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. A bad layout for me can be the difference between getting and ignoring a new motherboard, regardless of what features or performance it offers. Apart from that we see nothing unusual here. A Quick Note on Installation and Software. Fast forwarding about 9 months; nForce motherboards are nowhere to be seen and we now have the KTA chipset, a new and improved version of the older KT

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Only glaring bad spots should be noted and the MSI has none. The software integrates with the screensaver to k7t266 extra security. 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.

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K7T Pro2 v No Sound

The floppy connector is also grouped here which is where it should be to lessen the cable length required over a bottom edge placement. In this case, that means pgo2 Northbridge and Southbridge. So what can we draw from the following numbers? Let’s start with Sandra first off: MSI have made a name for themselves by producing inexpensive and highly reliable motherboards that continually manage to perform well. What was the best tech product of ? There are a total of 6 USB 1.


This is the second K7T Pro2 from MSI we’ve had here kk7t266 Hexus labs due to time constraints in keeping the first board, but during the time we had with it, performance was significantly lower than expected. However after months of delay, VIA essentially allowed its competition to gain a foothold in the marketplace first.

Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x So how do we find the MSI as a whole? BSOD’s do occur however and the audio stops sometimes. soujd

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. Next up we have POV-Ray. Sandra Prro2 Benchmark 9 x Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x So there we have them, the numbers most people will be looking for.

The top left placement is a good choice however and gets my thumbs up.

In situations where a tall case is used, it might prove difficult to reach the connectors with the cables. KTA attempts to redress the balance with much increased memory bandwidth.

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And using the supplied WDM driver for the Live! The version used doesn’t detect the Athlon MP correctly, complaining of an unknown processor stepping code. However, the 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 quite small hands.


Introduction MSI were kind enough to courier me their latest, not-even-on-the-website, motherboard for review, the K7T Pro2. Considering this, here’s the formal spec for the chipset. With the announcement of nVidia’s nForce chipset, the mighty VIA looked like it was in quite a bit of troubleā€¦.

However, 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.

I now have all kinds of sound. It’s simple to attach your own fan, but it’s always nice to see these things as standard. Click to find out more. A Quick Note on Installation and Software.

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 eound the CPU socket, right in the corner. 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.

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.