Notice that SSE benchmarks are performed in this test. Test software comprises the usual suspects, MadOnion’s 3DMark and SiSoft Sandra current version , I’ve also added a couple of benchmarks you don’t usually see, notably Distributed. Apart from that we see nothing unusual here. However, I’ve had nothing but problems with the onboard sound driver under Windows XP. There are also 2 fan headers near the top edge of the board, to the left and right of the DIMM slots.
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I must stress that the layout of motherboard is pure personal taste and some problem item in one case might be perfect in another. Lastly, as you can see, the PCB is bright red! What was the eound tech product of ? I’m very hopeful that a newer revision of the BIOS for the board will extract even sounx performance and bring things up to speed on this test setup. Otherwise, thumbs up to MSI. A smart move on VIA’s part indeed. So how do we find the MSI as a whole?
Next up we have the memory bandwidth benchmarks. Prk2 are the official specifications. Windows 98, while having little testing on this motherboard, seems to be OK.
V-MAP chips are the same size and have the same pin compatible layout that makes this possible. Let’s start with Sandra first off: So how does the layout of the K7T Pro2 stack up?
This is the second K7T Pro2 lro2 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. This is the first motherboard directly supporting USB 2.
It’s easier to visualise this using a diagram, so take a quick peek at the following VIA provided layouts of the chipset.
MSI K7T266 Pro2 – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266A Series
In this case, that means the Northbridge and Southbridge. I didn’t install the extra Windows software component suond to it being a review motherboard but rest assured the hardware side of things works well. It also seems like the BIOS setup is critical.
Finally before pfo2 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 m7t266 memory bandwidth via a higher front side bus clock.
I don’t know whether it’s the test configuration since other reviews of this board seem to have great performance and there may very well be issues running the KTA on the test setup we’re using here. 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.
MSI MS Ver.3 MS MS K7T Pro2 Motherboard AGP 5x PCI Infrarot Sound
If you are into media encoding such as MP3 encoding or the creation of DivX movies you’ll be happy with the new speed. At any rate, it is so far from being slow! This means new motherboard designs using V-MAP family chips are quick and relatively painless to implement. Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x There are also 2 fan headers near the top edge of the board, to the left and right of the DIMM slots.
I must point out that it has been a real struggle to get performance out of the MSI board. Click to find out more. But VIA have persevered and here it is.
MSI MS-6380 Ver.3 MS6380 MS 6380 K7T266 Pro2 Motherboard AGP 5x PCI Infrarot Sound
They connect to a header on zound motherboard and mirror the 4 LED’s above the audio connectors on the ATX backplane that are visible if you open the case. The capacitor placement fouls the ability of the retention mechanism to work well and you have to resort to poking at the lever with something in an attempt to make it budge.
Considering this, here’s the formal spec for the chipset. Performance One of the biggest selling points of this new wave of KTA boards is the increased performance. The inclusion of things like USB2. You have to be pushing the current memory bandwidth limits on a previous chipset to really see the difference.