The floppy connector is also grouped here which is where it should be to lessen the cable length required over a bottom edge placement. At MHz, the run takes 50 seconds. A Quick Note on Installation and Software. 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. POV-Ray streams plenty of data from main memory to the CPU and back to perform its intensive calculations required to render our test scene. 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. The numbers in this benchmark fall right into line with the Reference numbers provided with Sandra in this new version.

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The numbers in this benchmark fall right into line with the Reference numbers provided with Sandra in this new version.

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

Only glaring bad spots should be noted and the MSI has none.

Let’s start with Sandra first off: We are rendering the pawns scene here at x resolution. 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. This board was installed fully in a case and since it shares the exact same mounting points as should all similar sized motherboards conforming to the ATX spec as the previous occupant of the case, the Abit KG7-RAID, installation was simple.

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MSI K7T266 PRO – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266

Everything else is standard. Overall conclusion So how do we find the MSI as a whole? MSI were kind enough to courier me their latest, not-even-on-the-website, motherboard for review, the K7T Pro2. There is no conventional thermistor in the socket to measure CPU temperature.

POV-Ray streams plenty of data from main memory to the CPU and back to perform its intensive calculations required to render our test scene. And using the supplied WDM driver for the Live! The answers at first glance appears kt7266 be ;ro well and a resounding yes! Analysing the layout I always like to take a look at the layout of the motherboards that pass through my system. It also seems like the BIOS setup is critical. 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.

Well let’s take a look at the chipset specs before we make our way to MSI’s implementation of it. Thumbs up to MSI and if they can sort out the small issues in a later revision, they can’t fail to succeed with k7t2666 board.

Of course, the benchmarking crowd will love it.

MSI K7T PRO – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT Overview – CNET

I always like to take a look at the layout of the motherboards that pass through my system. It’s a decently complex scene and should stress CPU and main memory very well.

At MHz, the run takes 50 seconds. Physical installation of the board pr a cinch. Next up we have POV-Ray. 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.

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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 k7r266 way very well seeing as though the ATX connector is the most bulky connector you’ll attach to a motherboard and also the rpo inflexible making a poor connector placement an extra hassle.

Before we get our hands dirty 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. Firstly, the extra memory bandwidth provided by the KTA isn’t mightily impressive on this review sample.

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

We’ll be looking to add a Flask encoding run to future reviews if possible to illustrate the performance increases across a new chipset or CPU. 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. They connect to a header on the motherboard and mirror the 4 LED’s above the audio connectors on the ATX backplane that are visible if you open the case.

Under XP is fine.

This is the first motherboard directly supporting USB 2.