At first glance, the numbers look disarmingly similar. A new addition to our benchmarking-suite is Pifast. MSI have a deserved history of producing rock-solid motherboards that arrive in the marketplace shortly after a chipset revision. The might of the XP is certainly evident here. The Athlon entered the fray in mid and has never looked back.

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It’s always reassuring and confidence inducing to see a motherboard boot-up first time.

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Still, seconds is akdio fastest time we’ve ever seen for a CPU at default speeds. Bios duty is handled by AMI, version 3. The difference between all three boards in negligble in real-life, you simply can’t tell the difference between 79 and 81fps respectively.

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.

Backwardly compatible with USB 1. Let’s have a look at the results. Firstly let’s have a look at the KT chipset in a little more detail. Via’s engineers were given the task of improving the KTA’s lacklustre performance, they came up with something not far short of remarkable. The chipset is capable of 5. MSI don’t give you a motherboard so much as a package.


The full title of this motherboard gives you an idea of what to expect. The board is essentially jumper-free with only the ubiquitous clear CMOS jumper making an appearance behind the third fan header. Enough of the theoretical talk, let’s turn our attention to one of the first full-production motherboards to boast aufio new KT insignia.

MSI KT3 Ultra-ARU – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT Overview – CNET

The difference from synchronous to asynchronous modes is around marks, although only a nominal 1. All benchmarks were conducted at xx32 85Hz with vertical sync disabled.

One interesting inclusion that we’ve not seen before is support, albeit limited, for bluetooth wireless communication. This codec offers genuine improvements over the standard AC97 that ships with most ajdio.

One pleasant suprise for us is the estimated price. Firstly, let’s have a look at Fastest. The Athlon entered the fray in mid and has never looked back. Naturally, this is a sample of one, your mileage may vary.

AMD have been having a rather good time of late. This allows them to be in close proximity to the drives they service. AGP voltage can also be increased to 1. It’s interesting to note that the codec on MSI’s board actually has Realtek’s logo on the chip Realtek owns Avance Logic while all of the other chips are clearly labeled as Avance Logic.


Vcore voltage is adjustable in 0. Another bracket offers up to 4 USB 2.

Here we see an interesting result. Put simply, it calculates the constant Pi to X million decimal places using the fastest method possible.

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MSI, historically, have not paid too much attention to the overclocking community. You’re given the option of either RAID 0 or ulyra. The fact that the MSI mso put almost marks into the Asus whilst running at a slightly lower clock speed speaks volumes for MSI’s memory efficiency.

Conclusion The first thing that is clearly evident here is the the evolutionary nature of the KT chipset. We see the standard 5 PCI slots bit, 33Mhz along with a rather redundant CNR slot, we’d wish motherboard manufacturers would dispense with these. We’re using Xmpeg 2. One thing to note before comparing benchmarks is the relative running speed of the processor on both motherboards.