Of course, the benchmarking crowd will love it. Physical installation of the board was a cinch. Otherwise, thumbs up to MSI. A thermistor is present, but it’s a surface mount type, like a resistor and comes nowhere to touching the CPU. 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. We are rendering the pawns scene here at x resolution.

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MSI K7T266 PRO – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT266

It may be a component in my setup, it may be a BIOS setting tweaked wrongly but I’m sure more memory performance kk7t266 there to be unlocked. The odd niggling aspect of the design is there, but nothing to make you discard it completely. 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. So how do we find the Peo as a whole?

At any rate, it is so far from being slow! The KT is almost universally regarded as quite slow, hard to make work and it’s generally unloved.

However, the extremely nice guys over at MSI were happy to work with us to try and solve our problems and a BIOS flash is finally giving us some respectable numbers. Considering this, here’s the formal spec for the chipset.

I know quite a few reviews of motherboards are done outside of a case in the confines of a testing area. If you are a heavy gamer, it’s a nice upgrade. It’s simple to attach your own fan, but it’s always nice to see these things as standard.


I don’t know whether it’s the test configuration since other reviews of this board seem to have great performance and there may very well be issues running the KTA on the test setup we’re using here. A Rpo Note on Installation and Software. 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. It also seems like the BIOS setup is critical. Three operating systems, Windows 98, Windows and Windows XP were installed without any problems.

Something like DivX encoding should see a handy k7t2666 in encoding speed, knocking a fair few minutes off the time of a usual full length movie encoding.

Taking a look at the picture of the motherboard and starting at the top, we can see that the ATX connector is to the left of the CPU socket, right in the corner.

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

By reading this site you agree to our cookie policy. Lastly, as you can see, the PCB is bright red! The version l7t266 doesn’t detect the Athlon MP correctly, complaining of an k7t2666 processor stepping code. Quake3 and 3DMark respond well to the new chipset giving us the broad impression that most OpenGL and Direct3D game performance will increase. Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x All it can hope to measure accurately is the air temperature in the socket which is quite a big disappointment.


It’s certainly eye catching, that’s for sure.

This board was installed fully in a case and since it shares the exact same mounting points as should all similar sized motherboards conforming to the ATX spec as the previous occupant of the case, the Abit KG7-RAID, installation was simple. The MHz increase in clock gives us a handy increase in core CPU speed from the already impressive performance at 1. All in all, not a hugely compelling upgrade over current AMD DDR solutions, but the speed increases are there to be used if you can take advantage of them.

It’s easier to visualise this using a diagram, so take a quick peek at the following VIA provided layouts of the chipset. We are rendering the pawns scene here at x resolution. I wish these extra connectors would run parallel to the vertical edge but that’s only personal preference.

So how does the layout of the K7T Pro2 stack up? It’s a nice addition and gives you an extra piece of mind and seems to work well. A couple of BIOS tweaks and a general going over and that should be that. KT has been soundly trounced by AMD in the performance stakes. Introduction MSI were kind enough to courier me their latest, not-even-on-the-website, motherboard for review, the K7T Pro2.