One of the biggest selling points of this new wave of KTA boards is the increased performance. Windows 98, while having little testing on this motherboard, seems to be OK. If you are into media encoding such as MP3 encoding or the creation of DivX movies you’ll be happy with the new speed. Not ideal at all. SmartKey is also a good value addition to the K7T Pro2 package. It’s the little things all rolled into one that make the MSI stand out for me.

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Firstly, the extra memory bandwidth provided by the KTA isn’t mightily impressive on this review sample. What was oro2 best tech product of ? 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.

[H]ard OCP Do The MSI KT266 Pro2

Performance One ky266 the biggest selling points of this new wave of KTA boards is the increased performance. Of course, the benchmarking crowd will love it. The notable additions include the USB 2.

We’ll be looking to add a Flask encoding run to future reviews if possible to illustrate the performance increases across a new chipset ktt266 CPU. Okay, back to the board 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.


Motherboard: MSI KT266 Pro2 Review ::

Before we get to the benchmarks, let’s take a look at the test system. Under XP is fine. Introduction MSI were kind enough to courier me their latest, not-even-on-the-website, motherboard for msk, the K7T Pro2.

I know quite a few reviews of motherboards are done outside of a case in the confines of a testing area. Here are the official specifications.

MSI™ Introducing VIA® KTA Motherboard-K7T Pro2-RU | MSI Global

There are also 2 fan headers near the top edge of the board, to the left and right of the DIMM slots. Fast forwarding about 9 months; nForce motherboards are nowhere to be seen and we now have msl KTA chipset, a new and improved version kt26 the older KT MSI also had the foresight to stick down two clear pieces of plastic beneath each of the 2 center socket clips where you attach heatsinks.

A thermistor is present, but it’s a surface mount type, like a resistor and comes nowhere to touching the CPU. The software integrates with the screensaver to provide extra security.

Lastly, as you can see, the PCB is bright red! All it can hope to measure accurately is the air temperature in the socket which is quite a big disappointment.

Support For K7T Pro2-A | Motherboard – The world leader in motherboard design | MSI Global

In this case, moving from the KT to the new A version should really be as easy as dropping the new chipset into the place of the old. Ships with the following: This is the first motherboard directly supporting USB 2. It’s a nice looking touch, but won’t please the overclockers looking to the K7T Pro2 as their next choice. SmartKey is also a good value addition to the K7T Pro2 package. It’s nice to see different colours being used on motherboard PCB’s to make a change from the usual green.


Would it totally sweep me off my feet and carry me into a glorious world of high overclockability where DDR is the only way to go? MSI have made a name for themselves by producing inexpensive and highly reliable motherboards that continually manage to perform well. In this case, that means the Northbridge and Southbridge. It’s a nice addition and gives you an extra piece of mind and seems to work well.

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. Three operating systems, Windows 98, Windows and Windows XP were installed without any problems. It also seems like the BIOS setup is critical. So how do we find the MSI as a whole?