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MSI KT3 Ultra-ARU KT333 Motherboard Review

MSI KT3 Ultra-ARU KT333 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: MSI has always embraced new technology - often they are one of the first manufacturers to adopt, and the KT3 Ultra-ARU is no exception.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Mar 04 2002   Colin Sun  
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Gaming Benchmarks

3DMark2001 SE Source: MadOnion

3DMark2001 SE is the latest installment in the 3DMark series by MadOnion. By combining DirectX8 support with completely new graphics, it continues to provide good overall system benchmarks. 3DMark2001 SE has been created in cooperation with the major 3D accelerator and processor manufacturers to provide a reliable set of diagnostic tools. The suite demonstrates 3D gaming performance by using real-world gaming technology to test a system's true performance abilities. Tests include: DirectX8 Vertex Shaders, Pixel Shaders and Point Sprites, DOT3 and Environment Mapped Bump Mapping, support for Full Scene Anti-aliasing and Texture Compression and two game tests using Ipion real-time physics. Higher 3DMark scores denote better performance.

3DMark2001 SE Benchmark Results
Motherboard (FSB/Memory) 3DMarks Ranking
1. 8KHA+ 133/266 MHz 8644
2 8KHA+ 166/333 MHz 8904
3. KT3 Ultra 133/266 MHz 8684
4. KT3 Ultra 133/333 MHz 8795
5. KT3 Ultra 166/333 MHz 8903

With the MSI KT3 Ultra running its memory at 333 MHz, we do get a very healthy gain of about 100 points, this isn't surprising since 3DMark has always loved high memory bandwidth. As expected, the two boards perform about the same when they're clocked at the same speed.

Serious Sam 2

Source: CroTeam

Serious Sam 2 is a game that uses OpenGL and is a little more advanced than the now retired Quake III Arena.Higher numbers denote faster frames per second (FPS), and hence, better performance.

Serious Sam 2 (Normal 640x480 Little Trouble) Benchmark Results
Motherboard (FSB/Memory) (FPS) Ranking
1. 8KHA+ 133/266 MHz 174.6
2 8KHA+ 166/333 MHz 177.8
3. KT3 Ultra 133/266 MHz 174.4
4. KT3 Ultra 133/333 MHz 174.7
5. KT3 Ultra 166/333 MHz 178.4

Serious Sam 2 (Normal 640x480 Valley of the Jaguar) Benchmark
Motherboard (FSB/Memory) (FPS) Ranking
1. 8KHA+ 133/266 MHz 62.1
2 8KHA+ 166/333 MHz 63.2
3. KT3 Ultra 133/266 MHz 62.3
4. KT3 Ultra 133/333 MHz 62.3
5. KT3 Ultra 166/333 MHz 63.1

Serious Sam 2 seems to be more of a complete system benchmark as it is barely able to differentiate between the motherboards. Memory bandwidth doesn't seem to be much of a factor here.

Return to Castle Wolfenstein

Source: ID Software

Return to Castle Wolfenstein is a relatively new game benchmark. However, RTCW takes up where Quake III left off and continues to form the basis of the first person shooter system stressing that QIII has become a hallmark for. Based upon the Quake III engine, RTCS is obviously going to be quite taxing on even a top end system. Higher numbers denote faster frames per second (FPS), and hence, better performance.

RTCW (640x480 atdemo6) Benchmark Results
Motherboard (FSB/Memory) (FPS) Ranking
1. 8KHA+ 133/266 MHz 60.6
2 8KHA+ 166/333 MHz 62.4
3. KT3 Ultra 133/266 MHz 61.1
4. KT3 Ultra 133/333 MHz 62
5. KT3 Ultra 166/333 MHz 62.7

RTCW (640x480 atdemo8) Benchmark Results
Motherboard (FSB/Memory) (FPS) Ranking
1. 8KHA+ 133/266 MHz 167.7
2 8KHA+ 166/333 MHz 174.5
3. KT3 Ultra 133/266 MHz 168.4
4. KT3 Ultra 133/333 MHz 172.6
5. KT3 Ultra 166/333 MHz 175.1

Return to Castle Wolfenstein being base on the Quake III engine craves the memory bandwidth like 3DMark does. Since the atdemo6 demo is all CPU limited, the scores are about the same which is expected, however in the atdemo8 benchmark, the numbers show the benefit of more bandwidth.

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Contents of Article: MSI KT3 Ultra-ARU
 Pg 1.  MSI KT3 Ultra-ARU KT333 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  USB2.0 & Bluetooth
 Pg 3.  KT3 Ultra BIOS
 Pg 4.  Office Benchmarks
 Pg 5.  — Gaming Benchmarks
 Pg 6.  Conclusions

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