Can connect up to four IDE devices. A smart move on VIA’s part indeed. The odd niggling aspect of the design is there, but nothing to make you discard it completely. A bad layout for me can be the difference between getting and ignoring a new motherboard, regardless of what features or performance it offers. The time now is But what do we get over the KT?

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Everything else is standard. 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. User Name Remember Me?

Software is also installed on the operating system that stops the OS from functioning properly if the correct SmartKey isn’t detected. The top left placement is a good choice however and gets my thumbs up. Not ideal at all. As you are about prro2 see, this seems to do wonders for performance!

One of the biggest selling points of this new wave of KTA boards is the increased performance. As you can see, the numbers fall exactly in line with the 1.

In this case, that means the Audo and Southbridge.

VIA KT266A Motherboard Roundup – January 2002

I think a VapoChill or any large heatsink would fit fine and the board provides the 4 mounting holes for a Swiftech MC heatsink. Physical installation of the board was a cinch.


This is an optional feature and one we were very glad to see MSI had included on the board. VIA Apollo KTA chipset Audlo 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.

At any rate, it is so far from being slow! They audo 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. The answers at first glance appears to be very well and a resounding yes!

Performance One of the biggest selling points of this new wave of KTA boards is the increased performance.

PTLE works on MSI K7T Pro2 (MS v) with an Athlon XP+ ??? – Avid Pro Audio Community

MSI also had the foresight to stick down two clear pieces of plastic beneath each of the 2 center socket clips where you attach heatsinks. I’ve heard that Corsair is making some great chips too. Windows 98, while having little testing on this motherboard, seems to be OK. 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 pfo2 new SmartKey and you enter the wrong password 3 times, locking the BIOS and the system completely.


Firstly, the extra memory bandwidth provided by the KTA isn’t mightily impressive on this review sample. 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.

However they ARE quicker and that’s what we are adio.

This board initially faired just as badly. One AGP 4X slot. Applications that shift a lot of data between main memory and the CPU rpo2 be the obvious benefactors with the KTA. I will be taking the plunge soon Lou. Can’t install PTLE 6. A Quick Note on Installation and Software.

Would it totally sweep me off my feet i7t266 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.

Performance is good and overall the board seems great.

For the average home user playing a few games here and there and using office application on something like the AMD platform, the upgrade doesn’t make sense really. Okay, back to the board