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. Still, with a total of eight USB ports, we’re sure you wouldn’t miss one. We overclocked the processor, ran different modules of RAM, used the most aggressive memory timings available. MSI, historically, have not paid too much attention to the overclocking community. Memory can be tweaked quite extensively too, with the inclusion of the performance-enhancing 1T command. The black borders are cropped to save unnecessary encoding time. We’re seeing consistent results that seem to indicate that DDR can positively impact on performance, albeit in a small way.

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The greater memory throughput available allows the Athlon to truly flex its muscles in this test. Fitted with an all-in-one monoblock which matches the Gigabyte Ulhra aesthetic.

This is what is supposed to happen with a SCSI hard drive setup and it actually works pretty k3t there. However with the good, inevitably come some of the few quirks that were present in the KTPro2.

The time is almost 2 seconds faster than when memory is run at FSB. One detraction is that the bluetooth connection is shared with one of the USB 2. Since the data is divided equally and written on ot3 hard drives it also increases the data bandwidth by two.

This was a surprise and a nice change at that. The inclusion of ATA support is another future-proof move that should pay dividends as soon as ksi drives catch up.


A similar story unfolds here. Firstly, let’s have a look at Fastest. All benchmarks were conducted at xx32 85Hz with vertical sync disabled.

MSI KT3 Ultra2 – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT333 Series

Here we use LAME 3. Being multiplier-locked, we resorted to raising the Ulyra one Mhz per time. We overclocked the processor, ran different modules of RAM, used the most aggressive memory timings available.

If, however, we were upgrading from an older Socket A platform, we would see no sense in buying a KTA based motherboard.

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. Ultea 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.

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Along with the bright red PCB of the actual motherboard is a nice bright red box with pull out container, and hand strap. Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. FSB selection is flexible too, ranging from – Mhz in 1Mhz increments, something which the overclocking and tweaking community will be grateful for. Interestingly, on closer inspection of the board, we see markings that indicate FSB CPU operation selectable by jumper. The better memory optimisations at synchronous mode for the MSI board manage to see msj oust the Asus board once more, even though the Asus was clocked marginally higher.


We used the publicly available demo so that you could compare results if need be. 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.

MSI KT3 Ultra-ARU – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT333 Series

This improves performance by cutting hard drive latency in half. RAID 1 backs-up the data on one drive and mirrors it on the redundant drive, far more useful for data safety. The KT northbridge is cooled by a rather fancy active heatsink ultrq since the VIA chipset can get quite hot, it does help out. Let’s illustrate our point pictorially.

We had to manually install the USB 2. If stability is your primary goal then the MSI should certainly be on your jltra. Remember that Bluetooth offers very little bandwidth 1Mbpswhich isn’t sufficient for any type of PC network. We see a comprehensive list of features that allow one to experiment with overclocking.

Other system processes take their toll when running memory at DDR, such that it can’t satiate the Athlon’s memory desire. We feel that MSI’s interpretation of the KT chipset has been a successful one, one that marries performance to stability.

The full title of this motherboard gives you an idea of what to expect.