Vcore voltage is adjustable in 0. The results were consistent to within 0. Unfortunately, this seems reserved for the KTA. Anyway, on to the results. We’re using Xmpeg 2. Interestingly, on closer inspection of the board, we see markings that indicate FSB CPU operation selectable by jumper. Heck you never can have too many right!

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However, as you will see later in this review, the benefits of DDR are tangible. Along with the bright red PCB of the actual motherboard is a nice bright red box with pull out container, and hand strap. RAID 0 simply amalgamates 2 drives so that they work as a single larger drive. Or perhaps, is it just a simple case of “DDR” fever?

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By reading this site you agree to our cookie policy. The full title of this motherboard gives you an idea of what to expect.

This is what is supposed to happen with a SCSI hard drive setup and it actually works pretty well there. Overclocking The impressive overclocking options coupled with our new XP processor from AMD ensured that we would be furnished with a reasonable overclock.

In our eyes, the best has just got slightly better. Although the graph seems to initially indicate a large disparity between results, on closer inspection we see the difference is rather small yet repeatable. We can look back to the Sisoft Sandra unenhanced memory benchmarks for an explanation of the results. Three Kings is the DVD of choice, it’s mixture of action and dialogue make it an excellent benchmarking test. A new addition to our benchmarking-suite is Pifast.


One interesting inclusion that we’ve not seen before is support, albeit limited, for bluetooth wireless communication. We used the publicly available demo so that you could compare results if need be. The weight of the unopened box is enough to inform you of that. If motherboards were judged on aesthetics, the MSI would score very highly.

We see an increasing soynd of memory manufacturers citing DDR as the their preferred memory of Enough of the theoretical talk, let’s turn our attention to one of the first full-production motherboards to boast the new KT insignia.

That doesn’t change anything but siund just found it interesting. We tried the test at different CPU speeds and found the boards tied for performance.

It seems as if Via are waiting for AMD to make the first move and then follow with a compliant chipset. As part of our stability testing, we ran SETI. Log in Don’t have an account? Via, the giant Taiwanese chipset maker, were there at the beginning of the Athlon’s life-cycle with the KX The might of the XP is certainly evident here.


The current BIOS for the board supports the new Thoroughbred core and all voltage adjustments are supported in the setup. The KTA boasted an enhanced North bridge with a far more efficient memory controller coupled with deeper memory buffers. Features and Installation The sounf specification list informs you that this board is jam-packed with features. Good yes, but you have to wonder about the logic behind this. At first glance, the numbers look disarmingly similar.

The usual gamut of hardware features are covered in intuitive fashion.

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The results were consistent to within 0. Layout Starting at the top and working our way down, we see the ATX power connector is located at the at the top left of the board.

This codec offers genuine improvements over the standard AC97 that ships with most motherboards.