Click to find out more. Notice that SSE benchmarks are performed in this test. 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. With the announcement of nVidia’s nForce chipset, the mighty VIA looked like it was in quite a bit of troubleā€¦. It’s a nice looking touch, but won’t please the overclockers looking to the K7T Pro2 as their next choice. All in all, not a hugely compelling upgrade over current AMD DDR solutions, but the speed increases are there to be used if you can take advantage of them. The manual makes not reference to the procedure to enable a working motherboard if the SmartKey is lost you can use a new SmartKey as long as you provide the correct password and the password is then copied to the new SmartKey and you enter the wrong password 3 times, locking the BIOS and the system completely.

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Review: MSI K7T Pro2 – Mainboard –

BSOD’s do occur however and the audio stops sometimes. Thanks to The Overclocking Store. 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.

Notice that SSE benchmarks are performed in this test. VIA Apollo KTA chipset Specifications 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. V-MAP chips are the same size and have the same pin compatible layout that makes this possible.


All it can hope to measure accurately is the air temperature in the socket which is quite a big disappointment. It just seems that something in the configuration is holding the msj back. Finally before we hit the pretty pictures, the tests are mis 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.

We are rendering the pawns scene here at x resolution. Click to find out more. From the diagram, we can also see the VT Southbridge implements AC’97 and MC’97 audio and modem facilities of which the manufacturer of a motherboard using this chip provides the headers and support for. The answers at first glance appears to be very well and a resounding yes! Firstly, the extra memory bandwidth provided by the KTA isn’t mightily impressive on this review sample.

So what can we draw from the following numbers? i7t266

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

Test software comprises the usual suspects, MadOnion’s 3DMark and SiSoft Sandra current versionI’ve also added a couple of benchmarks you don’t usually see, notably Distributed.

Sandra Memory Benchmark 9 x Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x So there we have them, the numbers most people will be looking for. So what of this new chipset?

But what do we get over the KT? While I think comparing temperatures, even across identical motherboards is a futile exercise, being able to msu CPU temperature as accurately as mai on the board in use is very important and the MSI can’t hope to do this unfortunately. Performance on the MSI never 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.


Ships with the following: A Quick Note on Installation and Software. The inclusion of things like USB2. But VIA have persevered and here it is. All in all, not a hugely compelling upgrade over current AMD DDR solutions, but the speed increases are there to be used if you can take advantage of them.

I could be wrong however. Apart from that we see nothing unusual here. One of the biggest selling points of this new wave of KTA boards is the increased performance. It was among the slowest chipsets around and it had one glaring problem – when the bus speed exceeded MHz, USB devices stopped working.

MSI K7T266 Pro2U – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266A

The top left placement is a good choice however and gets my thumbs up. Next up we have POV-Ray. Load of room around the socket is always a welcome bonus. The immense room around the socket will please users of waterblocks, Swiftech’s and VapoChill units. This is the first motherboard directly supporting USB 2. This board was installed fully in a case and since it shares the exact same mounting points as should all similar sized motherboards conforming to the ATX spec as the previous occupant of the case, the Abit KG7-RAID, installation was simple.