V-MAP chips are the same size and have the same pin compatible layout that makes this possible. Fast forwarding about 9 months; nForce motherboards are nowhere to be seen and we now have the KTA chipset, a new and improved version of the older KT Next up we have the memory bandwidth benchmarks. As you are about to see, this seems to do wonders for performance! The capacitor placement fouls the ability of the retention mechanism to work well and you have to resort to poking at the lever with something in an attempt to make it budge.

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I could be wrong however. So what can we draw from the following numbers?

MSI K7T Pro2U – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KTA Overview – CNET

A closer inspection of the CPU socket reveals something a bit more disturbing. This is never really the ideal situation and definitely not the best for a chipset k7r266 does quite warm during testing. V-MAP chips are the same size and have the same pin compatible layout that makes this possible. All in all, not a hugely compelling upgrade over current Mis DDR solutions, but the speed increases are there to be used if you can take advantage of them.

If you are into media encoding such as MP3 encoding or the creation of DivX movies you’ll be happy with the new speed. Three operating systems, Windows 98, Windows and Windows XP were installed without any problems. 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.


Performance on the MSI never dropped below the performance of the KG7-RAID when the k7t26 issues had been ironed out so we can say with confidence that it’s faster than that board. It also seems like the BIOS setup is critical.

Board layout as we’ve discussed is fine. The problem exists under Windows too, but not to the same extent. So how do we find the MSI as a whole? Here we see the extra memory bandwidth of the KTA pulling its weight. Notice that SSE benchmarks are performed in this test. The numbers in this benchmark fall right into line with the Reference numbers provided with Sandra in this new version. 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.

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. The KT is almost universally regarded as quite slow, hard to make work and it’s generally unloved.

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However they ARE quicker and that’s what we are expecting. Only glaring bad spots should be noted and the MSI has none.

You have to be pushing the current ,si bandwidth limits on a previous chipset to really see the difference. The software integrates with the screensaver to provide extra security. Windows 98, while having little testing on this motherboard, seems to be OK.


I’m very hopeful that a newer revision of the BIOS for the board will extract even more performance and bring pro-2u up to speed on this test setup. 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.

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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. All it can hope k7t626 measure accurately is the air temperature in the socket which is quite a big disappointment.

A couple of BIOS tweaks and a general going over and that should be that. We are rendering the pawns scene here at x resolution.

This k7266 initially faired just as badly. 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? Let’s start with Sandra first off: This is the first motherboard directly supporting USB 2.