Instead you have to use the plus and minus keys to scroll through a list of FSB settings from – MHz, which is a tad irritating. Often it is these little things that really only cause issues when the board is installed and you trying to get at something without pulling out bunch of wires or cards. The main IDE ports, along with the floppy port are located sensibly to the right of the board. There was talk of incorporating USB 2. RAID 0 simply amalgamates 2 drives so that they work as a single larger drive. Backwardly compatible with USB 1. This allows them to be in close proximity to the drives they service.

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The connectors for the various brackets are grouped close together toocolour-coded for simple installation. The first thing that is clearly evident here is the the evolutionary nature of the KT chipset.

Bios duty is handled by AMI, version 3.

The weight of the unopened box is enough to inform you of that. The inclusion of a number of performance-enhancing options seems not to have impacted on MSI’s stability. Both systems were configured for maximum performance. DVD encoding is another popular pastime of our readers. The usual gamut mai hardware features are covered in intuitive fashion.

The close-knit performance from various motherboard manufacturers highlighted the maturity of the chipset, rarely did we see a poor motherboard.

Our recurring theme seems to be present here. We’ve seen that running RAM asynchronously at FSB improves theoretical performance, let’s see how this translated to real-world applications and benchmarks.


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We’re seeing a continuing trend here, one that shows that running asynchronously offers a small benefit. Let’s have a look at how our ky3 got on when set to calculate Pi to 10 million places.

Since the data is divided equally and written on two hard drives it also increases the data bandwidth by two. Naturally, this is a sample of one, your mileage may vary. As the Athlon matured, so did Via’s chipsets. Three Kings is the DVD of choice, it’s mixture of action and dialogue make it an excellent benchmarking test. At first glance, the numbers look disarmingly similar.

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That doesn’t change anything but we just found kltra interesting. MSI, historically, have not paid too much attention to the overclocking community. Although packaging is something we usually don’t talk about, it’s tk3 that MSI has spent some time to money to make their motherboard boxes look good.

We ran at xx32 Normal preferences, sound was disabled. Let’s also have a look at what happens if we disable the enhanced optimisations that are automatically applied ulrra the Sisoft Sandra memory benchmark. The clear CMOS jumper is located quite close proximity to one of the fan headers and is really difficult to remove so save yourself some trouble and attach a small piece of tape to it. Since I tend to switch between a RadeonGeForce 3Ti, and several other video cards several times a week hey its all part of being the Fastest Webmaster my biggest gripe was a little capacitor near the AGP lock.


RAID 1 on the other hand mirrors two drives of the same size, so in theory if one drive fails, the other will take over as the primary hard drive and the system can continue to operate normally. Layout Starting at the top and working our way down, we see the ATX power connector is located at the at the top left of the board. The impressive overclocking options coupled with our new XP processor from AMD ensured that we would be furnished with a reasonable overclock.

This codec offers genuine improvements over the standard AC97 that ships with most motherboards. Being multiplier-locked, we resorted to raising the FSB one Mhz per time.

This, in our opinion, is a strange location. The greater memory throughput available allows the Athlon to truly flex its muscles in this test. In today’s homogenous world, it makes a pleasing and refreshing change to see a manufacturer put some thought into the way their product looks.

We were frankly astonished at the difference that an improved memory controller along with deeper internal buffers made. The chipset is capable of 5. DDR theoretically offer 2. Unfortunately, this seems reserved for the KTA.