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MSI K7T266 Pro KT266 Motherboard Review

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This content was originally featured on Amdmb.com and has been converted to PC Perspective's website. Some color changes and flaws may appear.

As the days and weeks go by, we are seeing the market for DDR motherboards begin to saturate. Not too long ago, there were only a few very good quality motherboard based on double-data rate chipsets, including the 8K7A on the AMD 760 chipset and the 8KHA on the KT266 chipset. As more and more motherboards are being released, we will begin to see stronger competition and a better selection for the end user. However, this also means that there will be a flurry of similarly performing motherboards that will make the purchasing decision more difficult.


The MSI K7T266 motherboard that is being reviewed now, was one of the first motherboards out based on the KT266 chipset. Plagued by speed deficits and stability problems, I held off on the review of the board until the bios was as mature as other KT266 boards I had used. With the release of another bios version, the K7T266 Pro motherboard reached the level where I felt I could report my results to you with confidence.


First, let’s start with the motherboard specs:





Motherboard Specifications


CPU Socket

Socket A (200/266 MHz Support)


Chipset

KT266


Form Factor

ATX


Multiplier Options

5.5 - 12.5x


Bus Speed Options

95-166 MHz in 1 MHz increments


Voltages

1.35v - 1.85v in +0.025v increments


Memory Support

3 x 184-pin DDR DRAM PC1600/PC2100 Support


Expansion Slots

6/0/1/1 (PCI/ISA/AGP/CNR)


AGP Support

4x AGP Pro


USB Support

2x Standard USB ports
4x Add-on USB ports


Integrated Components

AC'97 Audio


Bios

AMI BIOS


Onboard IDE

2 x ATA100 EIDE

2 x ATA100 IDE-RAID


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