MSI KT6 Delta-FIS2R: Basic Features

 Motherboard Specifications
CPU Interface Socket-462
Chipset VIA KT600 North Bridge
VIA VT8237 South Bridge
Bus Speeds up to 280MHz (in 1MHz increments)
Core Voltage up to 1.850V in 0.0250V increments
up to 2.300V in 0.150V increments after 1.850V
I/O Voltage N/A
DRAM Voltage up to 3.30V (in 0.05V increments excluding 3.15V)
Memory Slots 3 X 184-pin DDR DIMM Slots
Expansion Slots 1 X AGP 8X Slot
5 X PCI Slots
Onboard IDE RAID Promise PDC20378 RAID Controller (two SATA connectors, one IDE connector)
Onboard USB 2.0/IEEE-1394 Eight USB 2.0 ports supported by VT8237
VIA VT6306 IEEE-1394 FireWire (up to 3 ports available)
Onboard LAN Broadcom 5788 10/100 controller
Onboard Audio C-Media CMI9739A AC’97 codec
Onboard Serial ATA Two SATA connectors via VT8237 (RAID 0, 1 & 0 + 1)
Promise PDC20378 Controller (two SATA connectors)
BIOS Revision rev. 5.1

Unlike most other KT600 motherboards, MSI's KT600 motherboard utilizes C-Media's CMI9749A codec. There's nothing especially significant to note about this codec except to say that it'll offer fairly good sound quality for everyday audio tasks, such as listening to MP3s and even occasional gaming, if you're not bothered by the lack of a high fidelity surround sound system.

The MSI KT6 Delta-FIS2R motherboard does not use a very conventional LAN controller. The Broadcom 5788 controller is a 10/100 chip that we haven't seen before, but functions just fine as a Fast Ethernet adapter. While it is somewhat unfortunate to see that the MSI KT600 does not utilize a 10/100/1000 network controller like most modern-day motherboards (mostly Intel motherboards at this point), 10/100 controllers are still adequate for broadband user’s needs. GbE (Gigabit Ethernet) can be useful for home and home office users who transfer large files between networked computers, but that's the extent of it for most users.

The KT6 Delta-FIS2R I/O ports configuration is standard for the market this motherboard is aimed at. The I/O ports included are two PS/2 ports, two serial ports, one parallel port, six USB 2.0 ports, one LAN port, and Mic In, Line In, and Line Out, which drive the onboard sound. As usual, MSI includes a girth of rear USB 2.0 ports, which is definitely helpful for users who use multiple USB devices at the same time, such as digital cameras, USB flash memory keys, printers, scanners, etc. Although MSI doesn’t include rear IEEE 1394 FireWire support, you can still make use of the onboard VT6306 PCI-bound FireWire controller via included 3-port bracket. Motherboard makers have told us time and again that FireWire isn't in high demand as an onboard feature now that USB is so prevalent. Still, motherboard makers continue to include FireWire on their mid-range and high-end motherboards. Cost may be the underlying issue why motherboard makers are so reluctant to add rear FireWire; if that's the case, we can certainly understand their reluctance given the lack of significant demand.

As expected with all current KT600 motherboards, the MSI KT6 Delta-FIS2R has native Serial ATA support, courtesy of VIA's brand new VT8237 South Bridge. The VT8237 supports RAID 0, 1 and 0 + 1, which is a nice addition for users looking for the best combination of RAID support in a desktop motherboard. The advantage of RAID 0 + 1 is fast data access (like RAID 0), but with the ability to lose one drive, yet still have a complete duplicate surviving drive or set of drives (like RAID 1). In case you didn't already know, RAID 0 + 1 is stripping (RAID 0) and mirroring (RAID 1) combined without parity having to be calculated and written. In addition to all of this, VIA has also upped V-link's throughput from 533MB/s to 1066MB/s. All in all, VIA's new South Bridge is impressive, and certainly gives KT600 boards some added value compared to nForce2 motherboards. The new increased chipset I/O bandwidth is also a welcome addition, as it should help in those "intangible" computing experiences, such as multitasking.

