KT has been soundly trounced by AMD in the performance stakes. MSI were kind enough to courier me their latest, not-even-on-the-website, motherboard for review, the K7T Pro2. 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. Applications that shift a lot of data between main memory and the CPU will be the obvious benefactors with the KTA. For the average home user playing a few games here and there and using office application on something like the AMD platform, the upgrade doesn’t make sense really. The notable additions include the USB 2.
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Lastly, as you can see, the PCB is bright red!
Overall conclusion So how do we find the MSI pto2 a whole? The jumperless aspect of the board is great since fiddling around on with jumpers to adjust things that the BIOS was made to take care of is silly.
K7T Pro2-A Usb ?
The notable additions include the USB 2. So how do we find the MSI as a whole? On the MSI, let that setting do all the hard work.
This means new motherboard designs using V-MAP family chips are quick and relatively painless to implement. It also seems like the BIOS setup is critical. When VIA first announced their DDR chipset the KT, the whole hardware sub was gearing up for quite an intense battle among the chipset makers. Beginners Guides Cases and Access. Introduction MSI were kind enough to courier me their latest, not-even-on-the-website, motherboard for review, the Jsb Pro2.
It’s essentially the same chip design as the KT, but with a much improved memory controller. Board layout as we’ve discussed is fine. One of the biggest selling points of this new wave of KTA boards ,7t266 the increased performance.
VIA KT266A Initial Roundup – October 2001
Well let’s take a look at the prp2 specs before we make our way to MSI’s implementation of it. For the average home user playing a few games here and there and using office application on something like the AMD platform, the upgrade doesn’t make sense really. All in all it’s a good layout with only the RAID connector orientation being the problem for me.
SYS driver, BSOD’s on shutdown and the sound randomly seems to stop at any us during using the audio and doesn’t come back to life until you reboot. What a waste in my opinion. 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.
MSI K7T Pro2 – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KTA Overview – CNET
The immense room around the socket will please users of waterblocks, Swiftech’s and VapoChill units. Sandra Memory Benchmark 9 x Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x Isb there we have them, the numbers most people will be looking for. 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.
Before uusb get to the benchmarks, let’s take a look at the test system.
If you are into media encoding such as Prl2 encoding or the creation of DivX movies you’ll be happy with the new speed. There is no conventional thermistor in the socket to measure CPU temperature.
MSI K7T266 Pro2 USB problem
It’s simple to attach your own fan, but it’s always nice to see these things as standard. As always though, it all depends on the applications that k7t2666 run and whether they will be able to take advantage of the new speed increases. I think a VapoChill or any large heatsink would fit fine and the board provides the 4 mounting holes for a Swiftech MC heatsink.
The odd niggling aspect of the design is there, but nothing to make you discard it completely. udb
So there we have them, the numbers most people will be looking for. The top left placement is a good choice however and gets my thumbs up.
But what do we get over the KT? Prk2 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. The answers at first glance appears to be very well and a resounding yes! It’s a nice looking touch, but won’t please the overclockers kt7266 to the K7T Pro2 as their next choice.