A closer inspection of the CPU socket reveals something a bit more disturbing. Load of room around the socket is always a welcome bonus. 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? Quake3 and 3DMark respond well to the new chipset giving us the broad impression that most OpenGL and Direct3D game performance will increase. MSI were kind enough to courier me their latest, not-even-on-the-website, motherboard for review, the K7T Pro2. The notable additions include the USB 2.
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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? The inclusion of things like USB2.
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What a waste in my opinion. There is no conventional thermistor in the socket to measure CPU temperature. Three operating systems, Windows 98, Windows and Windows XP were installed without any problems.
Physical installation of the board was a cinch. The problem exists under Windows too, but not to the same extent. In situations where a tall case is used, it might prove difficult to reach the connectors with the cables.
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And using the supplied WDM driver for the Live! Analysing the layout I always like to take a look at the layout of the motherboards that pass through my system.
Of course, the benchmarking crowd will love it. Sandra Memory Benchmark 9 x Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x So there we have them, the numbers most people will be looking for. While I think comparing temperatures, even across identical motherboards is a futile exercise, being able to measure CPU temperature as accurately as possible on the board in use is very important and the MSI can’t hope to do this unfortunately.
MSI K7TPro2 RU Motherboard Review –
If you are a heavy gamer, it’s a nice upgrade. 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. I was a bit sceptical of its position at first, but, in my case at least, it seems to get the ATX connector out of the way very well seeing as though the ATX pr2 is the most bulky connector you’ll attach to a motherboard and also the most inflexible making a poor connector placement an extra hassle.
Only glaring bad spots should be noted and the MSI has none.
It’s the little things all rolled into one that make the MSI stand out for me. MSI were kind enough to courier me their latest, not-even-on-the-website, motherboard for review, the K7T Pro2. 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. 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.
Here we see the extra memory bandwidth of the KTA pulling its weight. You have to be pushing the current memory bandwidth limits on a previous chipset to really see the difference. 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.
Before we get to the benchmarks, let’s take a look at the test system. Lastly, as you can see, the PCB is bright red!
MSI K7T Pro2-RU – VIA KTA Motherboard Roundup – January
For the average home user playing a few games here and there and using office application on something like the AMD platform, the upgrade doesn’t make sense really. 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. The software integrates with the screensaver to provide extra security.
I must point out that it has been a real struggle to get performance out of the MSI board. KT has been soundly trounced by AMD in the performance stakes. This is an optional feature and one we were very glad to see MSI had included on the board.