The version used doesn’t detect the Athlon MP correctly, complaining of an unknown processor stepping code. All in all it’s a good layout with only the RAID connector orientation being the problem for me. It’s a nice looking touch, but won’t please the overclockers looking to the K7T Pro2 as their next choice. With 3DMark testing overall CPU, memory and graphics performance and Sandra providing the synthetic numbers, we have pretty much all bases covered. Not ideal at all. The problem exists under Windows too, but not to the same extent. Analysing the layout I always like to take a look at the layout of the motherboards that pass through my system.
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As you can see, the numbers fall exactly in line with the 1.
MSI K7T266 Pro2-A – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266A
Performance on the MSI never dropped below the performance of the KG7-RAID when the performance issues had been ironed out so we can say with confidence that it’s faster than that 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.
Everything else is standard. The top left placement is a good choice however and gets my thumbs up. For the average home user playing a k7t26 games here and there and using office application on something like the AMD platform, the upgrade doesn’t make sense really.
It was run at default clocks and display settings at 9 x just to check that everything was working as kt266 as the KTA AGP driver was concerned and the following score illustrates that perfectly.
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This is the second K7T Pro2 from MSI we’ve had here in 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. The problem exists under Windows too, but oro to the same extent.
The software integrates with the screensaver to provide extra security. Applications that shift a lot of data between main memory and the CPU will be the obvious benefactors with the KTA. Software is also installed on the operating system that stops the OS from functioning properly lro the correct SmartKey isn’t detected.
It just seems that something in the configuration is holding the board back. Otherwise, thumbs up to MSI. Conclusion on performance So what can we draw from the following numbers? So how does the layout of the K7T Pro2 stack up? KTA attempts to redress the balance with much increased memory bandwidth. Next up we have the memory bandwidth benchmarks.
The numbers in this benchmark fall right into line with the Reference numbers provided with Sandra in this new version. Something like DivX encoding should see a handy increase in encoding speed, knocking a fair few minutes off the time of a usual full length movie encoding.
All it can hope to measure accurately is the air temperature in the socket por is quite a big disappointment. Firstly, the extra memory bandwidth provided by the KTA isn’t mightily impressive on this review sample.
This means new motherboard designs using V-MAP family chips are quick and relatively painless to implement. 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. It’s nice to see different colours being used on motherboard PCB’s to make a change from the usual green. Lastly, as you can see, the PCB is bright red!
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.
j7t266 So what can we draw from the following numbers? MSI were kind enough to courier me their latest, not-even-on-the-website, motherboard for review, the K7T Pro2.
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KT has been soundly trounced by AMD in the performance stakes. It’s easier to visualise this using a diagram, so take a pfo peek at the following VIA provided layouts of the chipset. 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.
Physical installation of the board was a cinch. But what do we get over the KT? It’s certainly eye catching, that’s for sure.