With 3DMark testing overall CPU, memory and graphics performance and Sandra providing the synthetic numbers, we have pretty much all bases covered. Is it the same again, not quick, hard to implement etc and have MSI done a good job with the board? Lastly, as you can see, the PCB is bright red! The floppy connector is also grouped here which is where it should be to lessen the cable length required over a bottom edge placement. Not ideal at all. I know quite a few reviews of motherboards are done outside of a case in the confines of a testing area.

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The numbers in this benchmark fall right o7t266 line with the Reference numbers provided with Sandra in this new version. As you can see, MSI has taken the chipset and added its own twists.

k77t266 This is the second K7T Pro2 from MSI we’ve had here in Hexus labs due to time constraints in keeping the first board, but during the time k7t2666 had with it, performance was significantly lower than expected. Here we see the extra memory bandwidth of the KTA pulling its weight. 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.

Everything else is standard.

MSI MS-6380 Ver.3 MS6380 MS 6380 K7T266 Pro2 Motherboard AGP 5x PCI Infrarot Sound

A closer inspection of the CPU socket reveals something a bit more disturbing. From the diagram, we can also see the VT Southbridge implements AC’97 and MC’97 audio and modem facilities of which the manufacturer of a motherboard using this chip provides the headers and support for. A couple of BIOS tweaks and a general going over and that should be that.


Software is also installed on the operating system that stops the OS from functioning properly if the correct SmartKey isn’t detected.

Click to find out more. 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 pro life wound you reboot. 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.

Performance soound good and overall the board seems great. But what do we get over the KT? I must stress that the layout of motherboard is pure personal taste and some problem item in one case might be perfect in another.

I know quite a few reviews of motherboards are done outside of a case in the confines of a testing area.

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V-MAP chips are the same size and k7t626 the same pin compatible layout that makes this possible. It’s simple to attach your own fan, but it’s always nice to prk2 these things as standard. This board initially faired just as badly. 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.

Considering this, here’s the formal spec for the chipset. So how does the layout of the K7T Pro2 stack up? Lastly, as you can see, the PCB is bright red! Introduction MSI were kind enough to courier me their latest, not-even-on-the-website, motherboard for review, the K7T Pro2.


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

The software integrates with aound screensaver to provide extra security. Here we see the corresponding This is the first motherboard directly supporting USB 2.

All it can hope to measure accurately is the air temperature in the socket which is quite a big disappointment. 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 the way very well seeing as though soud ATX connector is the most bulky connector you’ll attach to a motherboard and also the most inflexible soud a poor connector placement an extra hassle.

The top left placement is a good choice however and gets my thumbs up. It’s certainly striking and with the gold Northbridge heatsink, I think MSI have tried to appeal to those who like to show off their PC’s in the case modding world.

MSI K7T Pro2 – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KTA Overview – CNET

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.

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. Not ideal at all.

Quake3 and 3DMark respond well to the new chipset giving us the broad impression that most OpenGL and Direct3D game performance will increase.