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MSI K7T266-Pro2 RU Motherboard Review

MSI K7T266-Pro2 RU Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: MSI's latest entry is the new K7TPro266-RU, with on board IDE RAID and USB 2.0. The K7T266Pro2 is based on the new VIA KT266A chipset.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Nov 01 2001   Colin Sun  
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Overclocking and Benchmarks

Where overclocking was concerned, I was quite impressed with how high this board could go. Using a 256MB stick of OCZ PC2400 DDR, I totally maxed out the board - 164MHz with everything at the most aggressive settings! Wow, that's quite a feat! It's almost a shame that the bus speed only tops out at 164 MHz. Needless to say, the results are quite impressive at that FSB.

Test System Specs:
Computer: Athlon 1.4 GHz "AYHJA" Y
MSI K7T266Pro2-Ru
OCZ 256 MB PC2400
MSI StarForce 822 (GeForce3 200/460)
SB Live! Platinum 5.1
Software: Windows 98SE
Via 4in1 4.35V
DetonatorXP 21.83
Benchmarks:

SiSoft Sandra 2001TE
Business Winstone 2001
Content Creation 2001
3DMark2000 Ver 1.1
3DMark2001
Quake III Arena Ver 1.17

As mentioned before, I did try to use a AthlonXP1800+ to benchmark, however, I had quite a bit of stability problems. It's also possible that this could be due to the fact that I was using a beta board. Just something to keep in mind.

SiSoft Sandra 2001TE:


133 MHz


164 MHz

At stock, the MSI is performing JUST a little better then the reference AMD 760 board, however when it's overclocked, it approaches the bandwidth of PC600 RDRAM! Just a side note, when I used the XP processor at 1.72 GHz on a 164 MHz bus my bandwidth was close to 950/1150! Anyway, compared to the older KT266 chipset, it's obvious to see that the memory controller was tweaked quite a bit!

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Contents of Article: MSI K7T266-Pro2 RU
 Pg 1.  MSI K7T266-Pro2 RU Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  K7T266Pro2 BIOS Features
 Pg 3.  — Overclocking and Benchmarks
 Pg 4.  Business / Content Creation Winstone & 3DMark
 Pg 5.  QIII Benchmarks and Conclusions

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