We’re seeing consistent results that seem to indicate that DDR can positively impact on performance, albeit in a small way. Let’s have a look at how our protagonists got on when set to calculate Pi to 10 million places. Benchmarks were run 3 times consecutively and an average score was taken. Again, running asynchronously offers a benefit. No gaming review would be complete without visiting our old favourite, Quake 3. The difference from synchronous to asynchronous modes is around marks, although only a nominal 1. A vivid red greets you as you open the box.

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DVD encoding is another activity that thrives on memory bandwidth. In today’s rather homogenous world, it’s pleasing to see a motherboard manufacturer try to make their product stand out, the vibrant red certainly does that. The full title of this motherboard gives you an idea of what to expect.

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To give us an idea of how the differency memory sub-systems handle a real game, we benchmarked the popular Serious Sam 2. Let’s also have a look at what happens if we disable the enhanced lutra that are automatically applied to the Sisoft Sandra memory benchmark.

In ultfa homogenous world, it makes a pleasing and refreshing change to see a manufacturer put some thought into the way their product looks.

The close-knit performance from various motherboard manufacturers highlighted the maturity of the chipset, rarely did we see a poor motherboard.

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On closer inspection of the individual results, we find that Lobby tests gain the greatest improvement. The first thing that is clearly evident here is the the evolutionary nature of the KT chipset.


We ran the benchmark at Fastest and xx32 Quality. Once rebooted it guesses a decent, overclocked speed, quite clever really. Most of today’s most demanding ausio are memory bandwidth hungry, therefore it stands to reason that a more efficient memory controller should, ceteris paribus, bring about greater performance.

At first glance, the numbers look disarmingly similar.

We can look akdio to the Sisoft Sandra unenhanced memory benchmarks for an explanation of the results. We’ve found this combination to be the most stable in our stress tests. If ever there was a akdio to differentiate between competing memory sub-systems then Quake 3 would be it.

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. Starting at the top and working our way down, we see the ATX power connector is located at the at the top left tk3 the board.

AGP voltage can also be increased to 1. The Athlon entered the fray in mid and has never looked back. We had a couple of niggles about the layout, the placing of the ATX connector was somewhat strange.

Enough of the theoretical talk, let’s turn our attention to one of the first full-production motherboards to boast the new KT insignia. The weight of the unopened box is enough to inform you of that. Log in Don’t have an account?

We removed the heatsink and were glad to see MSI had the care and attention to use thermal paste as a conduit between the Northbridge and heatsink. Here we see a tie across the board, it appears that LAME encoding is purely CPU-intensive, an increased memory bus seems to have little effect on the results.


The inclusion of ATA support is another future-proof move that should pay dividends as soon as hard drives catch up. The silver North bridge fan adds an element of class to the package. We tried to engineer a situation where stability would be compromised. 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 greater memory throughput available allows the Athlon to truly flex its muscles in this test. Vcore voltage is adjustable in 0.

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AMD’s success is due in some part to Via Technologies. Being multiplier-locked, we resorted to raising the FSB one Mhz per time. The fact that the MSI ca put almost marks into the Asus whilst running at a slightly lower clock speed speaks volumes for MSI’s memory efficiency.

MSI has historically been rather conservative in their performance manipulation options, something that appears to have changed somewhat with the KT3.

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