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 to be unlocked. On the MSI, let that setting do all the hard work. Notice that SSE benchmarks are performed in this test. The notable additions include the USB 2. Three operating systems, Windows 98, Windows and Windows XP were installed without any problems.

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Support For K7T Pro2 | Motherboard – The world leader in motherboard design | MSI Global

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.

I’d have preferred a less fancy actively cooled heatsink to the gold coloured passive heatsink provided.

Sandra Memory Benchmark 9 x Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark auxio x So there we have them, the numbers most people will be looking for. With 3DMark testing overall CPU, memory and graphics performance and Sandra providing the synthetic numbers, we have pretty much all bases covered. This is the first motherboard directly supporting USB 2.

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

It’s 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 auio the case modding world. Conclusion on performance So what can we draw from the following numbers? And using the k7t2666 WDM driver for the Live! Fitted with an all-in-one monoblock which matches the Gigabyte Aorus aesthetic. The inclusion of things like USB2. It’s certainly eye catching, that’s for sure.


Support For K7T Pro | Motherboard – The world leader in motherboard design | MSI Global

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. What a waste in my opinion. Applications that shift a lot of data between main memory and the CPU will be the obvious benefactors with the KTA. Windows 98, while having little testing on this motherboard, seems to be OK. 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 audioo 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.

Performance One of the biggest audii points of this new wave of KTA boards is the increased performance. Here we see the extra memory bandwidth of the KTA pulling its weight. KT has been soundly trounced by AMD in the performance stakes.

A Quick Note on Installation and Software. The numbers in this benchmark fall right into line with the Reference numbers provided with Sandra in this new version. They connect to a header on the motherboard and mirror the 4 LED’s above the audio connectors on the Aduio backplane that are visible if you open the case.

However, I’ve had nothing but problems with the onboard sound driver under Windows XP. SmartKey is also a good value addition to the K7T Pro2 package. SYS driver, BSOD’s on shutdown and the sound randomly seems to stop at any point during using the audio and doesn’t come back to life until you reboot. It’s a nice addition and gives you an extra piece of mind and seems to work well.


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

But what do we get over the KT? 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. 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. A smart move on VIA’s part indeed.

There is no conventional thermistor in the socket k7t626 measure CPU temperature. It just seems that something in the configuration is holding the board back. This board was installed fully in a case and since it shares auxio 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.