What a waste in my opinion. Don’t rely too much on your own manual tweaking on the MSI to extract all the performance. 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. It also seems like the BIOS setup is critical. Perhaps this will help someone else down the road.

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Windows 98, while having little testing on this motherboard, seems to be OK. Here we see the corresponding Not ideal at all.

I must stress that the layout of motherboard is pure personal taste and some problem item in one case might be perfect in another. What a waste in my opinion. POV-Ray streams plenty of data from main memory to the CPU and back to perform its intensive calculations required to render our test scene.

Review: MSI K7T Pro2 – Mainboard –

Here are the official specifications. MSI have made a name for themselves by producing inexpensive zound highly reliable motherboards that continually manage to perform well.

Board layout as we’ve discussed is fine. On the MSI, let that setting do all the hard work. We are rendering the pawns scene here at x resolution.

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

About Us Employment K7t626 Policy. I’m new to this message board and I see I’m not the only one who has encountered a problem with no sound on this MoBo.


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 kt7266 we had with it, performance was significantly lower than expected. VIA Apollo KTA k7t266 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 essentially the same chip design as the KT, but with a much improved memory controller. There is no conventional thermistor in the socket to measure CPU temperature. It’s the little things all rolled into one that make the MSI stand out for me.

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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? There are a total of 6 USB 1. A thermistor is present, but it’s a surface mount type, like a resistor and comes nowhere to touching the CPU. 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 the system completely.

However, I’ve had nothing but problems with the onboard sound driver under Windows XP. However after months of delay, VIA essentially allowed its competition to gain a foothold in the marketplace first. One of the biggest selling suond of this new wave of KTA boards is the increased performance. So what can we draw from the following numbers? In situations where a tall case is used, it might prove difficult to reach the connectors with the cables.


Performance One of the biggest selling points of this new wave of KTA boards slund the increased performance. 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.

This board initially faired just as badly. I wish these extra connectors would run parallel to the vertical edge but that’s only sounx preference.

A Quick Note on Installation and Software. Under XP is fine. Load of room around the socket is always a welcome bonus.

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Introduction MSI were kind enough to courier me their latest, not-even-on-the-website, motherboard for review, the K7T Pro2. Software is also installed on the operating system that stops the Kt266 from functioning properly if the correct SmartKey isn’t detected. Quake3 and 3DMark respond well to the new chipset giving us the broad impression that most OpenGL and Direct3D game performance will increase.