We feel that MSI’s interpretation of the KT chipset has been a successful one, one that marries performance to stability. Firstly we can see that it took a long time, seconds isn’t quick by any stretch of the imagination. The KT is slightly faster and should come-to-market at about the same price. 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. As with previous USB 2.

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MSI don’t give you a motherboard so much as a package. We had a couple of niggles about the layout, the placing of the ATX connector was somewhat strange.

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. 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.

We us the publicly available demo so that you could compare results if need be.

RAID 1 backs-up the data on one ms and mirrors it on the redundant drive, far more useful for data safety. Another bracket offers up to 4 USB 2. Please login or register. We’re reviewing a full production model from one the most well-regarded motherboard manufacturers, MSI Micro Star International.


We’ll next turn our attention to another number-crunching activity.

KT3-Ultra2 will not boot with USB storage device plugged in

A small capacitor flanks the AGP port. Of course since the KT3 Ultra2-BR does inherit the old layout it still has the same jt3 that plagued the old motherboard. Put simply, it calculates the constant Pi to X million decimal places using the fastest method possible.

Please bear these speeds in mind when comparing results.

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I have my USB external case connected but turned off and only turn it on when i’m going to use it and don’t have any problem. For those of you who crunch SETI as a pastime, even a second decrease in times would be most welcome. Benchmarks were run 3 times consecutively ulgra an average score was taken. DVD encoding is another activity that thrives on memory bandwidth.

We had to manually install the USB 2. Unfortunately, at the time of testing, we didn’t have access to bluetooth devices to verify just how well it works.

There was talk of incorporating USB 2. 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. Best Selling in Motherboards See all.

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Fitted with an all-in-one monoblock which matches the Gigabyte Aorus aesthetic. In msl rather homogenous world, it’s pleasing to see a motherboard manufacturer try to make their product stand out, the vibrant red certainly does that. Click to find out more. As shown above, we chose the most aggressive options available in testing. As with previous USB 2.


Any suggestions what to try next? If motherboards were judged on aesthetics, the MSI would score very highly. Also, my personal pet peeve is this little capacitor which sits closely to the AGP ubs.

The only complaint we have here about the socket on the KT3 Ultra2-BR is just how close it is to the top of the mainboard.

About this product Product Information MSI specializes in the design and manufacturing of mainboards, interface cards, and ultrq. We see the standard 5 PCI slots bit, 33Mhz along with a rather redundant CNR slot, we’d wish motherboard manufacturers would dispense with these. Whilst slightly improving on an already excellent chipset, we feel as if Via’s efforts were uktra totally convincing.

Although not directly in the way, it can be a nuisance if, like us, you change your AGP cards often.