For most people’s purposes, these two motherboards have identical IDE-drive-connecting capabilities – but they are actually different. 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. Heck, it might even do it. If you connect a case connector LED lead – like the power or hard drive light – backwards, it won’t work, but it won’t be harmed either. But the higher FSB, lower multiplier option gives the CPU faster communication with the rest of the system, importantly including the RAM, for somewhat better overall performance. Their immensely popular KK line of motherboards has already won over the hearts of performance users and overclockers a like with it’s superb performance, stability, and astonishing ability to reach ungodly bus speeds Both of these boards support CPU multiplier and voltage adjustment up to 1.

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For mainstream users, both of these boards have more features than you need, but they’re not terribly expensive, so who cares? The K7T Turbo-R has a reasonably straightforward case connector pin block, where you hook up your case’s lights and switches.

The K7T Turbo-R LE also has decent documentation too including an unusually complete paper manual in English, and a simplified manual in multiple languagesbut it stingily gives you only one 80 wire IDE lead in the bag with the floppy lead, and also has no extra USB port bracket included.

As has been noted elsewherethough, this can cause a problem. Give Dan some money! Both of these boards have imposing CPU power supply sections, with big smoothing capacitors and multiple regulators.

There are a few “dual fuel” motherboards which can accept either kind of RAM – I review one here – which let you start with one kind of memory then upgrade to the other later.

The rest of the motherboard feature set ought to carry more weight for most people.


If you’re building a show-off box with neon illumination and a window in the side, though, you may be feeling an urge to buy this board already. But given the number of other USB hassles iwjll have been known to happen on Via-chipset Windows PCs, “the controller’s turned off” was not the first thing that sprang to my mind. The LEDs are all bi-colour – they can light up red or green – kk266plys they light up in different patterns while the system starts up, and settle down to all green when the power-up process is complete.

Both of these boards can be had in slightly cheaper versions that lack the second pair of IDE connectors.

Like games, for instance. Some boards just have a couple of solder pads that you have to bridge with a screwdriver. If you want hardware accelerated positional audio and similar frills then you won’t get ’em; this is just the normal Via B ACcompliant sound package. 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.

It’s a popular family; some KT variant powers most of the Socket A Athlon or Duron motherboards in the world today. I was always under the impression that blackness was what made computers faster, and that redness only worked for cars, but MSI seem to disagree.

IWill KKPlus-R Motherboard Review

The SuperAudio add-on’s not terribly expensive, and it gives you isill full set of digital ins and outs more cheaply than you could get them from any stand-alone sound card. And, as this Anandtech piece notes, you can also get around the problem by lowering your CPU’s apparent default multiplier.

It won’t quite have the performance of BaseT Ethernet, but it doesn’t require any special hardware on the other computer, and the five metre maximum USB cable length should give you decent positioning flexibility. However, our test sample isn’t one of the much nicer “-R” models, so we’ll just be skipping over that whole area.


But the Iwill board also came with this fancier active cooler in the box. The KK, on the other hand, has audio as one of its prime selling points. There’s a “virtual 5.

Motherboard Watch: Iwill KKPlus-R, Plus – ExtremeTech

They never give you much of an idea about the processor’s real core temperature, and you can’t compare readings across different motherboards, iwilo if they’re boards of the same model. Small differences in probe positioning can make big differences to the temperature it detects, and the calibration of the probes on some motherboards has been known to change dramatically between BIOS versions.

There are two ports built into the normal ATX connector block on the back of the board, but this board, like most others these days, can give you two more if you’ve got the right gadget. But they’re still handier than beeps, which is why MSI keep using them on this and other MSI boards, like the older I review here.

The Advanced options panels kk266plys the KK’s sound configuration have a normal Windows look, thankfully, and let you fiddle with various iwipl.

Iwill KK266Plus – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT133A

If you’ve got drive bays within range of the connectors, though, the K7T’s arrangement is an elegant one. Well, no normal one. Well, not unless someone makes a hardware setup motherboard with dozens of DIP switches, anyway. High FSB speeds mean a hot motherboard north bridge chip. The price difference is small enough, though, that a lot of distributors probably won’t bother carrying both versions. One of these kk266lus gives you rear iwull speaker output, and the other one provides the centre and subwoofer channels, bringing the total up to a full home-theatre-compliant five-point-one channels.

That sort of thing.