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The floppy connector is also grouped here which is where it should be to lessen the cable length required over a bottom edge placement. MSI also had the foresight to stick down two clear pieces of plastic beneath each of the 2 center socket clips where you attach heatsinks. Click to find out more. Apart from that we see nothing unusual here. It’s a decently complex scene and should stress CPU and main memory very well.

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MSI K7T266 Pro2, AMD Motherboard

BSOD’s do occur however and the audio stops sometimes. However after months of delay, VIA essentially allowed its competition to gain a foothold in the marketplace first. 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. I always like to take a look at the layout of the motherboards that pass through my system.

It just seems that something in the configuration is holding the board back.

A smart move on VIA’s part indeed. 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.

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 inclusion of things like USB2. Performance is good and overall the board seems great. It’s the little things all rolled into one that make the MSI stand out for me. 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.


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V-MAP chips are the same size and have the same pin compatible layout that makes this possible. So what of this new chipset? If you are into media encoding mai as MP3 encoding or the creation of DivX movies you’ll be happy with the new speed.

It’s essentially the same chip design as the KT, but with a much improved memory controller.

Something like DivX encoding should see a handy increase in encoding speed, knocking a fair few k7t2266 off the time of a usual full length movie encoding. The version used doesn’t detect the Athlon MP correctly, complaining of an unknown processor stepping code.

Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x Windows 98, while having little testing on this motherboard, seems to be OK.

Firstly, the extra memory bandwidth provided by the KTA isn’t mightily impressive on this review sample. KTA attempts to redress the balance with much increased memory bandwidth.

A thermistor is k7t2666, but it’s a surface mount type, like a resistor and comes nowhere to touching the CPU.

MSI K7T Pro2 – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KTA Overview – CNET

The numbers in this benchmark fall right into line with the Reference numbers provided with Sandra in this new version. Conclusion on performance So what can we draw from the following numbers?


When the KT chipset was eventually released, it was met with msj a bit of disappointment. What was the best tech product of ? Software is also installed on the operating system that stops the OS from functioning properly if the correct SmartKey isn’t detected.

I think a VapoChill or any large heatsink would fit fine and the board provides the 4 mounting holes for a Swiftech MC heatsink.

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

Okay, back to the board Analysing the layout I always like to take po2 look at the layout of the motherboards that pass through my system. What a waste in my opinion. This board was installed fully in a case and since o7t266 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 we get to the benchmarks, let’s take a look at the test system. It’s a nice addition and gives you an extra piece of mind and seems to work well.