Unfortunately, on our board at least, there is no accompanying jumper. Subjective listening revealed that whilst not on a par with Nforce’s excellent APU, the on-board solution was more than adequate for general Windows duty, we’d say it was on a par with C-Media’s excellent 87xx series of codecs. The main IDE ports, along with the floppy port are located sensibly to the right of the board. Unfortunately we do not have extra hard drives handy to fully test the RAID function. The rather suprising result is from memory running asynchronously at FSB.

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

Enough of the theoretical talk, let’s turn our attention to one of the first full-production motherboards to boast the new KT insignia. Naturally, a number crunching activity like Pifast thrives on memory bandwidth, as the computation relies upon passing masses ulhra information between system memory and the CPU.

As is MSI’s recent tradtion, this board comes jam-packed with features. Often 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. You’re given the option of either RAID 0 or 1.

Often times manufacturers neglect the msj things such as this. The RAID ports are sensibly placed at ultda bottom left of the board making connectivity simple. Vcore voltage is adjustable in 0. 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.


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Interestingly, on closer inspection of the board, we see markings that indicate FSB CPU operation selectable by jumper. The ample bandwidth afforded by DDR seems more suited to the role.

We calculate the average FPS after 20, frames have been encoded. DVD encoding is another activity that thrives on memory bandwidth.

Hltra up now Username Password Remember Me. Let’s have a look at xx32 Quality, a resolution that has some real-life meaning. This is what is supposed to happen with a SCSI hard drive setup and it actually works pretty well there. Overall, we’re pretty pleased with the layout of the board. If history is true, the Promise IDE controllers are usually very good performers, often times at or near the top of their class.

Anyway, on to the results. We ran the benchmark at Fastest and xx32 Quality. Really good in fact. The main IDE ports, along with the floppy port are located sensibly to the right of the board. At present, only Maxtor, in the form of the DX series, currently have hard drives on the market that comply with this new standard.

The reason it’s not considered true RAID is because if soound drive fails, all data is lost. 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.


The impressive overclocking options coupled with our new XP processor from AMD ensured that we would be furnished with a reasonable overclock. The greater memory throughput available allows the Athlon to truly flex its muscles in this test. Other system processes take their toll when running memory at DDR, such that it can’t satiate the Athlon’s memory desire. Put simply, it calculates the constant Pi to X million decimal places using the fastest utlra possible.

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

This codec offers genuine improvements over the standard AC97 that ships with most motherboards. Even with today’s powerful processors, we still have to wait a considerable time before a ‘DVD-rip’ is complete. Even though I have small hands, everytime I removed the videocard my finger would nudge that capacitor and that’s not very comforting. The MSI’s better memory optimisations at FSB put it ahead of the Asus by just over a second, we had expected to see such a result after seeing the results of the non-enhanced memory benchmark.

We’re using Xmpeg 2. More of a theoretical test as no-one we know plays at this resolution.