Once rebooted it guesses a decent, overclocked speed, quite clever really. AMD’s success is due in some part to Via Technologies. If history is true, the Promise IDE controllers are usually very good performers, often times at or near the top of their class. Being multiplier-locked, we resorted to raising the FSB one Mhz per time. The first thing that is clearly evident here is the the evolutionary nature of the KT chipset.

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Unfortunately, on our board at least, there is no accompanying jumper.

Support from most major motherboard manufacturers was quickly garnered, a partnership that has successfully lasted until the present day.

What was the best tech product of ? The usual gamut of hardware features are covered in intuitive fashion.

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. The Lobby tests are known to be especially bandwidth-hungry, a fact that is borne out by our results.

This, in our opinion, is a strange location. Interestingly, on closer inspection of the board, we see markings that indicate FSB CPU operation selectable by jumper.

Naturally, having data stored over two drives means less latency but also more risk. A small capacitor flanks the AGP port. A new addition to our benchmarking-suite is Pifast. At first glance, the numbers look disarmingly similar. Other benchmarks from the same demo showed a lesser variance in results.


The Asus is even worse in this respect, as the real running speed when set to Mhz is Let’s have a look at xx32 Quality, a resolution that has some real-life meaning. Three Kings is the DVD of choice, it’s mixture of action and dialogue make it an excellent benchmarking test. You’re given the option of either RAID 0 or 1. The rather suprising result is from memory running asynchronously at FSB. In that time we didn’t have one crash that could be attributable to the motherboard, It was and is the paradigm of stability.

Anyway, on to the results. The close-knit performance from various motherboard manufacturers highlighted the maturity of the chipset, rarely did we see a poor motherboard. The Athlon entered the fray in mid and has never looked back.

MSI KT3 Ultra – VIA KT Motherboard Roundup – June

We removed the heatsink and were glad to see MSI had the care and attention to use thermal paste as a conduit between the Northbridge and heatsink.

Although the graph seems to initially indicate a large disparity between results, on closer inspection we see the difference is rather small yet repeatable.


Still, with a total of eight USB ports, we’re sure you wouldn’t miss one. If stability is your primary goal then the MSI should certainly be on your shortlist. Post Your Comment Please msu in or sign up to comment. Expect offerings from all the major manufacturers to hit the retail shelves shortly. Log in Don’t have an account?

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Or perhaps, is it just a simple case of “DDR” fever? MSI have a deserved history of producing rock-solid motherboards k3t arrive in the marketplace shortly after a chipset revision.

Here’s a quick rundown of our test system and benchmarks used.

The rather stylish Northbridge heatsink dominates the middle half of the board. We were frankly astonished at the difference that an improved memory controller along with deeper internal buffers made. Privacy policy and Terms of Use. The better memory optimisations at synchronous mode for the MSI board manage to see it oust the Asus board once more, even though the Asus was clocked marginally higher.