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MSI has completely turned around the K7T266 Pro motherboard from the first reviews we saw of it. Where as the motherboard used to be synonymous with crashing and slow DDR speeds, with the latest bios releases and VIA 4-in-1 drivers, the MSI KT266 motherboard offering is showing that it can live up to the rest of the DDR market.

In the KT266 chipset battle, the Epox 8KHA and the MSI K7T266 Pro motherboard are nearly neck and neck with each having a few benchmarks sway their way. As far as features go, the 8KHA currently does not have a RAID option, so that might make the K7T266 Pro-R motherboard your first choice in this arena. However, Epox has been recently getting a lot of press for great overclocking success and new bios’ that have added extra overclocking features yet unseen on other boards. Whether or not they can or will offer these on the KT266 line of motherboards remains to be seen.

Comparing the MSI K7T266 Pro to the current AMD 760 market shows nearly the exact picture as the 8KHA did. While the KT266 chipset is getting closer and closer to the scores of the AMD 760 chipsets with each new bios and driver release, they are still behind on a few of them. This, of course, does not discount the purchase of a K7T266 Pro motherboard, because, as we have already seen, MSI’s devotion to upgrading and maintaining the bios is very good.

There are some more KT266 motherboards coming out, and we will be sure to review most of them. Shuttle, APro, Asus and Abit are all having review samples sent here. Chances are none of them will be using the second stepping of the KT266 chipset, at least not yet, they might prove to be great competitors in the heavy-hitting DDR motherboard market. Overall, I see MSI’s offering in the KT266 market to be equal in performance and options with the Epox 8KHA. It is an excellent addition to MSI’s line of quality AMD motherboards.

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