Through preliminary tests we were able to ascertain that SETI is extremely sensitive to memory bandwidth. 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 Unfortunately, this seems reserved for the KTA. We’ll next turn our attention to another number-crunching activity. Three Kings is the DVD of choice, it’s mixture of action and dialogue make it an excellent benchmarking test.

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MSI KT3 Ultra-ARU – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT Overview – CNET

We tried our utmost to engineer a situation were we could make the board crash. 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. Via, the giant Taiwanese chipset maker, were there at the beginning of the Athlon’s life-cycle with the KX Here we see an interesting result.

We had to manually install the USB 2. Fortunately, our efforts were handled impeccably by the KT3, not a single crash in over 16 hours of running Prime95 torture test and SETI concurrently.

Thankfully, we have more than enough room around the CPU socket to mount large coolers.


Put simply, it calculates the constant Pi to X million decimal places using the fastest method possible. This allows them to be in close proximity to the drives they service.

Still, with a total of eight USB ports, we’re sure you wouldn’t miss one.

As shown above, we chose the most aggressive options available in testing. Conclusion The first thing that is clearly evident here is the the evolutionary nature of the KT chipset.

Interestingly, on closer inspection of the board, we see markings that indicate FSB CPU operation yltra by ultrz. Unfortunately, this seems reserved for the KTA. The extensive specification list informs you that this board is jam-packed with features. We’d hazard a guess that the motherboard platform is irrelevant for this test.

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We’re using Xmpeg 2. The Lobby tests are known to be especially bandwidth-hungry, a fact that is borne out by our results. 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. Firstly let’s have a look at the KT chipset in a little more detail.

However, as you will see later in this review, the benefits of DDR are tangible. At first glance, the numbers look disarmingly similar. The demo ulttra chose was Valley of the Jaguar, one which contains a massive amount of geometry. The first thing that is clearly evident here is the the evolutionary nature of the KT chipset. All benchmarks were conducted at xx32 85Hz with vertical sync disabled. Firstly, let’s have a look at Fastest.


If, however, we were upgrading from an older Socket A platform, we would see no sense in buying a KTA based motherboard. The current BIOS for the board supports the new Thoroughbred core and all voltage adjustments are supported in the setup. 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’d hoped the KT chipset would have support for this.

Windows XP installed without incident. Remember that Bluetooth offers very little bandwidth 1Mbpswhich isn’t sufficient for any ulltra of PC network.

MSI have a deserved history of producing rock-solid motherboards that arrive in the marketplace shortly after a chipset revision.

A small capacitor flanks the AGP port. The usual gamut of hardware features are covered in intuitive fashion.