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MSI KT3 Ultra2-BR Bluetooth Motherboard Review

MSI KT3 Ultra2-BR Bluetooth Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: KT3 Ultra2-BR has all the goodies we've come to expect - onboard USB 2.0, 5.1 audio, five PCI slots, three DIMM's and now even Bluetooth!
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Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Sep 04 2002   Colin Sun  
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More Goodies and Overclocking

Memory Support

The KT333 chipset supports upto 3GB of DDR333 memory (or if you are not overclocking standard PC2100 DDR will do just fine).

Overclocking the KT3 mainboard:

Even though the MSI KT3 Ultra2-BR is more of a value oriented motherboard, it still quite a wild side. Using a stick of Crucial PC2700 DDR RAM we were able to get the FSB up to 180 MHz before the memory started to give us problems. Lowering the timings to the most conservative in the BIOS allowed us to push the FSB to 187 MHz! Not bad for any motherboard!

Because we had to use conservative memory timings of 187 MHz, it resulted in lower performance then when we tested at 180 MHz with aggressive memory timings.

Please remember the issues between the KT266A and KT333CE when viewing the benchmarks though.

IDE RAID at UDMA 133/100...

Officially the Promise "Lite" Controller only supports RAID mode 0 (striping), however it's possible to flash the controller with a regular firmware thus unleashing RAID modes 1 and 0+1.

IDE RAID 0 is not really considered a true RAID since there isn't any data redundancy. RAID 0 takes two drives of the same size/configuration and stripes them, meaning it makes one big drive out of two equal ones. This improves performance by cutting hard drive latency in half.

Since the data is divided equally and written on two hard drives it also increases the data bandwidth by two. The reason it's not considered true RAID is because if one drive fails, all data is lost.

IDE 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. This is what is supposed to happen with a SCSI hard drive setup and it actually works pretty well there.

The IDE subsystem doesn't allow hard drives to be disconnected while the computer is still powered up and in use like SCSI can unless you have a special HDD tray. Generally, when one IDE drive fails the system usually locks up anyway. The data is safe since it's mirrored on the other drive which is the real benefit.

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Contents of Article: MSI KT3 Ultra2-BR
 Pg 1.  MSI KT3 Ultra2-BR Bluetooth Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — More Goodies and Overclocking
 Pg 3.  MSI Wireless Bluetooth Options
 Pg 4.  The KT3 Ultra2-BR BIOS
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Sysmark2002, Winstone
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Winbench, Sandra
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark 2002, 3DMark 2001SE
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: QIII Arena & Conclusions

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