The board is essentially jumper-free with only the ubiquitous clear CMOS jumper making an appearance behind the third fan header. Whilst the Pentium4 motherboard arena has been busy of late with a number of new chipsets for the ever changing processor, the same cannot be truthfully said for motherboards that provide the base for AMD’s processors. The extensive specification list informs you that this board is jam-packed with features. We were frankly astonished at the difference that an improved memory controller along with deeper internal buffers made. However, we ran the MSI KT3’s result three times, each time the results were within a second of each other, so we can be sure of our numbers. We calculate the average FPS after 20, frames have been encoded. Put simply, it calculates the constant Pi to X million decimal places using the fastest method possible.

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Expect offerings from all the major manufacturers to hit the retail shelves shortly.

Remember that Bluetooth offers very little bandwidth 1Mbpswhich isn’t sufficient for any type of PC network. Other system processes take their toll when running memory at DDR, such that it can’t satiate the Athlon’s memory desire.

There was talk of incorporating USB 2.

VIA KT333 Motherboard Roundup – June 2002

ot333 In that time we didn’t have one crash that could be attributable to the motherboard, It was and is the paradigm of stability. The close-knit performance from various motherboard manufacturers highlighted the maturity of the chipset, rarely did we see a poor motherboard.


The difference between all three boards in negligble in real-life, you simply can’t tell the difference between 79 and 81fps respectively. We’d hoped the KT chipset would have support for this. Naturally, this is a sample of one, your mileage may vary. The well-received KTA has been subject to a few superficial changes in its transformation to the present KT chipset.

This, in our opinion, is a strange location. We at Hexus kt333 to see just how far we can push our kit.

Enough of the theoretical talk, let’s turn our attention to one of the first full-production motherboards to boast the kt3333 KT insignia. Windows XP installed without incident.

MSI KT3 Ultra – VIA KT Motherboard Roundup – June

We see the standard 5 Nsi slots bit, 33Mhz along with a rather redundant CNR slot, we’d wish motherboard manufacturers would dispense with these. However, the results are quantifiably different. This, once again, seems to ratify our theory that DDR is able to provide the DDR limited Athlon more available bandwidth when truly required.

The differences are only significant in benchmarking terms, we challenge anybody to tell the visual difference between and fps respectively. The reasoning behind this new motherboard lies in a couple of extra msl. The major difference being the support for a DDR memory bus. At least one of the other three will be used by the processor fan, leaving two to play with should you want to add a special GPU heatsink or small case fan.


Therefore, revisions in motherboards are evolutionary rather than revolutionary. The reason it’s not considered true RAID is because if one ktt333 fails, all data is lost.

We’re reviewing a full production model from one the most well-regarded motherboard manufacturers, MSI Micro Star International. The time is almost 2 seconds faster than when memory is run at FSB.

FSB selection is flexible too, ranging from – Mhz in 1Mhz increments, something which the overclocking and tweaking community will be grateful for. AMD have been having a rather good time of late. Let’s continue and see if it makes the same impression that other MSI ‘boards have done in the past. AGP voltage can also be increased to 1.

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. We feel that MSI’s interpretation of the KT chipset has been a successful one, one that marries performance to stability. I like my fans, and I like plenty of them. RAID 0 simply amalgamates 2 drives so that they work as a single larger drive. 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.

Please bear these speeds in mind when comparing results.