Unfortunately we do not have extra hard drives handy to fully test the RAID function. This one takes a while to complete. Firstly let’s have a look at the KT chipset in a little more detail. On closer inspection of the individual results, we find that Lobby tests gain the greatest improvement. Benchmarks were run 3 times consecutively and an average score was taken.

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RAID 0 simply amalgamates 2 drives so that they work as a single larger drive.

Interestingly, on closer inspection of the board, we see markings that indicate FSB CPU operation selectable by jumper. Backwardly compatible with USB 1. DDR theoretically offer 2.

If history is true, the Promise IDE controllers are usually very good performers, often times at or near the top of their class.

Windows XP installed without incident. 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. The inclusion of Bluetooth functionality is definitely a neat feature, but Bluetooth was never intended to be a PC networking standard and on-board Ethernet would have been much more useful. The close-knit performance from various motherboard manufacturers highlighted the maturity of the chipset, rarely did we see a poor motherboard.

The rather suprising result is from memory running asynchronously at FSB. Naturally, this is a sample of one, your mileage may vary. Since the data is divided equally and written on two hard drives it also increases the data bandwidth by two.


We used the publicly available demo so that you could compare results if need be. We can look back to the Sisoft Sandra unenhanced memory benchmarks for an explanation of the results.

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We’re seeing a continuing trend here, one that shows that running asynchronously offers a small benefit. The slightly increased usable memory bandwidth available allows the MSI in DDR mode to pull ahead of itself in DDR mode by approximately 10fps, not a significant amount, but one that by now ms expected.

Bios duty is handled by AMI, version 3. Here we see a tie across the board, it appears that LAME encoding it3 purely CPU-intensive, an increased memory bus seems to have little effect on the results. This codec offers genuine improvements over the standard AC97 that ships with most motherboards. Really good in fact.

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

The demo automatically generates statistics after each run. The reason it’s not considered true RAID is because if one drive fails, all data is lost. The KT3 Ultra uptra packing a total of 4 fan headers, with one automatically taken up by the active Northbridge heatsink. The main IDE ports, along with the floppy port are located sensibly to the right of the board. It seems as if Via are more than content with the performance of the KTA chipset as no major performance enhancements are evident with the KT As soon as you open the rather heavy motherboard box, you just know that a considerable amount mxi thought has been put into the board and package.


We had to manually install the USB 2. The MSI’s better memory optimisations at FSB put it ahead jsi 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.

The major difference being the support for a DDR memory mso. FSB selection is flexible too, ranging from – Mhz in 1Mhz increments, something which the overclocking and tweaking community will be grateful for.

Firstly let’s have a look at the KT chipset in a little more detail.

Being multiplier-locked, we resorted to raising the FSB one Mhz per time. Here we see an interesting result.

This, in our opinion, is a strange location. However, we ran the MSI KT3’s result three times, each time the results were mdi a second of each other, so we can be sure of our numbers.

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