Or perhaps, is it just a simple case of “DDR” fever? Here’s a quick rundown of our test system and benchmarks used. Let’s also have a look at what happens if we disable the enhanced optimisations that are automatically applied to the Sisoft Sandra memory benchmark. We see an increasing number of memory manufacturers citing DDR as the their preferred memory of Whilst slightly improving on an already excellent chipset, we feel as if Via’s efforts were not totally convincing. On closer inspection of the individual results, we find that Lobby tests gain the greatest improvement.

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VIA KT333 Motherboard Roundup – June 2002

Windows XP installed without incident. 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 A small capacitor flanks the AGP port.

It’s a nice feature kt33 have, but it’s more of a novelty item in this case; we’d trade it for on-board Ethernet any day.

One pleasant suprise for us is the estimated price. Naturally, this is a sample of one, your mileage may vary.

You’re given the option of either RAID 0 or 1. A similar story unfolds here. The time is almost 2 seconds faster than when memory is run at FSB. I like my fans, and I like plenty of them. RAID 1 on the other hand mirrors two drives of the same size, so in theory if one drive fails, the other will take over as the primary hard drive and the system can continue to operate normally. The difference between all three boards in negligble in real-life, you simply can’t tell the difference between 79 and 81fps respectively.

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Instead you have to use the plus and minus keys to scroll through a list of FSB settings from – MHz, which is a tad irritating. Naturally, a number crunching activity like Pifast thrives on memory bandwidth, as the computation relies upon passing masses of information between system memory and the CPU. As part of our stability testing, we ran SETI.

Let’s have a look at xx32 Quality, a resolution that has some real-life meaning. However, as you will see later in this review, the benefits of DDR are tangible.

Installation was a breeze with no untoward incidents to report. There was talk of incorporating USB 2.

MSI KT3 Ultra-ARU KT333 Motherboard Review

Let’s have a look at how our protagonists got on when set to calculate Pi to 10 million places. Through preliminary tests we were able to ascertain that SETI is extremely sensitive to memory bandwidth. Backwardly compatible with USB 1. 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.

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Here we use LAME 3. However, we ran the MSI KT3’s result three times, each time the results were within a second of each other, ky333 we can be sure of our numbers.

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

MSI KT3 Ultra – VIA KT Motherboard Roundup – June

MSI have a deserved history k3t33 producing rock-solid motherboards that arrive in the marketplace shortly after a chipset revision. The RAID ports are sensibly placed at the bottom left of the board making connectivity simple. Another bracket offers up to 4 USB 2. MSI has historically been rather conservative in their performance manipulation options, something that appears to have changed somewhat with the KT3.

The Athlon entered the fray in mid and has never looked back. Unfortunately, this seems reserved for the KTA. The rather suprising result is from memory running asynchronously at FSB. AMD have been having a rather good time of late.