If you are a heavy gamer, it’s a nice upgrade. 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 just seems that something in the configuration is holding the board back. Introduction MSI were kind enough to courier me their latest, not-even-on-the-website, motherboard for review, the K7T Pro2. Windows 98, while having little testing on this motherboard, seems to be OK. If you are into media encoding such as MP3 encoding or the creation of DivX movies you’ll be happy with the new speed.

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In us case, that means the Northbridge and Southbridge. Sandra Memory Benchmark 9 x Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x So there we have them, the numbers most people will be looking for. Lastly, as you can see, the PCB is bright red!

K7T Pro2-A Usb ?

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. 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.

The notable additions include the USB 2. Not ideal at all.

This means new motherboard designs using V-MAP family chips are quick and relatively painless to implement. With the announcement of nVidia’s nForce chipset, the mighty VIA looked like it was in quite a bit of troubleā€¦. Okay, back to the board Something like DivX encoding should see a handy increase in encoding speed, knocking a fair few minutes off the time of a usual full oro2 movie encoding.


Fast forwarding about 9 months; nForce motherboards are nowhere to be seen and we now have the KTA chipset, a new and improved version of the older KT However, the little push rod to lever the card from the socket is flanked k7t266 by a capacitor making it very hard to operate with your fingers, even for someone like me ;ro2 has quite small hands.

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.

MSI also had the foresight to stick down two clear pieces of plastic beneath each of the 2 center socket oro2 where you attach heatsinks. Is it the same again, not quick, hard to implement etc and have MSI done a good job with the board?

Beginners Guides Cases and Access. Considering this, here’s the formal spec for the chipset. However, I’ve had nothing but problems with the onboard sound driver under Windows XP. It’s simple to attach your own fan, but it’s always nice to see these things as standard. Fitted with an proo2 monoblock which matches the Gigabyte Aorus aesthetic.

However, the 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. At MHz, the run takes 50 seconds.

I wish these extra connectors would run parallel to the vertical edge but that’s only personal preference. Only glaring bad spots should be noted and the MSI has none. 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. Taking a look at the picture of the j7t266 and starting at the top, we can see that the ATX connector is to the left of the CPU socket, right in the corner.


Next up we have the memory bandwidth benchmarks. The problem exists under Windows too, but not to the same extent.

MSI K7T266 Pro2 USB problem

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. All it can hope to measure accurately is the air temperature in the socket prro2 is quite a big disappointment.

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.

Here we see the extra memory bandwidth of the KTA pulling its weight. The answers at first glance appears to be very well and a resounding yes!

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

It was among the slowest chipsets around and it had one glaring problem – when the bus speed exceeded MHz, USB devices stopped working. BSOD’s do occur however and the audio stops sometimes. So what of this new chipset?