It may be a component in my setup, it may be a BIOS setting tweaked wrongly but I’m sure more memory performance is there to be unlocked. Next up we have POV-Ray. One of the biggest selling points of this new wave of KTA boards is the increased performance. A Quick Note on Installation and Software. It’s a decently complex scene and should stress CPU and main memory very well. This is the first motherboard directly supporting USB 2.
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The odd niggling aspect of the design is there, but nothing to make you discard it completely. The numbers in this benchmark fall right into line with the Reference numbers provided with Sandra in this new version. Apart from that we see nothing unusual here.
VIA KT266A Motherboard Roundup – January 2002
;ro2 At MHz, the run takes 50 seconds. The RAID connectors are close to the bottom right and run 90 degrees to the rpo2 connectors. I was a bit sceptical of its position at first, but, in my case at least, it seems to get the ATX connector out of the way very well seeing as though the ATX connector is the most bulky connector you’ll attach to a motherboard and also the most inflexible making a poor connector placement an extra hassle.
A couple of BIOS tweaks and a general going over and that should be that. If the password doesn’t match up, the board refuses rpo2 boot. 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. Taking a look at the picture of the motherboard and pr2o at the top, we can see that the ATX connector is to the left of the CPU socket, right in the corner.
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Before we get to the benchmarks, let’s take a look at the test system. 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.
Not ideal at all. Thanks to The Overclocking Store. All it can hope to measure accurately is the air temperature in the socket which is quite a big disappointment. At any rate, it is so far s being slow! Next up we have the memory bandwidth benchmarks.
It just seems that something in the kt266 is holding the board back. The problem exists under Windows too, but not to the same extent. 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.
Next up we have POV-Ray. k7t2266
All in prl2 it’s a good layout with only the RAID connector orientation being the problem for me. I must point out that it has been a real struggle to get performance out of the MSI board. Here we see the extra memory bandwidth of the KTA pulling its weight. If you are a heavy gamer, it’s a nice upgrade.
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 completely.
Three operating systems, Windows 98, Windows and Windows XP were installed without any problems.
So how do we find the MSI as a whole? It may be k7tt266 component in my setup, it may be a BIOS setting tweaked wrongly but I’m sure more memory performance is there to be unlocked. The MHz increase in clock gives us a handy increase in core CPU speed from the already impressive performance at 1. The KT is almost universally regarded pr2o quite slow, hard to make work and it’s generally unloved.
I’d have preferred a less fancy actively cooled heatsink to the gold coloured passive heatsink provided.
Load of room around the socket is always a welcome bonus. So how does the layout of the K7T Pro2 stack up? Thumbs up to MSI and if they can sort out k7t26 small issues in a later revision, they can’t fail to succeed with this board.
But VIA have persevered and here it is.