K7T266 AUDIO DRIVER
There are also 2 fan headers near the top edge of the board, to the left and right of the DIMM slots. Apart from that we see nothing unusual here. 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. BSOD’s do occur however and the audio stops sometimes. Next up we have POV-Ray. It’s simple to attach your own fan, but it’s always nice to see these things as standard. KT has been soundly trounced by AMD in the performance stakes.
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A closer inspection of the CPU socket reveals something a bit more disturbing.
Thanks to The Overclocking Store. KTA attempts to redress the balance with much increased memory bandwidth.
I’d have preferred a less fancy actively cooled heatsink to the gold coloured passive heatsink provided. It’s certainly striking and with the gold Northbridge heatsink, I think MSI have akdio to appeal to those who like to show off their PC’s in the case modding world.
I always like to take a look at the layout of the motherboards that pass through my system. Finally before we hit the pretty pictures, the tests are performed at the default system speed of Mhz 9 x and Mhz 9 x showing the improvements to be gained both in clock speed and memory bandwidth via a higher front side bus clock.
Well let’s take a look at the chipset specs before we make our way to MSI’s implementation of it.
Windows 98, while having little testing on this motherboard, seems to be OK. The top left placement is a good choice however and gets my thumbs up.
MSI K7T266 Pro2U – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266A
This board initially faired just as badly. Next up we have POV-Ray. However, the little push rod to lever the card from the socket is ajdio closely by a capacitor making it very hard to operate with your fingers, even auddio someone like me who has quite small hands. Notice that SSE benchmarks are performed in this test. Click to find out more. But what do we get over the KT? However, I’ve had nothing but problems with the onboard sound driver under Windows XP.
The floppy connector is also grouped here which is where it should be to lessen the cable length required over a bottom edge placement. It also seems like the BIOS setup is critical. It’s the little things all rolled into one that make the MSI stand out for me.
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POV-Ray streams plenty of data from main memory to the CPU and back to perform its intensive calculations required to render our test scene. It’s nice to see different colours being used on motherboard PCB’s to make a change from the usual green. As you can see, the numbers fall exactly in line with the 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.
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.
This is the first motherboard directly supporting USB 2. Don’t rely too much on your own manual tweaking on the MSI to extract all the performance. Before we get to the benchmarks, let’s take a look at the test system. What a waste in k7t66 opinion. The inclusion of things like USB2. BSOD’s do occur however and the audio stops sometimes.
MSI K7T266 Pro2 – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266A Series
I think a VapoChill or any large heatsink would fit fine and the board provides the 4 mounting holes for a Swiftech MC heatsink. Under XP is fine. So how do we find the MSI as a whole? 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.
Everything else is standard. 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.