A Quick Note on Installation and Software. Well let’s take a look at the chipset specs before we make our way to MSI’s implementation of it. Three operating systems, Windows 98, Windows and Windows XP were installed without any problems. 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. 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. Sandra Memory Benchmark 9 x Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x So there we have them, the numbers most people will be looking for.
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I’ll be looking to expand the test suite over the coming weeks into a well rounded comprehensive test suite, something which previous Hexus reviews may possibly have lacked in the past. Click to find out more.
The version used doesn’t detect the Athlon MP pto2, complaining of an unknown processor stepping code. However, the little push rod to lever the card from the socket is flanked closely by a capacitor making it very hard to operate with your fingers, even for someone like me who has quite small hands.
Support For K7T Pro2 | Motherboard – The world leader in motherboard design | MSI Global
So how do we find the MSI as a whole? 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. It’s a nice looking touch, but won’t please the overclockers looking to the K7T Pro2 as their next choice. With 3DMark testing overall CPU, memory and graphics performance and Sandra providing the synthetic numbers, we have pretty much all bases covered. Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x A couple of BIOS tweaks and a general going over and that should be that.
Something like DivX encoding should see a handy increase in encoding speed, knocking a fair few minutes off the time of a usual full length movie encoding.
All in all it’s a good layout with only the RAID connector orientation being the problem for me. Before we get our hands dirty in the specifications, pfo2 a chipset is just that, a set of individual chips that work together to provide the services the AMD platform needs to function.
It’s a nice addition and gives you an extra piece of mind and seems to work well. Applications that shift a lot of data between main memory and the CPU will be the obvious benefactors with pfo2 KTA.
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.
SmartKey is also a good value addition to the K7T Pro2 package. Before we get to the benchmarks, let’s take a look at the test system. 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. Windows 98, while having little testing on this motherboard, seems to be OK.
It’s simple to attach your own fan, but it’s always nice to see these things as standard. While I think comparing temperatures, even across identical motherboards is a futile exercise, being able to measure CPU temperature as accurately as possible on the board in use is very important and the MSI can’t hope to do this unfortunately. Only glaring bad spots should be noted and the MSI has none. 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 eye catching, that’s for sure.
Specification for K7T Pro2-A | Motherboard – The world leader in motherboard design | MSI Global
Test software comprises the usual suspects, MadOnion’s k7t2666 and SiSoft Sandra current versionI’ve also added a couple of benchmarks you don’t usually see, notably Distributed. I’d have preferred a less fancy actively cooled heatsink to the gold coloured passive heatsink provided.
Everything else is standard. I always like to take a look at the layout of the motherboards that pass through my system.
Of course, the benchmarking crowd will love it. There are also 2 fan headers near the ,7t266 edge of the board, to the left and right of the DIMM slots.
But VIA have persevered and here it is. The answers at first glance appears to be very well and a resounding yes!
VIA KT266A Motherboard Roundup – January 2002
Well let’s take a look at the chipset specs before we make our way to MSI’s implementation of it. You have to be pushing the current memory bandwidth limits on a previous chipset to really see the difference. The immense room around the socket will please users of waterblocks, Swiftech’s and VapoChill units.