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. If you are into media encoding such as MP3 encoding or the creation of DivX movies you’ll be happy with the new speed. It’s a nice looking touch, but won’t please the overclockers looking to the K7T Pro2 as their next choice. Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x The MHz increase in clock gives us a handy increase in core CPU speed from the already impressive performance at 1.

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Analysing the layout I always like to take a look at the layout of the motherboards that pass through my system.

The manual makes not reference to the procedure to enable a working motherboard if the SmartKey is lost you can use a new SmartKey as long as you provide the correct password and the password is then copied to the new SmartKey and you enter the wrong password 3 times, locking the BIOS and the system rpo2.

Don’t rely ;ro2 much on your own manual tweaking on the MSI to extract all the performance. I must point out that it has been a real struggle to get performance out of the MSI board. The k7266 connector is also grouped here which is where it should be to lessen the cable length required over a bottom edge placement.

Load of room around the socket is always a welcome bonus.

MSI MS Ver.3 MS MS K7T Pro2 Motherboard AGP 5x PCI Infrarot Sound

Fitted with an all-in-one monoblock which matches the Gigabyte Aorus aesthetic. I’d have preferred a less fancy actively cooled heatsink to the gold coloured passive heatsink provided. KTA attempts sohnd redress the balance with much increased memory bandwidth. 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. However, the little push rod to lever the card pro the socket is flanked closely by a capacitor making it very hard to operate with your fingers, even for someone like me who has quite small hands.


The numbers in this benchmark fall right into line with the Reference numbers provided with Sandra in this new version. V-MAP chips are the same size and have the same pin compatible layout that makes this possible. It’s a nice addition and gives you an extra piece of mind and seems to work well. Physical installation of the board was a cinch. This board was installed fully in a case and since it shares the exact same mounting points as wound all similar sized motherboards conforming to the ATX spec as the previous occupant of the case, the Abit KG7-RAID, l7t266 was simple.

MSI K7T Pro2-A – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KTA Overview – CNET

The notable additions include the USB 2. As you can see, the numbers fall exactly in line with the 1. A Quick Note on Installation and Software.

Thumbs up to MSI and if they can siund out the small issues in a later revision, they can’t fail to succeed with this board. The odd niggling aspect of the design is there, but nothing to make you discard it completely.


You have to be pushing the current memory bandwidth limits on a previous chipset to really see the difference. The version used doesn’t detect the Athlon MP correctly, complaining of an unknown processor stepping code. If you are a heavy gamer, it’s a nice upgrade. I didn’t install the extra Windows software component due to it being a review motherboard but rest assured the hardware side of things works well.

However they ARE quicker and that’s what we are expecting. I slund a VapoChill or any large heatsink would fit fine and the board provides the 4 mounting holes for a Swiftech MC heatsink. 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.

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Software is also installed on the operating system that stops the OS from functioning properly if the correct SmartKey isn’t detected. 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. Next up we have the memory bandwidth benchmarks. I know quite a few reviews of motherboards are done outside of a case in the confines of a testing area.

Not ideal at all.

It just seems that something in the configuration is holding the board back. And using the supplied WDM driver for the Live!

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