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. Lastly, as you can see, the PCB is bright red! Everything else is standard. So what can we draw from the following numbers? 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. Otherwise, thumbs up to MSI. The RAID connectors are close to the bottom right and run 90 degrees to the regular connectors.
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Quake3 and 3DMark respond well to the new chipset giving us the broad impression that most OpenGL and Direct3D game performance will increase.
K7T Pro2 Sound Driver problems
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 souhd board.
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. I must stress that the layout of motherboard is pure personal taste and some problem item in one case might be perfect in another.
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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.
You have to be pushing the current memory bandwidth limits on a previous chipset to really see the difference. Lastly, as you can see, the PCB is bright red! SmartKey is also a good value addition to the K7T Pro2 package. BSOD’s do occur however and the audio stops sometimes.
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. Overall conclusion So how do we find the MSI as a whole?
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On the MSI, let that setting do all the hard work. Physical installation of the board was a cinch. The problem exists under Windows too, but not to the same extent.
Thumbs up to MSI and if they can sort out the small issues in a later revision, they can’t fail to succeed with this board. The notable additions include the USB 2. 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 kt266 perfectly.
If you are into media encoding such as MP3 encoding or the creation of DivX movies you’ll be happy with the new speed. Here we see the corresponding I wish these extra connectors k7f266 run parallel to the vertical edge but that’s only personal preference. Considering this, here’s the formal spec for the chipset. MSI were kind enough to courier me their latest, not-even-on-the-website, motherboard for review, the K7T Pro2. Three operating systems, Windows 98, Windows and Windows XP were installed without any problems.
So what of this new chipset? So how do we find the MSI as a whole? A bad layout for me can be the difference between getting and ignoring a new motherboard, regardless of what features or performance it offers. Well let’s take a look at the chipset specs before we make our way to MSI’s implementation of it.
So how does the layout of the K7T Pro2 stack up?
This means new motherboard designs using V-MAP family chips are quick and relatively painless to implement. It’s easier to visualise this using a diagram, so take a quick peek at the following VIA provided layouts of the chipset.
I think a VapoChill or any large heatsink would fit fine and the board provides the 4 mounting holes for a Swiftech MC heatsink.