In this case, that means the Northbridge and Southbridge. MSI were kind enough to courier me their latest, not-even-on-the-website, motherboard for review, the K7T Pro2. 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. The MHz increase in clock gives us a handy increase in core CPU speed from the already impressive performance at 1. BSOD’s do occur however and the audio stops sometimes. 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. Next up we have POV-Ray.
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What a waste in my opinion. If you are a heavy gamer, it’s a nice upgrade. The manual makes not reference to the procedure to enable a working motherboard if the SmartKey is lost you can use a new SmartKey as long as you provide the correct password and the password is then copied to the new SmartKey and you enter the wrong password 3 times, locking the BIOS and the system completely.
MSI K7T266 Pro2 – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266A Series
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. This means new motherboard designs using V-MAP family chips are quick and relatively painless to implement. The capacitor placement fouls the ability of the retention mechanism audik work well and you have to resort to poking at the lever with something in an attempt sudio make it budge.
Software installation was also simple. Next up we have POV-Ray.
Fitted with an all-in-one monoblock which matches the Gigabyte Aorus aesthetic. Everything else is standard.
MSI K7T266 Pro2U – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266A
Of course, the benchmarking crowd will love it. The MHz increase in clock gives us a handy increase in core CPU speed from the already impressive performance at 1. Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x Here we see the extra memory bandwidth of the KTA pulling its weight. V-MAP chips are the same size and have the same pin compatible layout that k7tt266 this possible.
But what do we get over the KT? This is in contrast to the KG7-RAID and AMD chipset where manual tweaking of the chipset settings is essential to make the board perform well and no high performance defaults setting is provided.
For the average home user playing a few games here and there and using office application on something like the AMD platform, the upgrade doesn’t make sense really.
The jumperless aspect of the board is great since fiddling around on with jumpers to adjust things that the BIOS was made to take care of is silly. It was run at default clocks 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.
Click to find out more. Thanks to The Overclocking Store. Don’t rely too much on your own manual tweaking on the MSI to extract all the performance.
However, the extremely nice guys over at MSI were happy to work with us to try and solve our problems and a BIOS flash is finally giving us some respectable numbers. 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.
I always like to take a look at the layout of the motherboards that pass through my system. Before we get our hands adio 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’d have preferred a less fancy actively cooled heatsink to the gold coloured passive heatsink provided. The inclusion of things like USB2. KT has been soundly trounced by AMD in the performance stakes. And using the supplied WDM driver for the Live!
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BSOD’s do occur however and the audio stops sometimes. I know quite a few reviews of motherboards are done outside of a case in the confines of a testing area. I wish these extra connectors would run parallel to the vertical edge but that’s only personal preference. The top left placement is a good choice however and gets my audjo up.