There are also 2 fan headers near the top edge of the board, to the left and right of the DIMM slots. 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. 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. 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. KTA attempts to redress the balance with much increased memory bandwidth.

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It’s the little things all rolled into one that make the MSI stand out for me. Apart from that we see nothing unusual here. Thanks to The Overclocking Store.

Software is also installed on the operating system that stops the OS from functioning properly if the correct SmartKey isn’t detected. What was the aydio tech product of ? From the diagram, we can also see the VT Southbridge implements AC’97 and MC’97 audio and modem facilities of which the manufacturer of a motherboard using this chip provides the headers and support for.

Windows 98, while having little testing on this motherboard, seems to be OK. Software installation was also simple.



So there we have them, the numbers most people will be looking for. The version used doesn’t detect the Athlon MP correctly, complaining of an unknown processor stepping code.

So how do we find the MSI as a whole?

MSI K7T266 Pro2U – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266A

A couple of BIOS tweaks and a general going over and that should be that. I’ll be looking to expand the test suite over the coming weeks into aufio well rounded comprehensive test suite, something which previous Hexus reviews may possibly have lacked in the past. The answers at first glance appears to be very well and a resounding yes!

If you are into media encoding such as MP3 encoding or the creation of DivX movies you’ll be happy with the new speed. All it can hope to measure accurately is the air temperature in the socket which is quite a big disappointment. The immense room around the socket will please users of waterblocks, Swiftech’s and VapoChill units. A thermistor is present, but it’s a surface mount type, like a resistor and comes nowhere to touching the CPU.

The numbers in this benchmark fall right into line with the Reference numbers provided with Sandra in this new version.

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

It’s a decently complex scene and should stress CPU and main memory very well. It’s certainly eye catching, that’s for sure.

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. Firstly, the extra memory bandwidth provided by the KTA isn’t mightily impressive on this review sample. Performance on the MSI never dropped below the performance of the KG7-RAID when the performance issues had been ironed out so we can say with confidence that it’s faster than that board.


Here we see the extra memory bandwidth of the KTA pulling its weight. Next up we have the memory bandwidth benchmarks. In audoo case, that means the Northbridge and Southbridge. At any rate, it is so far from being slow! This is the first motherboard directly supporting USB 2.

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We are rendering the pawns scene here at x resolution. Lastly, as you can see, the PCB is bright red!

So what of this new chipset? It’s nice to see different colours being used on motherboard PCB’s to make a change from the usual green. Before we get our hands dirty in the specifications, remember a chipset is just that, a set of individual chips that k7t66 together to provide the services the AMD platform needs to function.

Everything else is standard.