One detraction is that the bluetooth connection is shared with one of the USB 2. The greater memory throughput available allows the Athlon to truly flex its muscles in this test. In that time we didn’t have one crash that could be attributable to the motherboard, It was and is the paradigm of stability. MSI don’t give you a motherboard so much as a package. The Athlon entered the fray in mid and has never looked back.

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On-board audio is handled by the rather capable Realtek AL chipset.

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Via’s ajdio were given the task of improving the KTA’s lacklustre performance, they came up with something not far short of remarkable. 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. The weight of the unopened box is enough to inform you of that.

Further adjustments are available for the AGP slot. We’ll start of with Sisoft Sandra.

Other benchmarks from the same demo showed a lesser variance in results. The rather suprising result is from memory running asynchronously at FSB. You’re given the option of either RAID 0 or 1. As soon as you open the rather audoi motherboard box, you just know that a considerable amount of thought has been put into the board and package.


This codec offers genuine improvements over the standard AC97 that ships with most motherboards. DVD encoding is another activity that thrives on memory bandwidth. Overall, we’re pretty pleased with the layout of the board. A new addition to our benchmarking-suite mt3 Pifast. We had a couple of niggles about the layout, the placing of the ATX connector was somewhat strange.

We tried to engineer a situation where stability would be compromised. AMD’s success is due in some part to Via Technologies. To give us an idea of how the differency memory sub-systems handle a real game, we benchmarked the popular Serious Sam 2. The Athlon entered the fray in mid and has never looked back. The chipset is capable of 5.

Again, at first glance, the official support for DDR seems a shade academic. The might of the XP is certainly evident here. The inclusion of a number of performance-enhancing options seems not to have impacted on MSI’s stability.

Windows XP installed zudio incident. AMD have been having a rather good time of late. Although the graph seems to initially indicate a large disparity between results, on closer inspection we see the difference is rather small yet repeatable. There was talk of incorporating USB 2. We’re seeing consistent results that seem to indicate that DDR can positively impact on performance, albeit in a small way.


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The difference between all three boards in negligble in real-life, you simply can’t tell the difference between 79 and 81fps respectively. By reading this site you agree to our cookie policy. The KT is slightly faster and should come-to-market at about the same price.

We ran at xx32 Normal preferences, sound was disabled.

We overclocked the processor, ran different modules of RAM, used the most aggressive memory timings available. Anyway, on to the results. Still, with a total of eight USB ports, we’re sure you wouldn’t miss one. All benchmarks were conducted at xx32 85Hz with vertical sync disabled.

Our recurring theme seems to be present here.