AMD have been having a rather good time of late. We see an increasing number of memory manufacturers citing DDR as the their preferred memory of Naturally, this is a sample of one, your mileage may vary. If, however, we were upgrading from an older Socket A platform, we would see no sense in buying a KTA based motherboard. Naturally, having data stored over two drives means less latency but also more risk.

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MSI KT3 Ultra – VIA KT Motherboard Roundup – June

The Usg Of The Technology. AMD’s success is due in some part to Via Technologies. Firstly let’s have a look at the KT chipset in a little more detail.

Thanks I will try it. On-board audio is handled by the rather capable Realtek AL chipset. We see a comprehensive list of features that allow one to experiment with overclocking.

Still, seconds is the fastest time we’ve ever seen for a CPU at default speeds. The silver North bridge fan adds an element of class to the package. At least this would solve it in one Kt33, so I would have to dump 98 once and for all!

Another bracket offers up to 4 USB 2. Anyway, I’m sure Belkin will do one at some point in the future. Conclusion The first thing that is clearly evident here is the the evolutionary nature of the KT chipset. It will search your system and identify possible updates.


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A vivid red greets you as you open the box. In our eyes, the best has just got slightly better.

The inclusion of a number of performance-enhancing options seems not to have impacted on MSI’s stability. Quake 3 Arena DirectX 8 Games: Absolutely Over The Top Page Stable, With Thermal Protection.

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. AMD have been having a rather good time of late. It3, the brackets are backward compatible, so a 2. Interestingly, on closer inspection of the board, we see markings that indicate FSB CPU operation selectable by jumper.

MSI KT3 Ultra-ARU & USB Drivers

We’re seeing a continuing trend here, ub that shows that running asynchronously offers a small benefit. The Lobby tests are known to be especially bandwidth-hungry, a fact that is borne out by our results. If ever there was a test to differentiate between competing memory sub-systems then Quake 3 would be it.

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. Unfortunately, at the time of testing, we didn’t have access to bluetooth devices to verify just how well it works.


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 large cooler.

Architecture GeForce 4 Compatibility: Thread Tools Show Printable Version. However, as you will see later in this review, the benefits of DDR are tangible. There are two on the mobo itself. There was talk of incorporating USB 2. 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. The range of voltages available for manipulation is one of the broadest seen from MSI.

The major difference being the support for a DDR memory bus.