If you are into media encoding such as MP3 encoding or the creation of DivX movies you’ll be happy with the new speed. Apart from that we see nothing unusual here. Well let’s take a look at the chipset specs before we make our way to MSI’s implementation of it. This is the first motherboard directly supporting USB 2. At any rate, it is so far from being slow! Board layout as we’ve discussed is fine.

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So what can we draw from the following numbers?

MSI K7T Pro2 – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KTA Overview – CNET

If the password doesn’t match up, the board refuses to boot. Audil a nice addition and gives you an extra piece of mind and seems to work well.

Three operating systems, Windows 98, Windows and Windows XP were installed without any problems. Of course, the benchmarking crowd will love it. So there we have them, the numbers most people will be looking for.

MSI K7T266 Pro2U – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266A

Next up we have POV-Ray. A closer inspection of the CPU socket reveals something a bit more disturbing. Apart from that we see nothing unusual here.

Firstly, the extra memory bandwidth provided by the KTA isn’t mightily impressive on this review sample. The version used doesn’t detect the Athlon MP correctly, complaining of an unknown processor stepping code.


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Review: MSI K7T Pro2 – Mainboard –

I always like to take a look at the layout of the motherboards that pass through my system. Click to find out more. BSOD’s do occur audip and the audio stops sometimes. We’ll be looking to add a Zudio encoding run to future reviews if possible to illustrate the performance increases across a new chipset or CPU. It’s simple to attach your own fan, but it’s always nice to see these things as standard.

There is no conventional thermistor in the socket to measure CPU temperature. However, I’ve had nothing but problems with the onboard sound driver under Windows XP. The notable additions include the USB 2.

MSI K7T266 Pro2 – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266A Series

The answers at first glance appears to be very well and a resounding yes! 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.

There are also 2 fan headers near the top edge of the board, to audip left and right of the DIMM slots.

Conclusion on performance So what can we draw from the following numbers? The floppy connector is also grouped here which is where it should be to lessen the cable length required over a bottom edge placement.

You have to be pushing the current memory bandwidth limits on a previous chipset to really see the difference. 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. It’s the auio things all rolled into one that make the MSI stand out for me.


At MHz, the run takes 50 seconds.

SYS driver, BSOD’s on shutdown and the sound randomly seems to stop at any point during using the audio and doesn’t come back to life until you reboot. Here we see the corresponding Lastly, as you can see, the PCB is bright red! Test software comprises the usual suspects, MadOnion’s 3DMark and SiSoft Sandra current versionI’ve also added a couple of benchmarks you don’t usually see, notably Distributed. 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.

All in all it’s a good layout with only the RAID connector orientation being the problem for me.