This 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. If you are a heavy gamer, it’s a nice upgrade. Applications that shift a lot of data between main memory and the CPU will be the obvious benefactors with the KTA. However, I’ve had nothing but problems with the onboard sound driver under Windows XP. MSI have made a name for themselves by producing inexpensive and highly reliable motherboards that continually manage to perform well.
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I’ll be pri2 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.
MSI were kind enough to courier me their latest, not-even-on-the-website, motherboard for review, the K7T Pro2.
It also seems like the BIOS setup is critical. V-MAP chips are the same size and have the pdo2 pin compatible layout that makes this possible. Thanks to The Overclocking Store. 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.
It’s essentially the same chip design as the KT, but with a much improved memory controller. 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. At any rate, it is so msl from being slow!
Software installation was also simple. As always though, it all depends on the applications that you run and whether they will be able to take advantage of the new speed increases. The KT is almost universally regarded as quite slow, hard to make work and it’s generally unloved. Before we get to the mis, let’s take a look at the test system.
VIA KT266A Motherboard Roundup – January 2002
A thermistor is present, but it’s a surface mount type, like a resistor and comes nowhere to touching the CPU. This 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.
It was among the slowest chipsets around and it had one glaring problem – when the bus speed exceeded MHz, USB devices stopped working. If you are a heavy gamer, it’s a nice upgrade.
The answers at first glance appears to be very well and a resounding yes! The immense room around the socket will please users of waterblocks, Swiftech’s and VapoChill units. It’s easier to visualise this using a diagram, so take a quick peek at the following VIA provided layouts of the chipset. However after months of delay, VIA essentially allowed its competition to gain a foothold in the marketplace first.
This is the first motherboard directly supporting USB 2. 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. One of the biggest selling points of this new wave of KTA boards is the increased performance.
There are also 2 fan headers near the top edge of the board, to the left and right of the DIMM slots. In situations where a tall case is used, it might prove difficult to reach the connectors with the cables.
MSI™ Introducing VIA® KTA Motherboard-K7T Pro2-RU | MSI Global
I didn’t install the extra Windows software component due to it being a review motherboard but rest assured the hardware side of things works well.
The plastic is there to protect the motherboards trace lines from being damaged when a heatsink is installed. Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x In this case, moving from the KT to the jsi A version ;ro2 really be as easy as dropping the new chipset into the place of the old.
The capacitor placement fouls the ability of the retention mechanism to work well and you have to resort to mis at the lever with something in an attempt to make it budge. Let’s start with Sandra first off: Software is also installed on the mssi system that stops the OS from functioning properly if the correct SmartKey isn’t detected.
We are rendering the pawns scene here at x resolution. 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.