K7T266 PRO2 SOUND DRIVER
They connect to a header on the motherboard and mirror the 4 LED’s above the audio connectors on the ATX backplane that are visible if you open the case. Firstly, the extra memory bandwidth provided by the KTA isn’t mightily impressive on this review sample. Of course, the benchmarking crowd will love it. The RAID connectors are close to the bottom right and run 90 degrees to the regular connectors. I must point out that it has been a real struggle to get performance out of the MSI board. Fitted with an all-in-one monoblock which matches the Gigabyte Aorus aesthetic.
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A thermistor is present, but it’s a surface mount type, like a resistor and comes nowhere to touching the CPU. As always though, it all depends on the applications that you run and whether they will be able to take advantage of the new speed increases. Software soudn also installed on the operating system that stops the OS from functioning properly ;ro2 the correct SmartKey isn’t detected.
Let’s start with Sandra first off: Here are the official specifications.
MSI MS-6380 Ver.3 MS6380 MS 6380 K7T266 Pro2 Motherboard AGP 5x PCI Infrarot Sound
As you can see, the numbers fall exactly in line with the 1. VIA Apollo KTA chipset Pfo2 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. I don’t know whether it’s the test configuration since other reviews of this board seem to have great performance and there may very well be issues running the KTA on the test setup we’re using here.
This board was installed fully in a case i7t266 since it shares the exact same mounting points as should all similar sized motherboards conforming to the ATX spec as the previous occupant of the case, soud Abit KG7-RAID, installation was simple.
Notice that SSE benchmarks are performed in this test. It was run at default clocks and display settings at 9 x just to check that everything was working as far as the KTA AGP driver was concerned and the following score illustrates that perfectly.
I’d have preferred a less fancy actively cooled heatsink to the gold coloured passive heatsink provided. Everything else is standard. MSI were kind enough to courier me their latest, not-even-on-the-website, motherboard for review, the K7T Pro2. The answers at first glance appears to slund very well and a resounding yes!
Software installation was also simple. Before we get our hands dirty in the specifications, remember a chipset is soun that, a set of individual chips that work together to provide the services the AMD platform needs to function.
Windows 98, while having little testing on this motherboard, seems to be OK. The numbers in this benchmark sounr right into line with the Reference numbers provided with Sandra in this new version. There are also 2 fan headers near the top edge of the board, to the left and right of the DIMM slots.
A Quick Note on Installation and Software.
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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 k7266 motherboard and also the most inflexible making a poor connector placement an extra hassle. Under XP is fine.
Something like DivX encoding should see a handy increase in encoding speed, knocking a fair few minutes off the time of a usual full length movie encoding. It also seems like the BIOS setup is critical. 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.
I could be wrong however. Here we see the extra memory bandwidth of the KTA pulling its weight. A couple of BIOS tweaks and a general going over and that should be that. It’s easier to visualise this using a diagram, so take a quick peek at the following VIA provided layouts of the chipset. I must stress that the layout of motherboard is pure personal taste and some problem item in one case might be perfect in another.
In this case, that means the Northbridge and Southbridge. Performance is good and overall the board seems great. I think a VapoChill or any large heatsink would fit fine and the board provides the 4 mounting holes for a Swiftech MC heatsink.
The problem exists under Windows too, but not to the same extent.