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The extensive specification list informs you that this board is jam-packed with features. You’re given the option of either RAID 0 or 1. MSI don’t give you a motherboard so much as a package. However, the results are quantifiably different. We’d hoped the KT chipset would have support for this. The silver North bridge fan adds an element of class to the package.

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MSI KT3 Ultra-ARU KT333 Motherboard Review

We feel that MSI’s interpretation of the KT chipset has ultr a successful one, one that marries performance to stability. On closer inspection of the individual results, we find that Lobby tests gain the greatest improvement. The KT3 Ultra comes packing a total of 4 fan headers, with one automatically taken up by the active Northbridge heatsink. We wouldn’t recommend running RAID 0 for important data as there is no redundancy.

Review: MSI KT3 Ultra ARU – Mainboard –

One thing to note before comparing benchmarks is the relative running speed of the processor on both motherboards. Benchmarks were run 3 times consecutively and an average score was taken.

The board is essentially jumper-free with only the ubiquitous clear CMOS jumper making an appearance behind the third fan header. Although the graph seems to initially indicate a large disparity between ultrq, on closer inspection we see the difference is rather small yet repeatable.


The first thing that strikes you about this board is the colour.

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.

The rather suprising result is from memory running asynchronously at FSB. The major difference being the utra for a DDR memory bus. A small capacitor flanks the AGP port. Memory can be tweaked quite extensively too, with the inclusion of the performance-enhancing 1T command.

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. Often it is these little things that really only cause issues when the board is installed and you trying to get at something without pulling out bunch of wires or cards.

The rather stylish Northbridge heatsink dominates the middle kltra of the board. Put simply, it calculates the constant Pi to X million decimal places using the fastest method possible. Really good in fact. Again, running asynchronously offers a benefit. If motherboards were judged on aesthetics, the MSI would score very highly. Naturally, having data stored over two drives means less latency but also more risk.

MSI KT3 Ultra – VIA KT Motherboard Roundup – June

To measure the limitation of our board, we used a factory-unlocked 1. Other benchmarks from the same demo showed a lesser variance in results.


The black borders are cropped to save unnecessary encoding time. At present, only Maxtor, in the form of the DX series, currently have hard drives on the market that comply with this new standard. Although not directly in the way, it can be a nuisance if, like us, you change ultrx AGP cards often.

Everything is held inside the case snugly, and with its glossy finish, jt3 quite a change from the average bland motherboard box of old. However, the results are quantifiably different. Let’s have a look at the board and its specification. This, once again, seems to ratify our theory that DDR is able to provide the DDR limited Athlon more available bandwidth when truly required. This, in our opinion, is a strange location.

Firstly, let’s have a look at Fastest. MSI don’t give you a motherboard so much as a package. A similar story unfolds here.