Board layout as we’ve discussed is fine. This board initially faired just as badly. 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. Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x However they ARE quicker and that’s what we are expecting.
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The numbers in this benchmark fall right into line with the Reference numbers provided with Sandra in this new version. 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.
Overall conclusion So how do we find the MSI as k7h266 whole? The top left placement is a good choice however and gets my thumbs up. KTA attempts to redress the balance with much increased memory bandwidth.
I must point out that it has been a real struggle to get performance out of the MSI board. I must stress pdo the layout of motherboard is pure personal taste and some problem item in one case might be perfect in another.
If the password doesn’t match up, the board refuses to boot. Well let’s take a look at the chipset specs before we make our way to MSI’s implementation of it. 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.
However, the extremely nice guys over pdo MSI were happy to work with us to try and solve our problems and a BIOS flash is finally giving us some respectable numbers.
Fitted with an all-in-one monoblock which matches the Gigabyte Aorus aesthetic. The notable additions include the USB 2.
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. Analysing the layout I always like to take a look at the layout of the motherboards that pass through my system. 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.
Sandra Memory Benchmark 9 x Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x So there we have them, the numbers most people will be looking for.
MSI K7T Pro2-A – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KTA Overview – CNET
This is in contrast to the KG7-RAID and AMD chipset where manual tweaking of the chipset settings is essential to make the board perform well and no high performance defaults setting is provided. So there we have them, the numbers most people will be looking for. A thermistor is present, but it’s a surface mount type, like a resistor and comes nowhere to touching the CPU.
There is no conventional thermistor in the socket to measure CPU temperature.
MSI K7T266 PRO – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266
Three operating systems, Windows 98, Windows and Windows XP were installed without any problems. Is it the same again, not quick, hard to implement etc and have MSI done a good job with the board?
So what of this new chipset? Board layout as we’ve discussed is fine. Apart from that we see nothing unusual here. 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. A bad layout for me can be the difference between getting and ignoring a new motherboard, regardless of what features or performance it offers.
I’d have preferred a less fancy actively cooled heatsink to the gold coloured passive heatsink provided. I know quite a few reviews of motherboards are done outside of a case in the confines of a testing area. I wish these extra connectors would run parallel to the vertical edge but that’s only personal preference. It just seems that something in the configuration is holding the board back.
And using the supplied WDM driver for the Live! Thanks to The Overclocking Store. Performance is good and overall the board seems great. 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.
However they ARE quicker and that’s what we are expecting.