A closer inspection of the CPU socket reveals something a bit more disturbing. It’s a decently complex scene and should stress CPU and main memory very well. Considering this, here’s the formal spec for the chipset. However they ARE quicker and that’s what we are expecting. It’s certainly eye catching, that’s for sure.

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BSOD’s do occur however and the audio stops sometimes. Performance is good and overall the board seems great. 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 plastic is there to protect the motherboards trace lines from being damaged when a heatsink is installed. If the password 22 match up, the board refuses to boot.

I was a bit sceptical of its position at first, but, in my case at least, it seems to get the ATX connector out 22 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. The problem exists under Windows too, but not to the same extent.

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

Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x It’s the little things all rolled into one that make peo MSI stand out for me. I think a VapoChill or any large heatsink would fit fine and the board provides the 4 mounting holes for a Swiftech MC heatsink. If you are a oro gamer, it’s a nice upgrade. Of course, the benchmarking crowd will love it.


Ships with the following: The manual makes not reference to the procedure to enable a working motherboard if the SmartKey is lost you can use k7t26 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. The numbers in this benchmark fall right into line with the Reference numbers provided with Sandra in this new version.

When VIA first announced their DDR chipset the KT, the whole hardware community was gearing up for quite an intense battle among the chipset makers.

So how do we find the MSI as a whole? Would it totally sweep me off my feet and carry me into a glorious world of high overclockability where DDR is the only way to go?

Introduction MSI were kind enough to courier me their latest, not-even-on-the-website, motherboard for review, the K7T Pro2. In this case, that means the Northbridge and Southbridge. A closer inspection of the CPU socket reveals something a bit more disturbing. 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.

Only glaring bad spots should be noted and the MSI has none. Otherwise, thumbs up to MSI. 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.


A couple of BIOS tweaks and a general going over and that should be that. Is it the prl again, not quick, hard to implement etc and have MSI done a good job with the board?

It’s simple to attach your own fan, but it’s always nice to see these things as standard.

I could be wrong however. Considering this, here’s the formal spec for the chipset. I didn’t install the extra Windows software component due to it being a review motherboard but rest assured the hardware kk7t266 of things works well. There are also 2 fan headers near the top edge of the board, to the left and right of the DIMM slots.

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What was the best tech product of ? Software is also installed on the operating system that stops the OS from functioning properly if the correct SmartKey isn’t detected.

Lastly, as you can see, the PCB is bright red! It also seems k7r266 the BIOS setup is critical.