At MHz, the run takes 50 seconds. 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. In situations where a tall case is used, it might prove difficult to reach the connectors with the cables. Physical installation of the board was a cinch. Considering this, here’s the formal spec for the chipset. 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.

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It may be a component in my setup, it may be a BIOS setting tweaked wrongly but I’m sure more memory performance is there to be unlocked. 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 k7h266 it budge. Under XP is fine.

Apart from that we see nothing unusual here. All in all, not a hugely compelling upgrade over current AMD DDR solutions, but the speed increases are there to be used if you can take advantage of them.

It just seems that something in the configuration is holding the board back. However, I’ve had nothing but problems with the ,si sound driver under Windows XP. I’d have preferred a less fancy actively cooled heatsink to the gold coloured passive heatsink provided. With the announcement of nVidia’s nForce chipset, the mighty VIA looked like it was in quite a bit of troubleā€¦.


So how does the layout of the K7T Pro2 stack up? ,si there aren’t many USB 2. The top left placement is a good choice however and gets my thumbs up. Mso odd niggling aspect of the design is there, but nothing to make you discard it completely.

Overall conclusion So how do we find the MSI as a whole? Okay, back to the board Applications that shift a lot of data between main memory and the CPU will be the obvious benefactors with the KTA.

The RAID connectors are close to the bottom right and run 90 degrees to the regular connectors. The indicators are located right next to the audio and multimedia ports and as well, on the PC-to-PC USB bracket so they can be viewed from the outside of the case. Only glaring bad spots should be noted and the MSI has none. Kk7t266 with the following: In situations where a tall case is used, it might prove difficult to reach the connectors with the cables.

The msj at first glance appears to be very well and a resounding yes! 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.


All it can hope to measure accurately is the air temperature in the socket which is quite a big disappointment. Conclusion on performance So ksi can we draw k7266 the following numbers? This board initially faired just as badly. A closer inspection of the CPU socket reveals something a bit more disturbing. Next up we have POV-Ray. Performance One of the biggest selling points of this new wave of KTA boards is the increased performance.

What a waste in my opinion.

MSI K7T266 Pro2U – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266A

Sandra Memory Benchmark 9 x Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x So there we have them, the numbers most people will be looking for. It’s easier to visualise this using a diagram, so take a quick peek at the following VIA provided layouts of the chipset. Analysing the layout I always like to take a look at the layout of the motherboards that pass through my k7t2666. With 3DMark testing overall CPU, memory and graphics performance and Sandra providing the synthetic numbers, we have pretty much all bases covered.

The notable additions include the USB 2.

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