It’s a decently complex scene and should stress CPU and main memory very well. This board initially faired just as badly. 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. 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. With 3DMark testing overall CPU, memory and graphics performance and Sandra providing the synthetic numbers, we have pretty much all bases covered.
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MSI K7T266 Pro2-A – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266A
The KT is almost universally regarded as quite slow, hard to make work and it’s generally unloved. VIA Apollo KTA chipset Specifications Before we get 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.
KTA attempts to redress the balance with much increased memory bandwidth. And using the supplied WDM driver for the Live! With 3DMark k7r266 overall CPU, memory and graphics performance and Sandra providing the synthetic numbers, we have pretty much all bases covered. I’m very hopeful that a newer revision of the BIOS for the board will extract even more performance and bring things up to speed on this test setup.
This means new motherboard designs using V-MAP family chips are quick and relatively painless to implement.
Finally before we hit the pretty pictures, the tests are performed at the default system speed of Mhz 9 x and Mhz 9 x showing the improvements to be gained both in clock speed and memory bandwidth via a higher front side bus clock.
Applications that shift a lot of data between main memory and the CPU will be the obvious benefactors with the KTA. They connect to a header on the motherboard and k72t66 the 4 LED’s above the audio connectors on the ATX backplane that are visible if you open the case.
The numbers in this j7t266 fall right into line with the Reference numbers provided with Sandra in this new version. Here are the official specifications.
The notable additions include the USB 2. Quake3 and 3DMark respond well to the new chipset giving us the broad impression that most OpenGL and Direct3D game performance will increase. I always like to take a look at the layout of the motherboards that pass through my system. Performance on the MSI never dropped below the performance of the KG7-RAID when the performance issues had been ironed out so we can kk7t266 with confidence that it’s faster than that board.
It’s a decently complex scene and should stress CPU and main memory very well. BSOD’s k7266 occur however and the audio stops sometimes. The capacitor placement fouls the ability of the retention mechanism to work well and you have to resort to poking at the lever rpo2 something in an attempt to prl2 it budge. But VIA have persevered and here it is.
So how do we find the MSI as a whole? Performance is good and overall the board seems great. Board layout as we’ve discussed is fine.
Everything else is standard.
It was run at default kt266 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.
However they ARE quicker and that’s what we are expecting. The top left placement is a good choice however and gets my thumbs up.
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Here we see the corresponding Physical installation of the board prp2 a cinch. Is it the same again, not quick, hard to implement etc and have MSI done a good job with the board?
It also seems like the BIOS setup is critical. The floppy connector is also grouped here which is where it should be to lessen the cable length required over a bottom edge placement.
There is no conventional thermistor in the socket to measure CPU temperature. Firstly, the extra memory bandwidth provided pgo2 the KTA isn’t mightily impressive on this review sample.
At MHz, the run takes 50 seconds.