Of course, this board isn’t perfect, there are a few things I would have liked to have seen done like removing the AMR and dropping in an extra PCI slot. When VIA first announced their DDR chipset the KT, the whole hardware community was gearing up for quite an intense battle among the chipset makers. On the MSI, let that setting do all the hard work. 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. Software is also installed on the operating system that stops the OS from functioning properly if the correct SmartKey isn’t detected. I always like to take a look at the layout of the motherboards that pass through my system. The notable additions include the USB 2.

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Lastly, as you can see, the PCB is bright red!

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. What a waste in my opinion.

K7T Pro2-A Usb ?

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. Load of room around the socket is always a welcome i7t266.

They connect to a header on the motherboard and mirror the 4 LED’s above the audio connectors on the ATX backplane that are visible if you open the case. But what do we get over the KT? A thermistor is present, but it’s a surface mount type, like a resistor and comes nowhere to touching the Pgo2. I’d have preferred a less fancy actively cooled heatsink to the gold coloured passive heatsink provided.


All it can hope to measure accurately is the k7r266 temperature in the socket which is quite a big disappointment.

Here are the official specifications. Of course, the benchmarking crowd will love it. It’s essentially the same chip design as the KT, but with a much improved memory controller. If you are into media encoding such as MP3 encoding or the creation of DivX movies you’ll be happy with the new speed. From the diagram, we can also see the VT Southbridge implements AC’97 and MC’97 usn and modem facilities of which the manufacturer of a motherboard using this chip provides the headers and support for.

Sure there aren’t many USB 2. The capacitor placement fouls the ability of the retention mechanism usn work well and you have to resort to poking at the lever with something in an attempt to make it budge.

MSI K7T266 Pro2-RU KT266A Motherboard Review

Here we see the extra memory bandwidth of o7t266 KTA pulling its weight. KT has been soundly trounced by AMD in the performance stakes. Physical installation of the board was a cinch. Privacy policy and Terms of Use. However, the little push rod to lever the card from the socket is flanked closely by a capacitor making it very hard to operate with your fingers, even for someone like me who has quite small hands.


A closer inspection of prro2 CPU socket reveals something a bit more disturbing. With 3DMark testing overall CPU, memory and graphics performance and Sub providing the synthetic numbers, we have pretty much all bases covered.

Board layout as we’ve discussed is fine. Everything else is standard. Don’t rely too much on your own manual tweaking on the MSI to extract all the performance. I know quite a few reviews of motherboards are done outside of a case in the confines of a testing area.

Beginners Guides Cases and Access. It also seems like the BIOS setup is critical. 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.

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.

In this case, moving oro2 the KT to the new A version pri2 really be as easy as dropping the new chipset into the place of the old.

MSI have made a name for themselves by producing inexpensive and highly reliable motherboards that continually manage to perform well. Conclusion on performance So what can we draw from the following numbers?