The KT6 Delta-FIS2R's Promise PDC20378 controller powers the third IDE controller on this motherboard, and is capable of supporting exactly two IDE drives. This same Promise PDC20378 controller also powers two Serial ATA connectors residing on the left and right hand sides of the controller. When you take into account the two VT8237 SATA connectors we just talked about and the Primary and Secondary IDE connectors, this motherboard is capable of supporting a grand total of ten drives.

The most unique feature that the KT6 Delta-FIS2R brings to the table is CoreCell. CoreCell is MSI's own proprietary technology, whose purpose is to regulate your systems voltages and temperatures to fit users' needs better. MSI includes a (now fully functional) CoreCenter utility that is meant to tweak the voltages, fan speeds, etc., which CoreCell technology regulates. This is definitely a welcome feature for enthusiasts that covet complete control over their systems.

Index MSI KT6 Delta-FIS2R: Board Layout


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  • Anonymous User - Friday, September 19, 2003 - link

    i have a kt600 delta-lsr.
    AIDA shows:
    --vlink is 640mhz when i use 200FSB.--
    does it mean my pci clock is 40mhz?
  • Anonymous User - Saturday, September 13, 2003 - link

    The Broadcom Ethernet Controller on this motherboard IS 10/100/1000 (the BC 5788) so provides Gigabit unlike your review.

    The board layout is exceptionally good.

    The number of IDE connectors is the highest I have ever seen.

    The number of rear USB 2.0 ports (6) is also the highest and is not the "standard IO" you talk about.

    Who wants to do overclocking above 200MHz? With the Athlon XP near its limit at 200/400, you are asking for stability problems with the processor going much higher!

    Apart from that - good review!

  • Anonymous User - Thursday, September 11, 2003 - link

    What mother would you buy? KT6 Delta (6490) or NF2 Delta (6570). Just 8 dollars of difference? Thanks! Reply
  • Anonymous User - Thursday, August 28, 2003 - link

    Here in Spain, the MSI KT6Delta is aviable at 85$, including taxes. I think it's a fine competitor to the 110$ nforce2(no ultra 400).
  • LoneWolf15 - Thursday, August 14, 2003 - link

    P.S. MSI also has a budget NF2 Ultra 400 mainboard, without Firewire, Serial ATA, or RAID, but with onboard sound and LAN, the K7N2 Delta-L, which has a street price of about $90 and still gives dual channel 128bit memory performance. Why would anyone buy a KT600 mainboard when this is available? Reply
  • LoneWolf15 - Thursday, August 14, 2003 - link

    "For these types of users, choose nForce2 Ultra 400 motherboards from ABIT, Gigabyte, ASUS, and Epox, among others." (endquote)

    Ironic that Anandtech doesn't note that MSI also has their own NForce 2 Ultra 400 option, the K7N2 Delta ILSR, even though they mention the board as having been reviewed at Viper's Lair in this week's news. I have one and have found it to be a great board, still wondering why it rarely gets reviewed compared to ASUS, Abit, DFI, and Chaintech NF2 Ultra 400 boards.
  • Evan Lieb - Friday, August 8, 2003 - link

    I assume you're joking # 7. :)

    #8, you forgot to include the two SATA connectors controlled by the VT8237 South Bridge.
  • Anonymous User - Friday, August 8, 2003 - link

    To Evan Lieb :
    1) Good one with the performance for the K8 platform , really liked it . Not just another we know but we can't tell you ....
    2) There's something bothering me in the article
    You say the board offers support for 10 drives but it simply can't do that unless you can put 2 device on one SATA which as far asa I know can't be done . Here's my math
    2 onboarg + 1 Promise = 3 PATA * 2 = 6
    2 SATA *1 = 2
    2+6=8 not 10 .
  • Anonymous User - Friday, August 8, 2003 - link

    Considering the freshness of this product, the price I'm getting from Pricegrabber:

    is staggering ... so cheap ...
  • Anonymous User - Friday, August 8, 2003 - link

    I didn't really read the review, I just looked at the pictures :)

    Looks like the NF2 boards are still the top dog

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