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MSI K7T266 Pro KT266 Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: MSI


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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)



Form Factor


Multiplier Options

5.5 - 12.5x

Bus Speed Options

95-166 MHz in 1 MHz increments


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



Onboard IDE

2 x ATA100 EIDE


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