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MSI KT6 Delta-FIS2R (VIA KT600)
By Vijay Anand
Category : Mainboard
Published by Jimmy Tang on Monday, 27th October, 2003
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  

About The MSI KT6 Delta-FIS2R

The KT6 Delta-FIS2R which utilizes the VT8237 Southbridge is the flagship KT600 motherboard from MSI and it’s a huge board with most features and connectors well spaced out.

An active cooling unit for the Northbridge chip, but don’t expect any blinking lights on this one.

The main 20-pin power connector is placed up-front on the motherboard, which is a convenient location to hook up the ATX power connector from the PSU.

Three DIMM slots are available for a maximum RAM accommodation of 3GB, but MSI has put a note in the manual stating that the DDR400 memory support is only available on four of the six available memory banks. This wasn’t stated on the Soltek motherboard that we reviewed, but we believe if one KT600 motherboard has this restriction, then all others would be restricted alike. We did a check on an AOpen KT600 motherboard and it was found to have the same restriction as well. Therefore, KT600 motherboards can only support a maximum of 2GB of DDR400 memory (but the keywords are ‘four memory banks’). We are not surprised at this limitation since this is getting to be the norm as memory speeds are being ramped up. The single channel memory controller has to tradeoff the number of memory banks it can access in favor of speed, signal strength and data reliability reasons. For DDR266 and DDR333 memory, the controller supports all six memory banks for a total of 3GB.

If you have read about MSI’s CoreCell Technology on the MSI 865/875 Neo series of motherboards, the KT6 Delta-FIS2R would be good news to Athlon XP users since it is the only Socket-A motherboard from MSI that embraces this technology. Its primary features are:-

  • BuzzFree – keeps system fan noise low, unless operating temperatures are high.
  • PowerPro - power throttling mechanism that cuts power consumption when system is idling and ramps the supply when more compute intensive tasks are performed.
  • LivePro – Due to the above two features, system components on the motherboard are likely to last longer in ideal cases.
  • Speedster – Provides advanced overclocking options and coupled with MSI’s CoreCenter software, it allows easy overclocking via Windows operating environment.

    This is just a summary of the CoreCell’s features but we have dedicated a whole page with more information and pictures of this technology here .

    This is the CoreCell Chip that is grabbing the spotlight on the box packaging of the KT6 Delta series.
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