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Both systems were configured for maximum performance. We tried the test at different CPU speeds and found the boards tied for performance. 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. We tried our utmost to engineer a situation were we could make the board crash. AMD have been having a rather good time of late. We know that many of our readers are interested in SETI. The major difference being the support for a DDR memory bus.

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Features and Installation The extensive specification list informs you that this board is jam-packed with features. We’ll start of with Sisoft Sandra.

The full title of this motherboard gives you an idea of what to expect. Other benchmarks from the same demo showed a lesser variance in results. We calculate the average FPS after 20, frames have been encoded.

Even though I have small hands, everytime I removed the videocard my finger would nudge that capacitor and that’s not very comforting.

The fact that the MSI sojnd put almost marks into the Asus whilst running at a slightly lower clock speed speaks volumes for MSI’s memory efficiency. If stability is your primary goal then the MSI should certainly be on your shortlist.


Unfortunately, on our board at least, there is no accompanying jumper. Sign up now Username Password Remember Me.

MSI KT3 Ultra2, Socket A, AMD (MS-6380E) Motherboard

I like my fans, and I like plenty of them. In today’s homogenous world, it makes a pleasing and refreshing change to see a manufacturer put some thought into the way their product looks. Windows XP installed without incident. MSI have a deserved history of producing rock-solid motherboards that arrive in the marketplace shortly after a chipset revision.

It’s a nice feature to have, but it’s more of a novelty item in this case; we’d trade it for on-board Ethernet any day. We ran the benchmark at Fastest and xx32 Quality. Soknd has historically been rather conservative in their performance manipulation options, something that appears to have changed somewhat with the KT3.

DDR theoretically offer 2.

MSI KT3 Ultra2, Socket A, AMD (MSE) Motherboard | eBay

As part of our stability testing, we ran SETI. This codec offers genuine improvements over kg3 standard AC97 that ships with most motherboards. We’d hoped the KT chipset would have support for this. In that time we didn’t have one crash that could be attributable to the motherboard, It was and is the paradigm of stability.

If, however, we were upgrading from an older Socket A platform, we would see no sense in buying a KTA based motherboard. We overclocked the processor, ran different modules of RAM, used the most aggressive ultrz timings available. A new addition to our benchmarking-suite is Pifast. The data is safe since it’s mirrored on ulta other drive which is the real benefit. 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.


Generally, when one IDE drive fails the system usually locks up anyway. This improves performance by cutting hard drive latency in half. Beginners Guides Cases and Access. The difference between all three boards in negligble in real-life, you simply can’t tell the difference between 79 and 81fps respectively.

The board is jt3 jumper-free with only the ubiquitous clear CMOS jumper making an appearance behind the third fan header.

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The current BIOS for the board supports the new Thoroughbred core and all voltage adjustments are supported in the setup. Since sounnd data is divided equally and written on two hard drives it also increases the data bandwidth by two.

Subjective listening revealed that whilst not on a par with Nforce’s excellent APU, the on-board solution was more than adequate for general Windows duty, we’d say it was on a par with C-Media’s excellent 87xx series of codecs.