Okay, back to the board Board layout as we’ve discussed is fine. SYS driver, BSOD’s on shutdown and the sound randomly seems to stop at any point during using the audio and doesn’t come back to life until you reboot. This is the second K7T Pro2 from MSI we’ve had here in Hexus labs due to time constraints in keeping the first board, but during the time we had with it, performance was significantly lower than expected. Physical installation of the board was a cinch. Performance is good and overall the board seems great.

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Would it totally sweep me off my feet and carry me into a glorious world of high overclockability where DDR is the only way to go? Thumbs up to MSI and if they can sort out the small issues in a later revision, they can’t fail to succeed with this board.

As you are about to see, this seems to do wonders for performance! They connect to a header on the motherboard and mirror the 4 LED’s above the audio connectors on the ATX backplane that are visible if you open the case. However, the extremely nice guys over at MSI were happy to work with us to try and solve our problems and a BIOS flash is finally giving us some respectable numbers.

MSI K7TPro2 RU Motherboard Review –

The software integrates with the screensaver to provide extra security. Physical installation of the board was a cinch.


Test software comprises the usual suspects, MadOnion’s 3DMark and SiSoft Sandra current versionI’ve also added a couple of benchmarks you don’t usually see, notably Distributed. A thermistor is present, but it’s a surface mount type, like a resistor and comes nowhere to touching the CPU.

MSI were kind enough to courier me their latest, not-even-on-the-website, motherboard for review, the K7T Pro2.

If you are into media encoding such as MP3 encoding or the creation of DivX movies you’ll be happy with the new speed.

Performance One of the biggest selling points of this new wave of KTA boards is the increased performance. All in all, not a hugely compelling upgrade over sub AMD DDR solutions, but the speed increases are there to be used if you can take advantage of them.

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Lastly, ussb you can see, the PCB is bright red! V-MAP chips are the same size and have the same pin compatible layout that makes this possible. Overall conclusion So how do we find the MSI as a whole?

This is in contrast to the KG7-RAID and AMD chipset where manual tweaking of the chipset settings is essential to make the board perform well and no high performance defaults setting is provided. Sure there aren’t many USB 2. A closer inspection of the CPU socket reveals something a bit more disturbing.

The top left placement is a good choice however and gets my thumbs up. Everything else is standard. Only glaring bad spots should be noted and the MSI has none. From the diagram, we can also see the VT Southbridge implements AC’97 and MC’97 audio and modem facilities of which the manufacturer of a motherboard using this chip provides the headers and support for.


Is it the same again, not quick, hard to implement etc and have MSI done a good job with the board? A smart move on VIA’s part indeed. Under XP is fine. So there we have them, the numbers j7t266 people will be looking for. So how do we find the MSI as a whole?

MSI K7T266 Pro2 USB problem

This is an optional feature and one we were very glad to see MSI had included on the board. It was run uxb default clocks and display settings at 9 x just to check that everything was working as far as the KTA AGP driver was concerned and the following score illustrates that perfectly.

In this case, that means the Northbridge and Southbridge. It also seems like the BIOS setup is critical.

Considering this, here’s the formal spec for the chipset. However, I’ve had nothing but problems with the onboard sound driver under Windows XP. On the MSI, let that setting do all the hard work. By reading this site you agree to our cookie policy.