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MSI K7-Pro Motherboard Review
MSI K7-Pro Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The K7-pro represents MSI's second attempt at the AMD Athlon motherboard market. Did they get it right this time, or fumble trying?
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Jun 02 2000   B. Ly  
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MSI K7-Pro Motherboard Review

My past experience with MSI motherboards have always been positive. Their products are reasonably priced, generally good performers, and are usually rock hard stable when overclocked. Let's see if this trend continues with this 4 layer PCB motherboard that represents MSI's second attempt at the AMD Athlon motherboard market. Enter the K7-Pro.

Avg. retail Price is$185 CDN / $118 USD

K7 Pro / (MS-6195) Spec Sheet

  • Slot A for AMD Athlon(TM) processor.
  • Supports 500/550/600/650 MHz or higher processor.
  • Supports three memory banks using three 168-pin unbuffered DIMM sockets.
  • Supports a maximum memory size of 768MB for SDRAM.
  • Supports 3.3v PC100 SDRAM DIMM.
  • 1 AGP, 6 PCI, Supports 3.3v/5v PCI bus interface.
    Form Factor:
  • ATX
  • Plug & Play BIOS.
  • Desktop Management Interface(DMI).
  • AMD Irongate chipset. (Northbridge) 200MHz EV6 System Interface speed.
  • 100MHz SDRAM. 1x/2x AGP.
  • AMD 756(TM) (Viper) chipset.
  • (Southbridge).
  • ACPI Power Management.
    Additional Features:
  • Microsoft PC99 Compliant. D-LED(TM) (Onboard Diagnostic LEDs) (Reserved).
  • T.O.P. Tech(TM) III (Thermal Overheat Protection Technology) (Optional).
  • PC Alert(TM) III (System Hardware Monitor).
  • Supports Accelerated Graphic Port (AGP) Add-On Card.
  • TCAC (Built in Trend Micro Anti-Virus Protection on BIOS).
  • LAN Wake Up Function.
  • Modem (Internal/External) Ring Wake Up Function.
  • Vcore & Vi/o setting through BIOS.
    Front Side Bus:
  • 100 MHz clock is supported. (200MHz Internal System Bus)
    On-Board Peripherals:
  • 1 floppy port supports 2 FDD with 360K, 720K, 1.2M, 1.44M and 2.88 Mbytes.
  • 2 Serial ports.
  • 1 parallel port supports SPP/EPP/ECP mode.
  • 2 USB ports.
  • 1 IrDA connector for SIR.
    Included accessories:
  • The K7 PRO is shipped with 2 heatsink rests, one 40 pin - 80 conductor Ultra ATA 66 cable, one floppy drive cable, a manual, a LED sticker, the D-LED pamphlet, and finally a driver cd.

Driver CD:

AMD AGP Miniport driver, and IDE driver. Also included is the MSI Utility, PC-Cillin'98 w updates (an Anti-virus program,) Media Ring, Remote Control Utility, and the standard Adobe Acrobat for checking out the manuals.

Now onto the features of the board...

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Contents of Article: MSI K7-Pro
 Pg 1.  — MSI K7-Pro Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Features of the board
 Pg 3.  Going D-LED
 Pg 4.  Overclocking
 Pg 5.  Overclocking by FSB
 Pg 6.  Gold Finger Device fun
 Pg 7.  Conclusion

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