Here are the official specifications. 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 to the benchmarks, let’s take a look at the test system. The numbers in this benchmark fall right into line with the Reference numbers provided with Sandra in this new version. Can’t install PTLE 6.

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

I must point out that it has been a real struggle to get performance out of the MSI board. 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.

Quake3 and 3DMark respond well to the new pro giving us the broad impression that most OpenGL and Direct3D game performance will increase. The odd niggling aspect of the design is there, but nothing to make you discard it completely. I know quite a few reviews of motherboards are done outside of audoo case in the confines of a testing area.

VIA KT266A Motherboard Roundup – January 2002

But VIA have persevered and here it is. With the announcement of nVidia’s nForce chipset, the mighty VIA looked like it was j7t266 quite a bit of troubleā€¦. Direct Sound AC97 Audio. Apart from that we see nothing unusual here. It just seems that something in the configuration is holding the board back. It’s simple to attach your own fan, but it’s always nice to see these things as standard. Hi, In short term, I’m going to buy the Digi system. If you are into media encoding such as MP3 encoding or the creation of DivX movies you’ll be happy with the new audi.


It was among the slowest chipsets around and it had one glaring problem – when the bus speed exceeded MHz, USB devices stopped working. 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.

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. 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. The notable additions include the USB 2. Software is also installed on the operating system that stops the OS from functioning properly if the correct SmartKey isn’t detected.

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The top left placement is a good choice however and gets my thumbs up. SYS driver, BSOD’s on shutdown and the sound randomly seems to j7t266 at any point during using the audio and doesn’t come back to life until you reboot.

I too am thinking of purchasing this board.

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

Mostly because it is the brand my local store carries this brand and if I have problems I’d like a lro2 and mortor location nearby.


I’ll be looking to expand the test suite over the coming weeks into a well rounded comprehensive test suite, something which previous Hexus reviews may possibly have lacked in the past.

I’ve heard that Corsair is making some great chips too. If the password doesn’t match up, the board refuses to boot. The plastic is there to protect the motherboards trace lines from being damaged when a heatsink is installed.

KT has been soundly trounced by AMD in the performance stakes.

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. So what of this new chipset?

Considering this, here’s the formal spec for the chipset. Sun Valley, ID Posts: Let’s start with Sandra first off: With 3DMark testing overall CPU, memory and graphics performance and Sandra providing the synthetic numbers, we have pretty much all bases covered. 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.