One detraction is that the bluetooth connection is shared with one of the USB 2. Ideally, we would have liked to see the full complement of DDR slots. Interestingly, on closer inspection of the board, we see markings that indicate FSB CPU operation selectable by jumper. We ran the benchmark at Fastest and xx32 Quality. Fuzzy Logic is a particular favourite of ours, it safely overclocks your CPU through Windows, thereby eliminating many failed bootups. Let’s have a look at how our protagonists got on when set to calculate Pi to 10 million places.

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The major difference being the support for a DDR memory bus. Still, with a total of eight USB ports, we’re sure you wouldn’t miss one. Remember that Bluetooth offers very little bandwidth 1Mbpswhich isn’t sufficient for any type of PC network.

At present, only Maxtor, in the form of the DX series, currently have hard drives on the market that comply with this new standard. Fuzzy Logic is a particular favourite of ours, it safely overclocks your CPU through Windows, thereby eliminating many failed bootups. 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. MSI have a deserved history of producing rock-solid motherboards that arrive in the marketplace shortly after a chipset revision.

The extensive specification list informs you that this board is jam-packed with features. We overclocked the processor, ran different modules of RAM, used the most aggressive memory timings available.


As is MSI’s recent tradtion, this board comes jam-packed with features. That doesn’t change anything but we just found it interesting. 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.

Three Kings is the DVD of choice, it’s mixture of action and dialogue make it an excellent benchmarking test. Since the data is divided equally and written on two hard drives it also increases the data bandwidth by two. Here’s a quick rundown of our test system and benchmarks used.

By reading this site you agree to our cookie policy. RAID 1 backs-up the data on one drive and mirrors it on the redundant drive, far more useful for data safety. We had to manually install the USB 2.

The main IDE ports, along with the floppy port are located sensibly to the right of the board. FSB selection is flexible too, ranging from – Mhz in 1Mhz increments, something which the overclocking and tweaking community will be grateful for.

Heck you never can have too many right! You’re greeted by a cacophony of buzzers if you connect the heatsink fan to anything other than the designated CPU fan header, we thought all hell had broken loose.

MSI KT3 Ultra – VIA KT Motherboard Roundup – June

We’ll next turn our attention to another number-crunching activity. The difference from synchronous to asynchronous modes is around marks, although only a nominal 1.


Although not directly in the way, it can be a nuisance if, ultga us, you change your AGP cards often. We had a couple of niggles about the layout, the placing of the ATX connector was somewhat strange.

We know that many of our readers are interested in SETI. Anyway, on to the results.

MSI KT3 Ultra ARU Motherboard Review

We ran at xx32 Normal preferences, sound was disabled. The MSI’s better memory optimisations at FSB put it ahead of the Asus by just over a second, we mso expected to see such a result after seeing the results of the non-enhanced memory benchmark.

As soon as you open the rather heavy motherboard box, you just know that a considerable amount of thought has been put into the board and package.

MSI has historically been rather conservative in their performance manipulation options, something that appears to have changed somewhat with mzi KT3. Ships with the following: We used the publicly available demo so that you could compare results if need be. However, as you will see later in this review, the benefits of DDR are tangible.