We calculate the average FPS after 20, frames have been encoded. One detraction is that the bluetooth connection is shared with one of the USB 2. 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. We’re seeing a continuing trend here, one that shows that running asynchronously offers a small benefit. Overclocking The impressive overclocking options coupled with our new XP processor from AMD ensured that we would be furnished with a reasonable overclock. We were frankly astonished at the difference that an improved memory controller along with deeper internal buffers made.

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The main IDE ports, along with the floppy port are located sensibly to the right of the board. VIA’s chipsets are a case in point.

For those of you who crunch SETI as a pastime, even a second decrease in times would be most welcome. Let’s continue and see if it makes the same impression that other MSI ‘boards have done in the past.

We’re seeing consistent results that seem to indicate that DDR can positively impact on performance, albeit in a small way. Other benchmarks from the same demo showed a lesser variance in results. Unfortunately we do not have extra hard drives handy to fully test the RAID function.

Bios duty is handled by AMI, version 3. The slightly increased usable memory bandwidth available allows the MSI in DDR mode to pull ahead of itself in DDR mode by approximately 10fps, not a significant amount, but one that by now we kt3333.


Let’s have a look at the results. After all VIA’s KTA was the chipset of choice for motherboard manufacturers and consumers because of its performance and stability. The might of the XP is certainly evident here.

However, as you will see later in this review, the benefits of DDR are tangible. About Us Employment Privacy Policy. A mwi addition to our benchmarking-suite is Pifast.

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. Naturally, this is a sample of one, your mileage may vary.

MSI KT3 (Via KT Chipset)

If ever there was a test to differentiate between competing memory sub-systems then Quake 3 would be it. Interestingly, on closer inspection of the board, we see markings that indicate FSB CPU operation selectable by jumper.

The well-received KTA has been subject to a few superficial changes in its transformation to the present KT chipset.

Everything is held inside the case snugly, and with its glossy finish, it’s quite a change from the average bland motherboard box of old. A minor update to the South Bridge here, a minor update mi the North Bridge there, and we have a chipset with a different name.

MSI KT3V – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT333 Series

We can look back to the Sisoft Sandra unenhanced memory benchmarks for an explanation of the results. RAID 1 backs-up the data on one drive and mirrors it on the redundant drive, far more useful for data safety.


However, the results are quantifiably different. Through preliminary tests we were able to ascertain that SETI is extremely sensitive to memory bandwidth.

MSI don’t give you a motherboard so much as a package.

Review: MSI KT3 Ultra2-BR Mobo – Mainboard –

Enough of the theoretical talk, let’s turn our attention to one of the first full-production motherboards to boast the new KT insignia. We’ll start of with Sisoft Sandra. The integrated USB 1. Since I tend to switch between a RadeonGeForce 3Ti, and several other video cards several times a week hey its all part of being the Fastest Webmaster my biggest gripe was a little capacitor near the AGP lock.

The rather suprising result is from memory running asynchronously at FSB. Sign up now Username Password Remember Me.

VIA KT333 Motherboard Roundup – June 2002

Still, with a total of eight USB ports, we’re sure you wouldn’t miss one. Often it is these little things that really only cause issues when the board is installed and you trying to get at something without pulling out bunch of wires or cards. MSI, historically, have not paid too much attention to the overclocking community.