MSI KT3 Ultra333 Socket A m/b

By Tawhid 1
Mar 7, 2002
  1. Less then six months after announcing the KT266A chipset, the much improved version of the original KT266, VIA has announced the new KT333. Good yes, but you have to wonder about the logic behind this.

    After all VIA's KT266A was the chipset of choice for motherboard manufacturers and consumers because of its performance and stability.

    Was VIA really feeling threatened by SiS's 745? Or perhaps, is it just a simple case of "DDR333" fever? Whichever it may be, the era of the KT333 chipset, and the "DDR333" catch phraise is upon us fully.

    MSI has always embraced new technology - often they are one of the first manufacturers to adopt, and the KT3 Ultra-ARU is no exception. Sporting the VIA KT333 chipset this red motherboard is fully packed with features. With a 4x AGP (2.0) slot, five PCI's, onboard 5.1 audio, onboard USB2.0 and an IDE Ultra/133 RAID controller what more could a person want?

    The VIA KT333 chipset is a little bit less defined as a true upgrade in chipsets as it seems that it may be more of a marketing ploy than a real advancement. This is not to say, that the chipset performs poorly, that couldn't be further from the truth, but with the "333" in its name you would expect performance to be substantially above that of the KT266A.

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