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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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External Mfg. Website: MSI Sep 04 2002   C. Sun  
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The KT3 Ultra2-BR BIOS

MSI uses a modified version of the Award BIOS that we've all become accustomed to. It's a bit cleaner, looks better and more organized then the original.

While not difficult to use, it took me a bit of time to get use to the new layout. We still have all the usual tweaks from CAS Latency, to FSB adjustment to AGP frequency control.

Looking at the DRAM timing we have all the usual memory tweaks that are available, CAS Latency, memory frequency, bank interleaving options and even command rate.

Again like most other motherboards we've tested, the KT3 Ultra2 has all the usual AGP tweaks as well. AGP mode, Fast Write options and the ability to set the AGP driving...

We found by default that the driving mode was set to "CB" on MSI boards, but on every other KT333 board we've tested it was set to "DA". Changing the driving to "DA" resulted in about a 100 point gain in 3DMark2001SE. Even though we didn't encounter any stability problems, we think MSI may have done this to improve stability for the user. After all, what good is a fast computer if it crashes every 5 minutes?

Ahh, my favorite part of the BIOS... Here we can adjust the FSB from 100-220 MHz in 1 MHz increments. If you know the capabilities of your motherboard you can directly input it on the keyboard instead of scrolling through a bunch of numbers. Since the test Thoroughbred we use is unlocked, we had full multiplier control up to 12.5x.

CPU Vcore could be upped only to 1.7V. DDR voltages go up to 2.8V, and you can also raise the AGP voltage from 1.5V to 1.8V if you videocard is giving you problems at higher speeds.

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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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