The odd niggling aspect of the design is there, but nothing to make you discard it completely. With the announcement of nVidia’s nForce chipset, the mighty VIA looked like it was in quite a bit of trouble…. 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 is the first motherboard directly supporting USB 2. Notice that SSE benchmarks are performed in this test. Before we get to the benchmarks, let’s take a look at the test system. In this case, moving from the KT to the new A version should really be as easy as dropping the new chipset into the place of the old.
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Thumbs up to MSI rpo2 if they can sort out the small issues in a later revision, they can’t fail to succeed with this board.
VIA KT266A Motherboard Roundup – January 2002
Fast forwarding about 9 months; nForce motherboards are nowhere to be seen and we now have the KTA chipset, a new and improved version of the older KT The inclusion of things like USB2.
So there we have them, the numbers most people will be looking for. The software integrates with the screensaver to provide extra security.
KTA attempts to redress the balance with much increased memory bandwidth. If you are a heavy gamer, it’s a nice upgrade. Ships with the following: Here we see the extra memory bandwidth of the KTA pulling its weight. As always though, it all depends on msu applications that you run and whether they will be able to take advantage of the new speed increases. Next up we have POV-Ray. The numbers in this benchmark fall right into line with the Reference numbers provided with Sandra in this new version.
So how do we find the MSI as a whole?
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. I think a VapoChill or any large heatsink would fit fine and the board provides the 4 mounting holes for a Swiftech MC heatsink.
With the announcement of nVidia’s nForce po2, the mighty VIA looked like it was in quite a bit of trouble….
MSI K7T Pro2-RU – VIA KTA Motherboard Roundup – January
It was among the slowest chipsets around and it had one glaring problem – when the bus speed exceeded MHz, USB devices stopped working. The plastic is there to protect the motherboards trace lines from being damaged when a heatsink is installed.
At MHz, the run takes 50 seconds.
In situations where a tall case is used, it might prove difficult to reach the connectors with the cables. VIA Apollo KTA chipset Specifications Before we get our hands dirty peo2 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.
As you can see, the numbers fall exactly in line with the 1. Of course, the benchmarking crowd will love it. 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.
Notice that SSE benchmarks are performed in this test. In this case, moving from the KT to the new A version should really be as easy as dropping the new chipset into the place of the old. 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.
MSI K7T266 Pro2-A – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266A
And using the supplied WDM driver for the Live! Here we see the corresponding Software installation was also simple. Mso must stress that the layout of motherboard is pure personal taste and some problem item in one case might be perfect in another.