Why you should need it at boot time unless you are trying to boot from it? DVD encoding is another activity that thrives on memory bandwidth. In our eyes, the best has just got slightly better. RAID 1 backs-up the data on one drive and mirrors it on the redundant drive, far more useful for data safety. The difference between all three boards in negligble in real-life, you simply can’t tell the difference between 79 and 81fps respectively. The range of voltages available for manipulation is one of the broadest seen from MSI. Save on Motherboards Trending price is based on prices over last 90 days.

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Overall, we’re pretty pleased with the layout of the board.

Review: MSI KT3 Ultra ARU – Mainboard –

Naturally, a number crunching activity like Pifast thrives on memory bandwidth, as the computation relies upon passing masses of information between system memory and the CPU. Any reduction in time would be more than welcome. The manual is well written and intuitively easy to understand.

Home Help Search Login Register. Instead you have to use the plus and minus keys to scroll through a list of FSB settings from – MHz, which is a tad irritating.

We’re seeing a continuing trend here, one that shows that running asynchronously offers a small benefit. We wish more mainboards would be designed in a friendly way towards larger heatsinks.


About Us Employment Privacy Policy. The ample bandwidth afforded by DDR seems more suited to the role.

In that time we didn’t have one crash that could be attributable to the motherboard, It was and is the paradigm of stability. It’s interesting to note that the codec on MSI’s board actually has Realtek’s logo on the chip Realtek owns Avance Logic while all of the other chips are clearly labeled as Avance Logic.

Let’s have a look at how our protagonists got on when set to calculate Pi to 10 million places.

MSI KT3 Ultra-ARU, Socket A, AMD (MS-6380-020) Motherboard

The weight of the unopened box is enough to inform you of that. AMD’s success is due in some part to Via Technologies. We see a comprehensive list of features that allow one to experiment with overclocking.

AGP voltage can also be increased to 1.

MSI KT3 Ultra2 – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT Overview – CNET

Fuzzy Logic is a particular favourite of ours, it safely overclocks your CPU through Windows, thereby eliminating many failed bootups. The major difference being the support for a DDR memory bus. I have no issues with the USB case in Windows. The RAID ports are sensibly placed at the bottom left of the board making connectivity simple.

Features and Installation The extensive specification list informs you that this board is jam-packed with features. We were frankly astonished at the difference that an improved memory controller along with deeper internal buffers made. If you have a heatsink which requires the use of a flat head screw driver, and that kind of case it is just about impossible to properly install the heatsink.


MSI also uses the finest precision equipment to minimize the defect rate. Msj, historically, have not paid too much attention to the overclocking community. On closer inspection of the individual results, we find that Lobby tests gain the greatest improvement.

Here we use LAME 3. No gaming review would be complete without visiting our old favourite, Quake 3. Other benchmarks from the same demo showed a lesser variance in results. Layout 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.

The black borders are cropped to save unnecessary encoding time. The range of voltages available for manipulation is one of the broadest seen from MSI.

Any suggestions what to try next? Here’s a quick rundown of our test system and benchmarks used. The might utra the XP is certainly evident here.