For those thinking seriously about a DDR system, you may be interested in reading MSI's newest DDR announcement:
<font color=blue>MSI(tm) announces the most recent addition to its existing award-winning K7T family, the K7T 266 Pro. This newest ATX form factor edition uses the new VIA Apollo KT 266 chipset to provide the highest performance and the most scalable chipset solution for the latest AMD Athlon(tm) and Duron(tm) processors. With the capability to support the latest high-speed DDR200/266 SDRAM and 4x AGP, the K7T 266 Pro offers many advantages in graphics performance and memory transfers. Whether you are a business user running multiple applications or a hardcore gamer searching for the most reliable system, the K7T 266 Pro enables you to maximize the benefits of the latest AMD(tm) processor technology.
The K7T 266 Pro has a total of 3 DDR slots and supports up to 3GB DDR SDRAM of system memory. With 1 AGP, 1 CNR and 5 PCI slots, the K7T 266 Pro provides the greatest flexibility and expandability for add-on devices.
MSI(tm) always offers products of the highest quality and the K7T 266 Pro is no exception. In addition to its excellent performance and stability, the K7T 266 Pro also offers the following features:
Supports Ultra ATA100 and RAID. The Ultra ATA100 with RAID Bus Master interface provides an excellent and faster connection for IDE devices. Supports 6 USB 2.0 ports. Supports 266 MHz Front Side Bus.</font color=blue>
Besides drooling over the DDR aspects of this board, did you notice that USB 2.0 is finally here!
USB 2.0 is here, but not without its problems. Look for our upcoming review. As a heads up, the K7Master-S is beating this board in head to head performance benchmarks. We are trying to isolate problems, but don't expect to have details before Friday (our previously announced review date). I'll keep you posted.
"MSI(tm) announces the most recent addition to its existing award-winning K7T family, the K7T 266 Pro. This newest ATX form factor edition uses the new VIA Apollo KT 266 chipset to provide the highest performance and the most scalable chipset solution for the latest AMD Athlon(tm) and Duron(tm) processors"
Um where did you get this information? The only reason I ask is because MSI shows the K7T266 PRO(which is there only board with VIA KT2666 listed on there web site) as Socket 370. Yes I said Socket 370 which means it is for the PIII not AMD CPU's. Someone made a error, either you or MSI and I hate finding these things because they really confuse me. I am guessing that the MSI site is wrong(what a example to set) because Stable replied and didnt say anything about it being a PIII system they were testing. stable please verify the board you are useing and let me know, so I can clear my head some. I really hope the MSI site isn't wrong though, because that shows poor attention to detail. And I need great attention to detail in my products. And if I am just not seeing it right and am completly off the wall here, go ahead and start the flamming
hehe thx, try to find that board here. I think you will see where I was comming from. For some reason they havent added that board ehre and I was looking at the only board with KT266 chip listed on the page.
What is your malfunction? The K7 Master S performs better and lacks VIA and all their problems, choosing the much superior AMD northbridge. Hello, if you like CRAP I have a few older pieces of VIA laying around that I can sell you.
BTW, judging from many other posts, I believe that most of VIA's continuing issues are specifically related to Win2K. From what I read, VIA's 4-in-1 (v4.28) drivers have made happy campers out of the Win9x/Me crowd.
OK, I went a little far on that one-it lacks all of VIA's memory and AGP timing issues. The PCI configuration problems will still be there, but most of the AMD guys claim that those do not exist anyway....