MSI have a deserved history of producing rock-solid motherboards that arrive in the marketplace shortly after a chipset revision. Our attempts proved futile. A similar story unfolds here. We removed the heatsink and were glad to see MSI had the care and attention to use thermal paste as a conduit between the Northbridge and heatsink. Anyway, on to the results. The demo automatically generates statistics after each run. The first thing that strikes you about this board is the colour.
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Whilst slightly improving on an already excellent chipset, we feel as if Via’s efforts were not totally convincing. The weight of the unopened box is enough to inform you of that.
MSI KT3 Ultra – VIA KT Motherboard Roundup – June
Installation was a breeze with no untoward incidents to report. Our recurring theme seems to be present here. Naturally, a number crunching activity like Pifast thrives on memory bandwidth, as the computation relies upon passing masses of information between system memory and the CPU.
We removed the heatsink and were glad to see MSI had the care and attention to use thermal paste as a conduit between the Northbridge and heatsink. Bios duty is handled by AMI, version 3.
Let’s illustrate our point pictorially. We tried to engineer a situation where stability would be compromised. That doesn’t change anything but smi just found it interesting.
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.
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It’s interesting to note that the codec on MSI’s board actually has Realtek’s logo on the chip Realtek owns Avance Logic while all of the other chips are clearly labeled as Avance Logic. DVD encoding is another activity that thrives on memory bandwidth. Features and Installation The extensive specification list informs you that this board is jam-packed with features. Firstly let’s have a look at the KT chipset in a little more detail. Conclusion The first thing that is clearly evident here is the the evolutionary nature of the KT chipset.
VIA KT333 Motherboard Roundup – June 2002
This, in our opinion, is a strange location. As the Athlon matured, so did Via’s chipsets. One thing to note before comparing benchmarks is the relative running speed of the processor on both motherboards. The Asus is even worse in this respect, as the real mssi speed when set to Mhz is Most of today’s most demanding applications are memory bandwidth hungry, therefore it stands to reason that a more efficient memory controller should, ceteris paribus, bring about greater performance.
As is MSI’s recent tradtion, this board comes jam-packed with features. We wouldn’t recommend running RAID 0 for important data as there is no redundancy. The rather stylish Northbridge heatsink dominates the middle half of the board.
Memory can be tweaked quite extensively too, with the inclusion of the performance-enhancing 1T command. The ample bandwidth afforded by DDR seems more suited to the role. Overall, we’re pretty pleased with the layout of the board.
Even with today’s powerful processors, we still have to wait a considerable time before a ‘DVD-rip’ is complete. On closer inspection of the individual results, we find that Lobby tests gain the greatest improvement.
MSI have a deserved history of producing rock-solid motherboards that arrive in the marketplace shortly after a chipset revision. Expect offerings from all the major manufacturers to hit the retail shelves shortly.
The full title of this motherboard gives you an idea of what to expect.
MSI KT3 Ultra2, Socket A, AMD (MS-6380E) Motherboard
You’re given the option of either RAID 0 or 1. Let’s have a look at xx32 Quality, a resolution that has some real-life meaning. The connectors for the various brackets are grouped close together toocolour-coded for simple installation.