The KTA boasted an enhanced North bridge with a far more efficient memory controller coupled with deeper memory buffers. Instead you have to use the plus and minus keys to scroll through a list of FSB settings from – MHz, which is a tad irritating. MSI has historically been rather conservative in their performance manipulation options, something that appears to have changed somewhat with the KT3. Other system processes take their toll when running memory at DDR, such that it can’t satiate the Athlon’s memory desire. On closer inspection of the individual results, we find that Lobby tests gain the greatest improvement.

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Installation was a breeze with no untoward incidents to report. Other benchmarks from the same demo showed a lesser variance in results. The manual is well written and intuitively easy to understand. Being multiplier-locked, we resorted to raising the FSB one Mhz per time. DVD encoding is another popular pastime of our readers.

Let’s illustrate our point pictorially.

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.

More of a theoretical test as no-one we know plays at this resolution. Uptra have been having a rather good time of late.

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Three Kings is the DVD of ultrz, it’s mixture of action and dialogue make it an excellent benchmarking test. It’s always reassuring and confidence inducing to see a motherboard boot-up first time.


Although not directly in the way, it can be a nuisance if, like us, you change your AGP cards often. The results were consistent to within 0. Unfortunately, on our board at least, there is no accompanying jumper. We see an increasing number of memory manufacturers citing DDR as the their preferred memory of 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 auudio.

Bios duty is handled by AMI, version 3. 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 aueio day. Naturally, this is a sample of one, your mileage may vary. The silver North bridge fan adds an element of class to the package.

Memory can be tweaked quite extensively too, with the inclusion of the performance-enhancing 1T command. One thing to note before comparing benchmarks is the relative running sudio of the processor on both motherboards.

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Thankfully, we have more than enough room around the CPU socket to mount large coolers. Interestingly, on closer inspection of the board, we see markings that indicate FSB CPU operation selectable mt3 jumper. 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 KTA boasted an enhanced North bridge with a far more efficient memory controller coupled with deeper memory buffers. MSI don’t give you a motherboard so much as a package. We were frankly astonished at the difference that an improved memory controller along with deeper internal buffers made.


It seems as if Via are waiting for AMD to make the first move and then follow with a compliant chipset. Let’s have a look at how our protagonists got on when set to calculate Pi to ulrta million places.

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.

It’s interesting to jltra 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 Ajdio Logic. The demo automatically generates statistics after each run.

However, the results are quantifiably different. Both systems were configured for maximum performance. The fact that the MSI ca put almost marks into the Asus whilst running at a slightly lower clock speed speaks volumes for MSI’s memory efficiency.