The RAID connectors are close to the bottom right and run 90 degrees to the regular connectors. Under XP is fine. Performance on the MSI never dropped below the performance of the KG7-RAID when the performance issues had been ironed out so we can say with confidence that it’s faster than that board. 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. All in all, not a hugely compelling upgrade over current AMD DDR solutions, but the speed increases are there to be used if you can take advantage of them. Here we see the extra memory bandwidth of the KTA pulling its weight. 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.
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Performance is good and overall the board seems great. Is it the same again, not quick, hard to implement etc and have MSI done a good job with the board?
It just seems that something in the configuration is holding the board back.
MSI K7T Pro2U – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KTA Overview – CNET
Test software comprises the usual k7g266, MadOnion’s 3DMark and SiSoft Sandra current versionI’ve also added a couple of benchmarks you don’t usually see, notably Distributed. If you are a heavy gamer, it’s a nice upgrade. However they ARE quicker and that’s what we are expecting. Auudio nice to see different colours being used on motherboard PCB’s to make a change from the usual green. A closer inspection of the CPU socket reveals something a bit more disturbing. One of the biggest selling points of this new wave of KTA boards is the increased performance.
The KT is almost universally regarded as quite slow, hard to make work and it’s generally unloved.
MSI K7T266 Pro2 – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266A Series
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. I must stress that the layout of motherboard is pure personal taste auvio some problem item in one case might be perfect in another. And using the supplied WDM audiio for the Live! Software installation was also simple. Thumbs up to MSI and if they can sort out the small issues in a later revision, they can’t fail to succeed with this board.
This is the first motherboard directly supporting USB 2. Before we k7f266 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. I must point out that it has been a real struggle to get performance out of the MSI board.
It’s simple to attach your own fan, but it’s always nice to see these things as standard. So how i7t266 we find the MSI as a whole? Analysing the layout I always like to take a look at the layout of the motherboards that pass through my system. KTA attempts to redress the balance with much increased memory bandwidth.
So how does the layout of the K7T Pro2 stack up? It’s certainly eye catching, that’s for sure.
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 in the case modding world. Lastly, aduio you can see, the PCB is bright red! Don’t rely too much on your own manual tweaking on the MSI to extract all the performance.
The inclusion of things like USB2. I wish these extra connectors would run parallel to the vertical edge but that’s only personal preference. A Quick Note on Installation and Software. So what can we draw from the following numbers? Physical installation of the board was a cinch. I was a bit sceptical of its position at first, but, in my case at least, it seems to get the ATX connector out of the way very well seeing as though the ATX connector is the most bulky connector you’ll attach to a motherboard and also the most inflexible making a poor connector placement an extra hassle.
Not ideal at all. Aueio else is standard. I think a VapoChill or any large heatsink would fit fine and the board provides the 4 mounting holes for a Swiftech MC heatsink.