January 4, 2021

The version used doesn’t detect the Athlon MP correctly, complaining of an unknown processor stepping code. It’s simple to attach your own fan, but it’s always nice to see these things as standard. Otherwise, thumbs up to MSI. 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. 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. Of course, this board isn’t perfect, there are a few things I would have liked to have seen done like removing the AMR and dropping in an extra PCI slot.

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Here are the official specifications. The jumperless aspect of the board is great since fiddling around on with jumpers to adjust things that the BIOS was made to take care of is silly.

It’s essentially the same chip design as the KT, but with a much improved memory controller. I could be wrong however. POV-Ray streams plenty of data from main memory to msk CPU and back to perform its intensive calculations required to render our test scene.

[H]ard OCP Do The MSI KT Pro2

Before we get our hands dirty in the specifications, mdi a chipset is just that, a set of individual chips that work together to provide the services the AMD platform needs to function. I must point out that it has been a real struggle to get performance out of the MSI board. 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.


This means new motherboard designs using V-MAP family chips are quick and relatively painless to implement. Conclusion on performance So what can we draw from the following numbers?

VIA KT266A Motherboard Roundup – January 2002

But VIA have persevered and here it is. Here we see the corresponding Applications that shift a lot of data between main memory and the CPU will be the obvious benefactors with peo2 KTA.

Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x A bad layout for me can be the difference between getting and ignoring a new motherboard, regardless of what features or performance it offers.

So there we have them, rpo2 numbers most people will be looking for. Not ideal at all. It’s a nice looking touch, but won’t please the overclockers looking to the K7T Pro2 as their next choice.

The indicators are located right next to the audio and multimedia ports mmsi as well, on the PC-to-PC USB bracket so they can be viewed from the outside of the case. Physical installation of the board was a cinch.

MSI™ Introducing VIA® KTA Motherboard-K7T Pro2-RU | MSI Global

The RAID connectors are close to the bottom right and run 90 degrees to the regular connectors. It was among the slowest chipsets around and it had one glaring problem – when the bus speed exceeded MHz, USB devices stopped working. Well let’s take a look at the chipset specs before we make our way to MSI’s implementation of it.


Everything else is standard. In this case, that means the Northbridge and Southbridge. Ksi operating systems, Windows 98, Windows and Windows XP were installed without any problems. Otherwise, thumbs up to MSI. However after months of delay, VIA essentially allowed its competition to gain a foothold in the marketplace first.

But what do we get over the KT?

[H]ard OCP Do The MSI KT266 Pro2

We’ll be looking to add a Flask encoding run to future reviews if possible to illustrate the performance increases across a new chipset or CPU. Here we see kt2266 extra memory bandwidth of the KTA pulling its weight.

There are a total of 6 USB 1. It’s easier to visualise this using a diagram, so take a quick 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 ot266.

What was the best tech product of ? A couple of BIOS tweaks and a general going over and that should be that.