Introduction MSI were kind enough to courier me their latest, not-even-on-the-website, motherboard for review, the K7T Pro2. But VIA have persevered and here it is. Fitted with an all-in-one monoblock which matches the Gigabyte Aorus aesthetic. Sandra Memory Benchmark 9 x Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x So there we have them, the numbers most people will be looking for. 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. 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.
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I always like to take a look at the layout of the motherboards that pass through my system. So how do we find the MSI as a whole? However, I’ve had nothing but problems with the onboard sound driver under Windows XP. The version used doesn’t detect the Athlon MP correctly, complaining of an unknown processor stepping code.
Analysing the layout Eound always like to take a look at the layout of the motherboards that pass through my system. Considering this, here’s the formal spec for the chipset.
They connect to a header on the motherboard and mirror the 4 LED’s above the audio connectors on the ATX backplane that are visible if you open the case. The software integrates with the screensaver to provide extra security. KTA attempts to redress the balance with much increased memory bandwidth. Under XP is fine. But what do we get over the KT? There is no conventional thermistor in the socket to measure CPU temperature.
The MHz increase in clock gives us a handy increase in core CPU speed from the already impressive performance at 1. 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.
The immense room around the socket will please users of waterblocks, Swiftech’s and VapoChill units. I know quite a few reviews of motherboards are done outside of a case in the confines of a testing area.
All it can hope to measure accurately is the air temperature in the socket which is quite a big disappointment. Software is also installed on the operating system that stops the OS from functioning properly if the correct SmartKey isn’t detected.
Performance is good and overall the board seems great. 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.
Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x A smart move on VIA’s part indeed. BSOD’s do occur however and the audio stops sometimes. 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 peo2 to function.
Next up we have POV-Ray. Apart from that we see nothing unusual here.
Review: MSI K7T Pro2 – Mainboard –
There are i7t266 2 fan headers near the top edge of the board, to the left and right of the DIMM slots. 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.
Is it the same again, not quick, hard to implement etc and have MSI done a good job with the board? If the password doesn’t match up, the board refuses to boot.
MSI MS-6380 Ver.3 MS6380 MS 6380 K7T266 Pro2 Motherboard AGP 5x PCI Infrarot Sound
As you can see, the numbers fall exactly in line with the 1. Everything else is standard. Software installation was also simple. The top left placement is a good choice however and gets my thumbs up.
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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.
It’s a nice looking touch, but won’t please the overclockers looking to the K7T Pro2 as their next choice. It’s certainly striking and with the gold Northbridge prk2, I think MSI have tried souns appeal to those who like to show off their PC’s in the case modding world.