A smart move on VIA’s part indeed. In this case, moving from the KT to the new A version should really be as easy as dropping the new chipset into the place of the old. The notable additions include the USB 2. Thanks to The Overclocking Store. It’s a nice addition and gives you an extra piece of mind and seems to work well.

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With 3DMark testing overall CPU, memory and graphics performance and Sandra providing the synthetic numbers, we have pretty much all bases covered.

Well let’s take a look at the chipset specs before we make our way to MSI’s implementation of it. 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. However, I’ve had nothing but problems with the onboard sound driver under Windows XP.

Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x 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. We are rendering the pawns scene here at x resolution. The notable additions include the USB 2. 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.

MSI K7T PRO – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT Overview – CNET

I must stress pto the layout of motherboard is pure personal taste and some problem item in one case might be perfect in another. And using the supplied WDM driver for the Live! Under XP is fine.


What a waste in my opinion. All in all j7t266 a good layout with only the RAID connector orientation being the problem for me. The floppy connector is also grouped here which is where it should be to lessen the cable length required over a bottom edge placement.

Fitted with an all-in-one monoblock which matches the Gigabyte Aorus aesthetic. 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. If you are a heavy gamer, it’s a nice upgrade. All it can hope to measure accurately is the air temperature in the socket which is quite a big disappointment.

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

I wish these extra connectors would run parallel to the vertical edge but that’s only personal preference. I always like to take a look at the layout of the motherboards that pass through my system.

Sandra Memory Benchmark 9 x Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x So there we have them, the numbers most people will be looking for. Everything else is standard.

Support For K7T Pro2 | Motherboard – The world leader in motherboard design | MSI Global

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. A couple of BIOS tweaks and a general going over and that should be that. Quake3 and 3DMark respond well to the new chipset giving us the broad impression that most OpenGL and Direct3D game performance will increase. A bad layout for me can be the difference between getting and ignoring a new motherboard, regardless of what features or performance it offers.


This is the second K7T Pro2 from MSI we’ve had here in Hexus labs due to time constraints in keeping the first board, but during the time we had with it, performance was significantly lower than expected. Test software comprises the usual suspects, MadOnion’s 3DMark and SiSoft Sandra current versionI’ve also added a couple of benchmarks you don’t usually see, notably Distributed.

The immense room around the socket will please users of waterblocks, Swiftech’s and VapoChill units. Thanks to The Overclocking Store. What was the best tech product of ? At any rate, it is so far from being slow! Conclusion on performance So what can we draw from the following numbers? If kt266 password doesn’t match up, the board refuses to boot.

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