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MicroStar K7Pro (MS-6195) - Page 1/2
http://www.msi.com.tw/
Rating : N/A Review by : Kendal on Aug 12, 2000

Introduction

Umax scannerThe reason that we review this motherboard is because we've been using it and proven to be very stable, reliable plus we want to start review things our way in Malaysia. I've been using this motherboard which houses my AMD K7 600MHZ for around 4 months now and I've not encounter any problems with installation including usage. As you already know K7Pro is going to be phased out soon due that the newer AMD 750 chipset uses VIA's KX133 chipset which offer support for 4x AGP and PC133. As the jump from AGP 2x to AGP 4x doesn't provide any significance boost in the system plus the PC133 would be a great choice for overclockers as you would be able to push the edge further than normal PC100 rams. I don't see the reason why you can't this almost phased out soon motherboard for those who plan to buy a new motherboard. The motherboard houses the AMD Irongate chipset (NorthBridge) and the AMD 756 Viper chipset (SouthBridge). The motherboard offers support for AGP 1x /AGP 2x, 768MB of 3.3v PC100 SDRAM 168-pin unbuffered DIMM, 100Mhz FSB (200Mhz Internal System Bus). The motherboard also offer six generous amount of PCI slots, one 16 bit ISA slot, one AGP slot, two serial ports, one prallel port supports SPP/EPP/ECP mode, 4 USB ports and one IrDA connector for SIR. The on board IDE controller provide support to IDE HDD / CD-ROM with PIO and Ultra DMA / 66 operation modes up to 4 IDE drives. An optional on board audio is also available for those who want to save a PCI slot. The BIOS on my board is AMI v1.2 which provides some nifty configuration for over clocking. Some of you hardcore overclockers might wonder "How FAR could I go with this thing?".I've managed to overclocked the FSB setting of 119Mhz which is running at 717MHz speed with almost of 120 Mhz gain in speed. Bear in mind that at this speed, you ought to provide effective cooling solutions if not you might end up with system crashes and maybe a fried ATHLON.

Technical Specifications

  • CPU
    Slot A for AMD(R) AthlonTM processor.
    Support 500MHz, 550MHz, 600MHz, 650MHz or higher processor
  • Chipset
    AMD(R) Irongate chipset. (Northbridge)
    • 200MHz EV6 System Interface speed
    • 100MHz SDRAM
    • 1x/2x AGp
    • Status - Silicon currently in bring-up

    AMD(R) 756TM (Viper) chipset. (Southbridge)

    • OHCI USB
    • APIC
    • ACPI Power Management
  • Front Side Bus (FSB)
    100MHz clock is supported. (200MHz Internal System Bus)
  • Clock Generator
    ICS9248-64 CPU Frequencies are: 100, 120, 133MHz.
    ICS9248-110 CPU Frequencies are: 90, 95, 100~125, 133, 140, 150MHz.
  • Main Memory
    Supports three memory banks using three 168-pin unbuffered DIMM sockets.
    Supports a maximum memory size of 768MB for SDRAM.
    Supports 3.3v PC100 SDRAM DIMM.
  • Slots
    One AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port) slot.
    • AGP specification compliant
    • AGP 66/133MHz 3.3v device support
  • Six 32-bit Master PCI Bus slots and one 16-bit ISA bus slots
    Supports 3.3v/5v PCI bus Interface.

  • On-Board IDE
    An IDE controller on the AMD(R) 756 chipset provides IDE HDD/CD-ROM with PIO and Ultra DMA/66 operation modes.
    Can connect up to four IDE devices.
  • On-Board Peripherals
    On-Board Peripherals include:
    • 1 floppy port supports 2 FDD with 360K, 720K, 1.2M, 1.44M and 2.88Mbytes.
    • 2 serial ports (COMA + COMB)
    • 1 parallel port supports SPP/EPP/ECP mode
    • 4 USB ports
    • 1 IrDA connector for SIR
  • Audio (Optional)
    Creative(R) ES1373/ES1375
    • PCI 2.2 compliant
    • PC97/ PC98 specification compliant
    • 3D audio effects.
    • 32-voice XG wavetable synthesizer
    • Direct Sound Hardware Accelerator
    • Direct Music Hardware Accelerator
    • Full-Duplex stereo
    • Support SPDIF connector
  • BIOS
    The mainboard BIOS provides “Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically.
    The mainboard provides a Desktop Management Interface(DMI) function which records your mainboard specifications.
  • Dimension
    ATX Form Factor : 30.5cm x 19.2cm x 4 layers PCB
  • Mounting
    8 mounting holes.

Testing the board

 
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