We ran ZD's Content
Creation and Business Winstone benchmarks to test
"real-world" performance in Multimedia and Office
The DDR equipped
K7T266 Pro outperformed the KT7A-RAID by
approximately 10% at the same clockspeed.
"Office" type applications are plenty fast on any
high-performance PC though, the 10% performance
increase is unperceivable in real world use.
CONTENT CREATION WINSTONE:
Although the MSI
K7T266 Pro again outperformed the KT7A, I expected
to see a larger gap in this test. I figured
the multimedia applications comprising this test
(Photoshop, Premiere Etc.) would benefit more from
the increased memory bandwidth. At higher
bus speeds, I suspect the KT266 would have a
larger performance lead.
the MSI K7T266 Pro was a top-notch performer.
In addition to it's excellent performance, the
K7T266 Pro was perfectly stable. Even while
overclocking our test system was rock-solid. We
didn't experience a single crash or lock-up.
We have no choice but
to praise the MSI K7T266 Pro. As was the
case with the Apollo 133A, as the KT266 has
matured it's stability and performance has
dramatically increased. Reviewing the
feature list reveals that there is currently no
other, widely available DDR / Socket A board as
feature rich as the MSI KT266 Pro. Aside
from a few minor issues with the layout, and the
higher cost of DDR RAM compared to standard SDRAM,
there is nothing negative to report regarding the
KT266 Pro. Throughout testing, working with
this board was an absolute pleasure. Without
hesitation we recommend this board to anyone
looking build a high-performance Athlon system.
We give the MSI K7T266 Pro our Editor's Choice
Award and a HotHardware Heat Meter rating of...
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