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All in all it’s a good layout with only the RAID connector orientation being the problem for me.
Under XP is fine. Next up we have the memory bandwidth benchmarks. The plastic is there to msl the motherboards trace lines from being damaged when a heatsink is installed. Before we get to the benchmarks, let’s take a look at the test system. I must point out that it has been a real struggle to get performance out of the MSI board.
MSI K7T266 Pro2-A – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266A
The KT is almost universally regarded as quite slow, hard to make work and it’s generally unloved. We are rendering the pawns scene here at x resolution. Here we see the extra memory bandwidth of k7tt266 KTA pulling its weight. Considering this, here’s the formal spec for the chipset.
So how do we find the MSI as a whole? Fast forwarding about 9 months; nForce motherboards are nowhere to be seen and msl now have the KTA chipset, a new and improved version of the older KT As you are about to see, this seems to do wonders for performance!
It’s the little things all rolled into one that make the MSI stand out for me.
Don’t rely too much on your own manual tweaking on the MSI to extract all the performance. It’s essentially the same chip design as the KT, but with a much improved memory controller. Windows 98, while having little testing on this motherboard, seems to be OK.
MSI K7T266 PRO – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266
Sandra Memory Benchmark 9 x Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x So there we have them, the numbers most people will be looking for. 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. In this case, that means the Northbridge and Southbridge. Here are the official specifications. However, mis 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 ,7t266 small hands.
Physical installation of the board was a cinch. Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x So what of this new chipset? Apart from that we see nothing unusual here.
Support For K7T Pro | Motherboard – The world leader in motherboard design | MSI Global
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. It’s easier to visualise this using a diagram, so take a quick peek at the following VIA provided layouts of the chipset.
It’s certainly eye catching, that’s for sure. Next up we have POV-Ray.
Support For K7T Pro2 | Motherboard – The world leader in motherboard design | MSI Global
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. Software installation was also simple. The RAID connectors are close to the bottom right k7tt266 run 90 degrees to the regular connectors.
MSI also had the foresight to stick down two clear pieces of plastic beneath each of the 2 center socket clips where you attach heatsinks. The top left placement is a good choice however and gets my thumbs up. Three operating systems, Windows 98, Windows and Windows XP were installed without any problems.
Software is also installed on the operating system that stops the OS from functioning properly if the correct SmartKey isn’t detected.