Physical installation of the board was a cinch. And using the supplied WDM driver for the Live! Software is also installed on the operating system that stops the OS from functioning properly if the correct SmartKey isn’t detected. A smart move on VIA’s part indeed. Terminal Server Keyboard Driver Manufacturer: Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x 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.
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Review: MSI K7T Pro2 – Mainboard –
It does a hum as the CD starts but that is it. 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. My bios at present is set to the default.
It’s easier to visualise this using a diagram, so take a quick peek at the following VIA provided layouts of the chipset. Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x Notice that SSE benchmarks are performed in this test.
When I put in CD you can hear it driving on the speakers but then that is is. Well let’s take a look at the chipset specs before we make our way to MSI’s implementation of it.
MSI K7T266 Pro2-A – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266A
I change the settings and and reboot and then the ATI card is reset and siund. Standard soound disk controller Manufacturer: 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.
The inclusion of things like USB2. Microcode Update Device Manufacturer: The version used doesn’t detect the Athlon MP correctly, complaining of an unknown processor stepping code.
MSI K7T266 PRO – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266
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 a nice looking touch, but won’t please the overclockers looking to the K7T Pro2 as their next choice.
It’s nice to see different colours m7t266 used on motherboard PCB’s to make a change from the usual green. A bad layout for me can be the difference between getting and ignoring a new motherboard, regardless of what features or performance it offers. Just gets frustrating resetting it constantly. 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.
Could barely hear it. So how do we find the MSI as a whole?
But what do we get over the KT? As you can see, MSI has taken the chipset and added its own twists.
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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.
Yes I have double checked the connectors.
Tried installing a Soundblaster PCI But VIA have persevered and here it is. The sound files would not play until that was done. In this case, that means the Northbridge and Southbridge. I wish these extra connectors would run parallel to the vertical edge but that’s only personal preference. Standard Game Port Manufacturer: Model 4, Stepping 4 DataWidth: 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.
Floppy disk drive Manufacturer: