A real eye-catcher - the MSI K7T266 Pro2 alias MS-6380 with a KT266A chipset.
Board revision: 2.0
BIOS version- V3.1B5
View of the packaging for the MSI.
All the components included with the MSI motherboard.
At first glance, the MSI K7T266 Pro 2 is really easy on the eye - the red coloring of its PCB and the delicate packaging can enthrall any user. The most striking characteristic on this board is its integrated USB 2.0 feature, which ensures the board will cope with what the future brings, too. A Promise RAID controller allows you to hook up four additional IDE devices using the Ultra-DMA/100 protocol. A very practical feature is the clip on the AGP slot, which ensures that your graphics card won't stick in the slot. When tested, though, the MSI turns out to be another victim of marketing hype. Every time we booted up, BIOS reported a faulty keyboard, even though the keyboard was properly connected. And our D-Link network card only worked in the first and second PCI slots.
One distinguishing feature - the MSI is the only board with a USB 2.0 controller.
Cable set for the USB 2.0.
In terms of performance, the board places in the mid-range of all the test candidates. Despite our grievances, the remaining equipment is still impressive, and includes a total of 8 USB ports, with slot ports included with the board. Unlike the competition, which generally skimps on accessories, MSI includes three IDE cables with its board. Overclockers will probably be disappointed - the FSB clock speed is limited to 133 MHz, while the maximum CPU core voltage is 1.85 volts.
All the cables come with the board.
- Chipset Duel - VIA Vs. Nvidia
- VIA Changes Their Naming Convention
- 12 Boards With VIA KT266A - Fastest Chipset For AMD & Duron
- Asus A7V266-E - No Surprises Here
- Azza 366A-AV - Plain Jane
- Chaintech CT-7VJDA- Ideal For Overclocking
- DFI AD70-SR - Inexpensive Alternative
- Epox EP-8KHA+ - Overclocking On Shaky Ground
- Gigabyte GA-7VTXH - Problems With Dual-BIOS
- MSI K7T266 Pro2 (MS-6380) - Only Skin-Deep
- QDI KD7-A (KuDoz 7) - Standard OEM Board
- Soltek SL-75DRV2 - The Overclocking King
- Soyo SY-K7V (Dragon Plus!): Well-Deserved Winner
- Shuttle AK31 V3.1 - Lackluster
- 2 Boards With Nvidia nForce 420D - Disappointing
- MSI K7N420 Pro - Targeting The End Consumer
- Test Setup: Comparing 14 Motherboards
- OpenGL Performance: Quake 3 Arena
- Direct3D Performance: Unreal Tournament
- MP3 Audio Encoding: Lame MP3
- Office Performance: Sysmark 2000
- 3D Rendering Performance: SPECviewperf
- Up Close & Personal: Features For All Boards Tested
- Up Close & Personal: Features For All Boards Tested, Continued
- Conclusion: KT266A Trounces nForce 420D - Soltek Is Front-runner