All USB ports is the correct setting. Here are the official specifications. Thumbs up to MSI and if they can sort out the small issues in a later revision, they can’t fail to succeed with this board. 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. We are rendering the pawns scene here at x resolution. I’d have preferred a less fancy actively cooled heatsink to the gold coloured passive heatsink provided. It’s a nice addition and gives you an extra piece of mind and seems to work well.

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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. We’ll be looking to add a Flask encoding kt7266 to future reviews if possible to illustrate the performance increases across a new chipset or CPU.

A closer inspection of the CPU socket reveals something a bit more disturbing.

MSI K7T266 Pro2 USB problem

The numbers in this benchmark fall right into line with the Reference numbers provided with Sandra in this new version. The notable additions include the USB 2.

As you are about to see, this seems to do wonders for performance!

The capacitor placement fouls the ability of the retention mechanism to work well and you have to resort to poking at the lever with something in an attempt to make it budge.


A smart move on VIA’s part indeed. SYS driver, BSOD’s on shutdown and the sound randomly seems to stop at any point during using the audio msj doesn’t come back to life until you reboot. So there we have them, the numbers most people will be looking for.

With 3DMark testing overall CPU, memory and graphics performance and Sandra providing the synthetic numbers, we have pretty much all bases covered. Is there a utility out there I can download that can very what I see?

Here we see the corresponding Thread Tools Show Printable Version. Pfo2 have preferred a less fancy actively cooled heatsink to the gold coloured passive heatsink provided. Conclusion on performance So what can we draw from the following k7t26

Does not this setting cover every option? Software installation was also simple.

It’s essentially the same chip design as the KT, but with a much improved memory controller. Quake3 and 3DMark respond well to the new chipset giving us the broad impression that most OpenGL and Direct3D game performance will increase. It also seems like the BIOS setup is critical. Board layout as we’ve discussed is fine. What was the best tech product of ?

MSI K7T Pro2-RU KTA Motherboard Review | PC Perspective

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. MSI were kind enough to courier me their latest, not-even-on-the-website, motherboard for review, the K7T Pro2. Notice that SSE benchmarks are performed in this test. I must stress that the k7t66 of motherboard is pure personal taste and some problem item in one case might be perfect in another.


Here are the official specifications.

VIA KT266A Initial Roundup – October 2001

Leave front case witing until later after youve got the brackets working properly If you follow these guidelines and still cannot get the devices recognized then you may need to take your computer to a oro2 shop that deals with MSI and have it tested.

Joined Jun Location catford south london Posts 8, KT has been soundly trounced by AMD in the performance stakes.

OS is Win XP. Sandra Memory Benchmark 9 x Sandra K7t26 Bandwidth Benchmark 9 x So there we have them, the numbers most people will be looking for. The problem exists under Windows too, but not to the same extent. This means new motherboard designs using V-MAP family chips are quick and relatively painless to implement.

However, I’ve had nothing but problems with the onboard sound driver under Windows XP.