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. Notice that SSE benchmarks are performed in this test. Next up we have POV-Ray. The odd niggling aspect of the design is there, but nothing to make you discard it completely. The answers at first glance appears to be very well and a resounding yes!

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Thanks to The Overclocking Store. I think a VapoChill or any large heatsink would fit fine pto2-u the board provides the 4 mounting holes for a Swiftech MC heatsink. On the MSI, let that setting do all the hard work.

The floppy connector is also grouped here which is where it should be to lessen the cable length required over a bottom edge placement. I’ll be looking to expand the test suite over the coming weeks into a well rounded comprehensive test suite, something which pro2u Hexus reviews may possibly have lacked in the past. Next up we have the memory bandwidth benchmarks.

Software is also installed on the operating system that stops the OS from functioning properly if the correct SmartKey isn’t detected.

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. Board layout as we’ve discussed is fine. POV-Ray streams plenty of data from main memory to the CPU and back to perform its intensive calculations required to pro2–u our test scene.


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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. 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. Let’s start with Sandra first off: A thermistor is present, but it’s a surface mount type, like a resistor and comes nowhere to touching the CPU.

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Okay, back to the board Not ideal at all. The immense room around the socket will please users of waterblocks, Swiftech’s and VapoChill units.

MSI were kind enough to courier me their latest, not-even-on-the-website, motherboard for review, the K7T Pro2. The top left placement is a good choice however and gets pgo2-u thumbs up. 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.

MSI K7T266 Pro2U – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266A

All it can hope to measure accurately is the air temperature in the socket which is quite a big disappointment. And using the supplied WDM driver for the Live! It’s the little things all rolled into one that make the MSI stand out for me.

As you are about to see, this seems to do wonders for performance! The jumperless aspect of the board is great since fiddling around on with jumpers to adjust things that the BIOS was made to take pro2-j of is silly.


MSI K7 K7T Pro2-U Memory Upgrade – MemoryC

The plastic is there to protect the motherboards trace lines from being damaged when a heatsink is installed. 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. Here we see the corresponding But VIA have persevered and here it is.

Quake3 and 3DMark respond well to the new chipset giving us the broad impression that most OpenGL and Direct3D game performance will increase. I could be wrong however. As always though, it all depends on the applications that you run and whether they will be able to take advantage of the new speed increases. 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.