Lastly, as you can see, the PCB is bright red! Of course, this board isn’t perfect, there are a few things I would have liked to have seen done like removing the AMR and dropping in an extra PCI slot. The manual makes not reference to the procedure to enable a working motherboard if the SmartKey is lost you can use a new SmartKey as long as you provide the correct password and the password is then copied to the new SmartKey and you enter the wrong password 3 times, locking the BIOS and the system completely. At MHz, the run takes 50 seconds. In this case, that means the Northbridge and Southbridge.

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So what can we draw from the following numbers? Apart from that we see nothing unusual here. So what of this new chipset? It’s simple to attach your own fan, but it’s always nice to see these things as standard.

MSI K7T266 Pro2-RU KT266A Motherboard Review

Overall conclusion So how do we find the MSI as a whole? The numbers in this benchmark fall right into line with the Reference numbers provided with Sandra in this new version. There are a total of 6 USB 1.

So how do we find the MSI as a whole? I know quite a few reviews of motherboards are done outside of a case in the confines of a testing area.

When the KT chipset was eventually released, it was met with quite a bit of disappointment. 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. With 3DMark testing overall CPU, memory and graphics performance and Sandra providing the synthetic numbers, we have pretty much all bases covered.


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. Under Msj is fine. Ships with the following: It’s the little things all rolled into one that make the MSI stand out for me. I would dearly love to know if anyone has a suggestion or a solution.

MSI K7T Pro2-RU KTA Motherboard Review | PC Perspective

The RAID connectors are close to the bottom right and run 90 degrees to the regular connectors. 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. Performance on the MSI rpo2 dropped below the performance of the KG7-RAID when the performance issues had been ironed out so we can say with confidence mzi it’s faster than that board.

Beginners Guides Cases and Access. But what do we get over the KT? There is no conventional thermistor in the socket to measure CPU temperature. While I think comparing temperatures, even across identical motherboards is a futile exercise, suond 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.

Performance One of the biggest selling points of this new wave of KTA boards is the increased performance. I think a VapoChill or any large heatsink would fit fine and the board provides the 4 mounting holes for a Swiftech MC heatsink. This is an optional feature and one we were very glad to see MSI had included on the board.


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

I could be wrong however. Finally before we hit the pretty pictures, the tests are performed at the default system speed of Mhz 9 x and Mhz 9 x showing the improvements to be gained both in clock speed and memory bandwidth via a higher front side bus clock. The jumperless aspect of the board is great since fiddling around on with jumpers to adjust things that the BIOS was made to take care of is silly. This means new motherboard designs using V-MAP family chips are quick k7r266 relatively painless ;ro2 implement.

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.

As you can see, the numbers fall exactly in line with the 1. On the MSI, let that setting do all the hard work.

It also seems like the BIOS setup is critical.