Unlike their KT400A motherboard, MSI will be spending much more time and marketing money on their KT600-based KT6 Delta-FIS2R. This is true mostly because MSI knew that the KT400A would be a short-lived chipset, and they didn't feel that it would be worth their engineering resources because of KT400A's lack of official 400MHz FSB support, in combination with the KT400A's poor overclocking performance. Looking at our results from previous KT600 reviews (Epox 8KRA2+ and Gigabyte 7VT600 1394), it seems as if KT600 motherboards are only overclocking and performing marginally better than KT400A motherboards. The biggest advantage that KT600 motherboards have over KT400A motherboards is the official 400MHz FSB support, a big selling point for Socket A motherboards.

MSI expects that their KT6 Delta-FIS2R will be able to do better than their equivalently-positioned nForce2 Ultra 400 motherboards, based on the nForce2 SPP and IGP chipsets. Despite MSI's hopes for their new KT600-based motherboard, they are still more bullish about their NVIDIA-based motherboards. In fact, MSI is currently debating how to market NVIDIA and VIA's Athlon 64 chipsets against each other, given the relatively similar chipset features, save NVIDIA's superior DSP. One interesting tidbit we stumbled upon recently was how NVIDIA and VIA's Athlon 64 chipsets were performing. Unfortunately, we cannot reveal those exact performance differences at this time, but we can tell you that it won't be all that different than today's current Socket A market.

Read on to learn more about MSI's latest Athlon XP motherboard.

MSI KT6 Delta-FIS2R: Basic Features
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  • Anonymous User - Friday, August 08, 2003 - link

    hello,
    good review as per usual.
    anyone aware of the linux driver support for the KT600 chipsets...
    can't find much info on it, probably just in the cookers.
    regards,
    Maxim.
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  • Evan Lieb - Wednesday, August 06, 2003 - link

    No problem #1.

    And thanks for pointing that out #3, I always seem to make that same mistake.

    Take care,

    Evan
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  • Anonymous User - Wednesday, August 06, 2003 - link

    "...VIA, who has now been mostly regulated to the budget chipset market."

    You mean relegated, not regulated.
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  • Anonymous User - Wednesday, August 06, 2003 - link

    With the NF7-S being available for 115$ shipped this board is a doomed in the enthusiast market. Reply
  • Anonymous User - Wednesday, August 06, 2003 - link

    Thanks for spotting the overclocking weaknesses. I had really hoped for this board in spite of the typical KT600 benchmark results(people give those numbers way too much importance). It's just that I don't want to touch another nFocer2 board, so I'll be looking at other KT600 options like Abit KV7. Hope you can give that one just as good a test as this was. Thanks again. Reply

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