One of the biggest selling points of this new wave of KTA boards is the increased performance. Overall conclusion So how do we find the MSI as a whole? Load of room around the socket is always a welcome bonus. KT has been soundly trounced by AMD in the performance stakes. 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.

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The manual makes not reference to the procedure to enable a working motherboard if the SmartKey is lost you can use a new SmartKey as long as you provide the correct password and the password is then copied to the new SmartKey and you enter the wrong password 3 times, locking the BIOS and i7t266 system completely.

Firstly, the extra memory bandwidth provided by the KTA isn’t mightily impressive on this review sample.

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. There is no conventional thermistor in the socket to measure CPU temperature. By reading this site you agree to our cookie policy. 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.

MSI K7T266 PRO – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266

VIA Apollo KTA chipset Specifications Before we get our hands dirty in the specifications, remember a chipset is i7t266 that, a set of individual chips that work together to provide the services the AMD platform needs to function. This is the first motherboard directly supporting USB 2.


Applications that shift a lot of data between main memory and the CPU will be the obvious benefactors with the KTA. A thermistor is present, but it’s a surface mount type, like a resistor and comes nowhere to touching the CPU. A smart peo on VIA’s part indeed.

Overall conclusion So how do we find the MSI as a whole? It’s certainly eye catching, that’s for sure.

MSI K7T PRO – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT Overview – CNET

So how do we find the MSI as a whole? 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.

Test software comprises the usual suspects, MadOnion’s 3DMark and SiSoft Sandra current versionI’ve also added a couple of benchmarks you don’t usually see, notably Distributed. Kt266 just seems that something in the configuration is holding the board back.

If the password doesn’t match up, the board refuses to boot. However, proo 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.

A bad layout for me can be the j7t266 between getting and ignoring a new motherboard, regardless of what features or performance it offers. Everything else is standard. However they ARE quicker and that’s what we are expecting.

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

Is it the same again, not quick, hard to implement etc and have MSI done a good job with the board? This is in contrast to the KG7-RAID and AMD chipset where manual tweaking of the chipset settings is essential to make k7t66 board perform well and no high performance defaults setting is provided. Analysing the layout I always like to take a look at the layout of the motherboards that pass through my system. I was a bit sceptical of its position at first, but, in my case po least, it seems to get the ATX connector out of the way very well seeing as though the ATX connector is the most bulky connector you’ll attach to a motherboard and also the most inflexible making a poor connector placement an extra hassle.


I must point out that it has been a real struggle to get performance out of the MSI board. Next up we have POV-Ray. So what of this new chipset? Here we k7h266 the corresponding All in all it’s a good layout with only the RAID connector orientation being the problem for me. I don’t know whether it’s the test configuration since other reviews of this board seem to have great performance and there may very well be issues running the KTA on the test setup we’re using here.

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. Three operating systems, Windows 98, Windows and Windows XP were installed without any problems.

pgo Let’s start with Sandra first off: The version used doesn’t detect the Athlon MP correctly, complaining of an unknown processor stepping code. I always like to take a look at the layout of the motherboards that pass through my system.