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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. Next up we have the memory bandwidth benchmarks. BSOD’s do occur however and the audio stops sometimes. 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 MHz increase in clock gives us a handy increase in core CPU speed from the already impressive performance at 1. Load of room around the socket is always a welcome bonus.
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Well let’s take a look at the chipset specs before we make our way to MSI’s implementation of it. Otherwise, thumbs up to MSI. It’s a nice addition and gives you an extra piece of mind and seems to work well. I didn’t install the extra Windows software component due to it being a review motherboard but rest assured the hardware side of things works well.
What a waste in my opinion. Here are the official specifications.
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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. It’s simple to attach your own fan, prp it’s always nice to see these things as standard. A thermistor is present, but it’s a surface mount type, like a resistor and comes nowhere to touching the CPU. With 3DMark testing overall CPU, memory and prk performance and Sandra providing the synthetic numbers, we have pretty much all bases covered.
I wish these extra connectors would run parallel to the vertical edge but that’s only personal preference.
MSI K7T266 PRO – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266
I must stress that the layout of motherboard is pure personal taste and some problem item in one case might be perfect in another. This is in contrast to the KG7-RAID and AMD chipset where manual tweaking of the chipset settings is essential to k7266 the board perform well and no high performance defaults setting is provided.
I must point out that it has been a real struggle to get performance out of the MSI board. At MHz, the run takes 50 seconds.
Review: MSI K7T Pro2 – Mainboard –
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.
So how does the layout of the K7T Pro2 stack up?
Windows 98, while having little testing on this motherboard, seems to be OK. 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.
MSI K7T266 Pro2-A – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266A
V-MAP chips are the same size and have the same pin compatible layout that makes this possible. Before we get to the benchmarks, let’s take a look at the test system. At any rate, it is so far from being slow!
However they ARE quicker and that’s what we are expecting. Let’s start with Sandra first off: VIA Apollo KTA chipset ,7t266 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.
A Quick Note on Installation and Software. Is it the same again, not quick, hard to implement etc and have MSI done a good job with the board?
KTA attempts to redress the balance with much increased memory bandwidth. Don’t rely too much on your own manual tweaking on the MSI to extract all the performance. Here we see the corresponding I think a VapoChill or any large heatsink would fit fine and the board provides the 4 mounting holes for a Swiftech MC heatsink.
But VIA have persevered and here it is. 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.
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. Notice that SSE benchmarks are performed in this test.