As has been noted elsewhere , though, this can cause a problem. Iwill know what an anode and a cathode are, and expect you to know as well. Crippled RAID controller; ordinary onboard audio. Well, no normal one. The way around this problem is to opt for a motherboard that has all of its CPU settings in software.

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Like games, for instance.

Even the best labelled of these things tend to be annoying, especially for new users, but the KK manual goes out of its way to confuse you. This latter option’s definitely not preferable. If you’re building a normal PC, your motherboard can be green, orange, red, blue or purple with pink spots and it’ll make no difference to anything. You’d get the same core speed by using 12XMHz. One of the ,k266plus DDRAM has had such a poor time gaining a strong foothold in the marketplace was because of this chipset.

After all, why invest more time and effort into such an aging chipset? For more demanding purposes, though, these boards both get the Recommended stamp from me!

Iwill KK Plus Motherboard Review –

If you’ve got an old ISA card k,266plus you don’t want to replace with something newer, or if your old ISA card is some oddity that you can’t replace with a PCI unit, then the KK will let you keep using it. The centre speaker output is on one channel of that last stereo connector, and the subwoofer output’s on the other channel. It’ll work, ko266plus worries. Which, confusingly, is what you get when you ask for This can give a small performance gain in RAM-intensive tasks, but does nothing noticeable for most tasks and may not be supported by your RAM.

Both of these boards have on-board sound, but the KK’s is rather more spectacular than the K7T Turbo’s.


However, ok266plus test sample isn’t one of the much nicer “-R” models, so we’ll just be skipping over that whole area. You still need to refer to the motherboard documentation to find out what the codes mean, mind you, and they’re no use to you when the lid’s on the computer case.

If you want hardware accelerated positional audio and similar frills then you won’t get ’em; this is just the normal Via Kk266plua ACcompliant sound package. This little line of “D-LEDs” replaces the usual cryptic startup beep codes that most motherboards use to tell you when something’s not right with the basic system setup. Performance-wise, all KTA boards are pretty much precisely the same, provided they can get their CPU and other components up to the same speed.

If you’re shooting for really high core speeds, you have to use MHz or higher FSB speeds, because the multipliers only go up to 13X. Plus one little CNR Communications Network Riser slot at the end, into which you can plug a few super-cheap host-based modem or network cards, which aren’t available in retail channels because they’re not enough cheaper than PCI alternatives that people assembling fewer than a hundred computers should care. kk266pls

Iwill KK266Plus KT133A Motherboard Review

The KK has explicit RAM timing and interleave configuration options; it wins by a hair in this department. Once again – one AGP this time with a card-retaining clip that engages the slot on the back of your video cardplus six PCI. The price difference is small enough, though, that a lot of distributors probably won’t bother carrying both versions. Multi-connector motherboards with all of the connectors in the usual spot near the RAM slots – like the KK, and pretty much every other dual-controller motherboard – can be annoying to set up; you tend to get a cable snarl.


And this KK also has built-in sound that’s several cuts above the average.

Whether they can do this depends partly on the adjustment options provided, and partly on the physical design of the board – running at higher-than-specified speeds requires better-than-standard motherboard design. For most people’s purposes, these two motherboards have identical IDE-drive-connecting capabilities – but they are actually different. But the KK also comes with an extra sound output bracket which you can install in any empty slot location on the kk26p6lus of your case.

They also both keep the big caps away from the CPU socket, so overclockers should be able to use pretty isill any giant air cooler on their CPU without it fouling any other components. Drive connectors For most people’s purposes, these two motherboards have identical IDE-drive-connecting capabilities – but they are actually different. The only thing I found to dislike at all about the KK’s audio is the cheesy standard mixer interface If you only need four or fewer drives and don’t want the boot delay the extra controller causes, you can just turn it off in the BIOS setup.

Since Socket A CPUs before the “Palomino” core Athlons don’t have ,k266plus internal thermal sensor, motherboards have to use an external sensor, which is usually just a little thermal probe sitting on the motherboard in the middle of the CPU socket. The KK, on the other hand, has audio as one of its prime selling points. At least, that was the case when DDR memory was still expensive.