However, I’ve had nothing but problems with the onboard sound driver under Windows XP. The MHz increase in clock gives us a handy increase in core CPU speed from the already impressive performance at 1. With the announcement of nVidia’s nForce chipset, the mighty VIA looked like it was in quite a bit of troubleā€¦. In situations where a tall case is used, it might prove difficult to reach the connectors with the cables. It was among the slowest chipsets around and it had one glaring problem – when the bus speed exceeded MHz, USB devices stopped working. Fitted with an all-in-one monoblock which matches the Gigabyte Aorus aesthetic. Analysing the layout I always like to take a look at the layout of the motherboards that pass through my system.

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MSI K7T266 Pro 2 ver 2.0 Motherboard Review

So how do we find the MSI as a whole? What a waste in my opinion. 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 prl sense really. There are a total of 6 USB 1. It’s a nice looking touch, but won’t please the overclockers looking to the Prp Pro2 as their next choice. Taking a look at the picture of the motherboard and starting at the top, we can see that the ATX connector is to the left of the CPU socket, right in the corner.

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. On the MSI, let prk setting do all the hard work.


SmartKey is also a good value addition to the K7T O7t266 package. It just seems that something in the configuration is holding the board back. K7g266, the extremely nice guys over at MSI were happy to work with us to try and solve our problems and a BIOS flash is finally giving us some respectable numbers.

All it can hope to measure accurately is the air temperature in the socket which is quite a big disappointment. The notable additions include the USB 2. All in all it’s a good layout with only the RAID connector orientation being the problem for me. In this case, that means the Northbridge and Southbridge.

MSI K7T Pro2-RU – VIA KTA Motherboard Roundup – January

Before we get to the benchmarks, let’s take a look at the test system. Sandra Memory Benchmark 9 x Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x So there we have them, the numbers most people will be looking for. Ships with the following: This is never really the ideal situation and definitely not the best for a chipset which does quite warm during testing.

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. There are also 2 fan headers near the top edge of the board, to the left and right of the DIMM slots. So what of this new chipset? VIA Apollo KTA chipset Specifications 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.


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 indicators are located 7kt266 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. 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.

So how does the layout of the K7T Pro2 stack up? Firstly, the extra memory bandwidth provided by the KTA isn’t mightily impressive on this review sample.

MSI K7T266 Pro2, AMD Motherboard

The floppy connector ,7t266 also grouped here which is where it should be to lessen the cable length required over a bottom edge placement. 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 make it budge.

Overall conclusion So how do we k7r266 the MSI as a whole? It’s a decently complex scene and should stress CPU and main memory very well. Here are the official specifications. Windows 98, while having little testing on this motherboard, seems to be OK.

Otherwise, thumbs up to MSI. The MHz increase in clock gives us a handy increase in core CPU speed from the already impressive performance at 1.