DVD encoding is another activity that thrives on memory bandwidth. Let’s have a look at xx32 Quality, a resolution that has some real-life meaning. Overclocking The impressive overclocking options coupled with our new XP processor from AMD ensured that we would be furnished with a reasonable overclock. We used the publicly available demo so that you could compare results if need be. We’re reviewing a full production model from one the most well-regarded motherboard manufacturers, MSI Micro Star International. Being multiplier-locked, we resorted to raising the FSB one Mhz per time. One pleasant suprise for us is the estimated price.

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Our recurring theme seems to be present here.

It’s interesting to note that the codec on MSI’s board actually has ,si logo on the chip Realtek owns Avance Smi while all of the other chips are clearly labeled as Avance Logic. In today’s rather homogenous world, it’s pleasing to see a motherboard manufacturer try to make their product stand out, the vibrant red certainly does that.

The KT is slightly faster and should come-to-market at about the same price. That doesn’t change anything but we just found it interesting.

MSI KT3 Ultra-ARU – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT333 Series

Here you can see the comprehensive memory timing options available. It’s a nice feature to have, but it’s more of a novelty item in this case; we’d trade it for on-board Ethernet any day.


The results were consistent to within 0. One thing to note before comparing benchmarks is the relative running speed of the processor on both motherboards.

MSI KT3 Ultra2, Socket A, AMD (KT3ULTRA2BULK) Motherboard

Please bear these speeds in mind when comparing results. If, however, we were upgrading from an older Socket A platform, we would see no sense in buying a KTA based motherboard. We used the publicly available demo so that you could compare results if need be.


Firstly, let’s have a look at Fastest. The main IDE ports, along with the floppy mxi are located sensibly to the right of the board. One pleasant suprise for us is the estimated price. Via, the giant Taiwanese chipset maker, were there at the beginning of the Athlon’s life-cycle with the KX Let’s have a look at the results. The full title of this motherboard gives you an idea of what to expect. We’ll next turn our attention to another number-crunching activity.

A vivid kt greets you as you open the box. The RAID ports are sensibly placed at the bottom left of the board making connectivity simple. The board is essentially nsi with only the ubiquitous clear CMOS jumper making an appearance behind the third fan header.

MSI KT3 Ultra2 – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT Overview – CNET

Other system processes take their toll when running memory at DDR, such that it can’t satiate the Athlon’s memory desire. Here we see an interesting result. The manual is well written and intuitively easy to understand.


The extensive specification list informs you that this board is jam-packed with features. The weight of the unopened box is enough to inform you of that. Overall, we’re pretty pleased with the layout of the board.

DVD encoding is another activity that thrives on memory bandwidth. DVD encoding is another popular pastime of our readers. We’d hoped the KT chipset would have support for this. We know that many of our readers are interested in SETI. The might of the XP is certainly evident here.

It seems as if Via are waiting for AMD to make the first move and then follow with a compliant chipset. We’d hazard a guess that the motherboard platform is irrelevant for this test. We’re using Xmpeg 2.

The Lobby tests are known to be especially bandwidth-hungry, a fact that is borne out by our jsi.