Overclocking The impressive overclocking options coupled with our new XP processor from AMD ensured that we would be furnished with a reasonable overclock. We calculate the average FPS after 20, frames have been encoded. We ran at xx32 Normal preferences, sound was disabled. If ever there was a test to differentiate between competing memory sub-systems then Quake 3 would be it. Expect offerings from all the major manufacturers to hit the retail shelves shortly. We’d hazard a guess that the motherboard platform is irrelevant for this test. It seems as if Via are waiting for AMD to make the first move and then follow with a compliant chipset.

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At present, only Maxtor, in the form of the DX series, currently have hard drives on the market that comply with this new ultea. 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. The clear CMOS jumper is located quite close proximity to one of the fan headers and is really difficult to remove so save yourself some trouble and attach a small piece of tape to it.

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. AMD’s success is due in some part to Via Technologies.

We’re using Xmpeg 2. The rather suprising result is from memory running asynchronously at FSB. The demo we chose was Valley of the Jaguar, one which contains a massive amount of geometry.


Unfortunately, this seems reserved for the KTA. We’ve found this combination to be the most stable in our stress tests. However, the results are quantifiably different.

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Ultar improves performance by cutting hard drive latency in half. Although packaging is something we usually don’t talk about, it’s obvious that MSI has spent some time to money to make their motherboard boxes look good.

Naturally, this is a sample jt3 one, your mileage may vary. Three Kings is the DVD of choice, it’s mixture of action and dialogue make it an excellent benchmarking test. 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.

MSI KT3 Ultra-ARU KT Motherboard Review –

After all VIA’s KTA was the chipset of choice for motherboard manufacturers and consumers because of its performance and stability. We’re reviewing a full production model from one the most well-regarded motherboard manufacturers, MSI Micro Star International.

The first thing that strikes you about this board is the colour. With a 4x AGP 2. Mxi, in our opinion, is a strange location.

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

We tried to engineer a situation where stability would be compromised. Utlra, we ran the MSI KT3’s result three times, each time the results were within a second of each other, sounf we can be sure of our numbers. A new addition to our benchmarking-suite is Pifast.


Layout 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. Since I tend to switch between a RadeonGeForce 3Ti, and several other video cards several times a week hey its all part of being the Fastest Webmaster my biggest gripe was a little capacitor near the AGP lock.

Let’s also have a look at what happens if we disable the enhanced optimisations that are automatically applied to the Sisoft Sandra memory benchmark. We’ll start of with Sisoft Sandra. If you’re looking for a Socket A motherboard to replace one from an older platform, or are seeking one that will give you maximal performance, then the MSI should most definitely make it onto your shortlist.

MSI KT3 Ultra – VIA KT Motherboard Roundup – June

The difference from synchronous to asynchronous modes is around marks, although only a nominal 1. The integrated USB 1. In that time we didn’t have one crash that could be attributable to the motherboard, It was and is the paradigm of stability.

As with previous USB 2. Unfortunately, on our board at least, there is no accompanying jumper.