the correct SmartKey isn’t detected.

Review: MSI K7T Pro2 – Mainboard –

I must stress that the layout of motherboard is pure personal taste and some problem item in one case might be perfect in another. SmartKey is also a good skund addition to the K7T Pro2 package. Overall conclusion So how do we find the MSI as a whole?

Tried everything I coould think of, enabling-disabling the onboard AC’97, uninstalling and reinstalling drivers i7t266 both, downloading the latest MoBo drivers. It was among the slowest chipsets around and it had one glaring problem – when the bus speed exceeded MHz, USB devices stopped working.

Otherwise, thumbs up to MSI. This is in contrast to the KG7-RAID and AMD chipset where manual tweaking of the chipset settings is essential to make the board perform well and no high performance defaults setting is provided.

The odd niggling aspect of the design is there, but nothing to make you discard it completely. It’s the little things all rolled into one that ,7t266 the MSI stand out for me. O7t266 after months of delay, VIA essentially allowed its competition to gain a foothold in the marketplace first.


Perhaps this will help someone else down the road.

k7t66 So how do we find the MSI as a whole? At MHz, the run takes 50 seconds. Finally before we hit the pretty pictures, the tests are performed at the default system speed of Mhz 9 x and Mhz 9 x showing the improvements to be gained both in clock speed and memory bandwidth via a higher front side bus clock. If you are into media encoding such as MP3 encoding or the creation of DivX movies you’ll be happy with the new speed.

MSI K7T266 Pro2-RU KT266A Motherboard Review

It’s a nice addition and gives you an extra piece of mind and seems to work well. 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.

I would dearly love to know if anyone has a suggestion or a solution. What was the best tech product of ? I’d have preferred a less fancy actively cooled heatsink to the gold coloured passive heatsink provided. I’ve checked the manual’s suggested Bios settings as well. But k7r266 do we get over the KT?