I know quite a few reviews of motherboards are done outside of a case in the confines of a testing area. I’m very hopeful that a newer revision of the BIOS for the board will extract even more performance and bring things up to speed on this test setup. A closer inspection of the CPU socket reveals something a bit more disturbing. 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 may be a component in my setup, it may be a BIOS setting tweaked wrongly but I’m sure more memory performance is there to be unlocked.

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If you are into media encoding such as MP3 encoding or the creation of DivX movies you’ll be happy with the new speed. If the password doesn’t match up, the board refuses to boot.

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

It’s simple to attach your own fan, but it’s always nice to see these things as standard. One of the biggest selling points of this pri2 wave of KTA boards is the increased performance.

So how do we find the MSI as a whole? What a waste in my opinion.

Review: MSI K7T Pro2 – Mainboard –

What was the best tech product of ? It’s certainly striking and with the gold Northbridge heatsink, I think MSI have tried to appeal to those who like to show off their PC’s in the case modding world. BSOD’s do occur however and the audio stops sometimes. I didn’t install the extra Windows software component due to it being a kt266 motherboard but rest assured the hardware side of things works well. Physical installation of the board was a cinch.


Quake3 and 3DMark respond well to the new chipset giving us the broad impression that most OpenGL and Direct3D game performance will increase. Is it the same again, not quick, hard to implement etc and k7g266 MSI done a good job with the board? The inclusion of things like USB2. And using the supplied WDM driver for the Live! It just seems that something in the configuration is holding the board back.

MSI MS-6380 Ver.3 MS6380 MS 6380 K7T266 Pro2 Motherboard AGP 5x PCI Infrarot Sound

It’s a nice addition and gives ,7t266 an extra piece of mind and seems to work well. KTA attempts to redress the balance with much increased memory bandwidth. Sandra Memory Benchmark 9 x Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x So there we have them, the numbers most people will be looking for.

However, I’ve pr2o nothing but problems with the onboard sound driver under Windows XP. So what of this new chipset? Only glaring bad spots should be noted and the MSI has none. It also seems like the BIOS setup is critical.

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Soumd top left placement is a good choice however and gets my thumbs up. However, the little push rod to lever the card from the socket is flanked closely by a capacitor making it very hard to operate with k72t66 fingers, even for someone like me who has quite small hands.


The MHz increase in clock gives us a handy increase in core CPU speed from the already impressive performance at 1. It’s the little things all rolled into one that make the MSI stand out for me. 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 connector is the most bulky connector you’ll attach to a motherboard and also the most inflexible making a poor connector placement an extra hassle.

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.

We are rendering the pawns scene here at x resolution. Don’t rely too much on your own manual tweaking on the MSI to extract all the performance. As you can see, MSI has taken the chipset and added its own twists. Before we get to the benchmarks, let’s take a look at the test system.

SmartKey is also a good value addition to the K7T Pro2 package. Let’s start with Sandra first off: Considering this, here’s the formal spec for the chipset. You have to be pushing the current memory bandwidth limits on a previous chipset to really see the difference.