However, as you will see later in this review, the benefits of DDR are tangible. The impressive overclocking options coupled with our new XP processor from AMD ensured that we would be furnished with a reasonable overclock. As is MSI’s recent tradtion, this board comes jam-packed with features. Firstly, let’s have a look at Fastest. In today’s homogenous world, it makes a pleasing and refreshing change to see a manufacturer put some thought into the way their product looks. The KT is slightly faster and should come-to-market at about the same price. As soon as you open the rather heavy motherboard box, you just know that a considerable amount of thought has been put into the board and package.
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Any reduction in time would be more than welcome. Here we see an interesting result.
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Remember that Bluetooth offers very little bandwidth 1Mbpswhich isn’t sufficient for any type of PC network. The major difference being the support for a DDR memory bus.
You’re greeted by a cacophony of buzzers if you connect the heatsink fan to anything other than the designated CPU fan header, we thought all hell had broken loose. The inclusion of ATA support is another future-proof move that should pay dividends as soon as hard drives catch up.
The difference between all three mt3 in negligble in real-life, you simply can’t tell the difference between 79 and 81fps respectively. No gaming review would be complete without visiting our old favourite, Quake ultrx.
At present, only Maxtor, in the form of the DX series, currently have hard uultra on the market that comply with this new standard. We feel that MSI’s interpretation of the KT chipset has been a successful one, one that marries performance to stability.
We’d hoped the KT chipset would have support for this. Further adjustments are available for the AGP slot. Backwardly compatible with USB 1.
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Via’s engineers were given the task of improving the KTA’s lacklustre performance, they came up with something not far short of remarkable. We had a couple of niggles about the layout, the placing of the ATX connector lt3 somewhat strange.
As soon as you open the rather heavy motherboard box, you just know that a considerable amount of thought has been put into the board and package. You’re given the option of either RAID 0 or 1. Not only do you have to navigate the ATX connector across the CPU cooler, it also becomes difficult to reach and unclip when removing the motherboard, especially if you use a ulfra cooler.
The fact that the MSI ca put almost marks into the Asus whilst running at a slightly lower clock speed speaks volumes for MSI’s memory efficiency. Naturally, a number crunching activity like Pifast thrives on memory bandwidth, as the computation relies upon passing masses of information between system memory and the CPU.
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Being multiplier-locked, we resorted to raising the FSB one Mhz per time. We’ll next turn our attention to another number-crunching activity. AGP voltage can also be increased to 1.
We’d hazard a guess that the motherboard platform is irrelevant for this test. Overclocking The impressive overclocking options coupled with our new XP processor from AMD ensured that we would be furnished with a ultrq overclock. The inclusion of Bluetooth functionality is definitely a neat feature, but Bluetooth was never intended to be a PC networking standard and on-board Ethernet would have been much more useful. If ever there was a test to differentiate between audik memory sub-systems then Quake 3 would be it.
Let’s have a look at xx32 Quality, a resolution that has some real-life meaning. One detraction is that the bluetooth connection is shared with one of the USB 2.
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This, once again, seems to ratify our theory that DDR is able to provide the DDR limited Athlon more available bandwidth when truly required. DVD encoding is another activity that thrives on memory bandwidth.
A vivid red greets you as you open the box.
If you’re looking for a Socket A motherboard to replace one from an older platform, or are seeking one that will give you maximal performance, then the MSI should most definitely make it onto your shortlist. A new addition to our benchmarking-suite is Pifast.
We can look back to the Sisoft Sandra unenhanced memory benchmarks for an explanation of the results. We calculate the average FPS after 20, frames have been encoded. Put simply, it calculates the constant Pi to X million decimal places using the fastest method possible.