Asus A7M266-D, MSI K7D Master-L and Tyan Tiger MPX in the test: First look at AMD's dual mainboards

Asus A7M266-D, MSI K7D Master-L and Tyan Tiger MPX in the test: First look at AMD's dual mainboards

The MSI K7D Master-L

MSI also has a dual AMD mainboard in stock. The K7D Master, which is equipped with a LAN connection in the L version and which was available to us for testing in this version. MSI has already been able to install the new revision of the southbridge with the number B2, which guarantees smooth use of the on-board USB interface. Like the packaging, the mainboard is also kept in a wine-red metallic tone. Visually not unattractive. To connect the fans, MSI has packaged four connections on the mainboard, each for the two CPUs, a case fan and a connection for the power supply unit, via which the speed of the power supply unit fan can be monitored.

MSI K7D Master
MSI - - Northbridge
MSI - Southbridge

MSI makes a notable exception when it comes to installing the CPU cooler. There are screw holes for heavy coolers here. Unfortunately, the space around the two sockets cannot be described as lavish, so that again no large 80x80 mm fan can be installed. For the cooling of the Northbridge, MSI was the only one of our test candidates to opt for active cooling.

MSI - fan environment

For the power supply, the K7D Master-L is satisfied with the standard ATX connector and the 4-pin power connector to supply the CPUs and the AGP-Pro slot with power. The otherwise usual reserve power plug cannot be connected here.

MSI - Power connection
MSI - power connection 2

The relatively large heat sinks that MSI installed on the fixed voltage regulator next to the two sockets are also striking. Only when comparing it with the other two mainboards does it become apparent that MSI manages with very few capacitors in the area of ​​the socket.

MSI - fixed voltage regulator -Heat sink

The K7D-Master-L has the most extensive features when it comes to external connections. In addition to the normal connections for the printer, the two serial interfaces and the AC97 audio connections, a game port is also part of the game. Thanks to the new AMD MPX chipset, the two USB interfaces can now be used on-board and with the brand new B2 revision of the southbridge, they can also be used without any problems. Above this is the integrated LAN interface, which is controlled by an Intel LAN controller, the Intel 82559EL 10/100 MBit.

MSI - external interfaces

Equipment & scope of delivery

is delivered the dual-AMD motherboard from MSI, the K7D Master-L, in a beautiful wine-red metallic box. Unpacked, you will also find the standard enclosed cables for connecting a floppy drive and two IDE devices to the mainboard. In addition to the USB interfaces already integrated on the mainboard, a USB card is also included here, although it supports USB 2.0 for even higher data transfer rates. A cable with a slot cover for the second USB port is also not missing. A driver CD completes the scope of delivery of the K7D Master-L.

MSI - Scope of delivery

The features of the MSI K7D Master-L in detail

  • Form factor
    • Socket 462 ATX (30.5cm x 24.52cm)
  • Processor
    • Supports dual (Socket462) AMD Athlon MP/Duron MP
  • Chipset
    • AMD 760 MPX Chipset
    • AMD 762 Northbridge (actively cooled)
    • AMD 768 Southbridge
  • RAM
    • 4x 184 pin DIMMS(DDR RAM)
    • Supports PC1600/2100 DDR RAM with 2.5V
    • Max. Memory size: 4GB Registered DDR SDRAM or 2GB Unbuffered DDR SDRAM
  • Expansion slots
    • 1x AGP Pro 4x slot
    • 2x 64 bit/66 MHz PCI slots
    • 3x 32 bit/33 MHz PCI slots
    • 5x fan connections (4 monitor capable)
    • 2 IDE ports (UDMA 33/66/100 )
    • 4 USB ports (2 rear/2 external front)
    • 1 network connection (Intel 82559 ER 10/100 MBit)
    • 1 game port
  • External connections
    • 1x parallel port
    • 2x serial ports
    • 4 USB 2.0 ports (via external PCI Card)
    • 1x microphone in
    • 1x line in
    • 1x line out
  • internal connections
    • 1x CD in
    • 1x AUX Line in
    • 1x Modem in
    • 1x Wake On Ring
    • 1x Wake On LAN
    • 2 USB front panel connections
    • Chassis Intrusion Detection
  • Bios
    • 2 MBit Award Bios
    • Front Side Bus adjustable in 11 steps (100-150 MHz)
    • Multiplier adjustable (5x to 12.5x)
    • CPU-S voltage adjustable (1.1 V to 1.85 V)
    • PC Health Monitoring
  • Special features
    • AC 97 Sound
    • D-LED Diagnostic LEDs
  • Other functions
    • Keyboard Power-On, Suspend To RAM
    • Wake- On-LAN, Wake-On-Modem

The Bios

The MSI Bios. Everything your heart desires is offered here. Not just for normal users, but also for ambitious PC users who want to get the most out of their mainboard. We don't want to go into more detail about the standard displays of the BIOS, let's get to the special features.

It starts in the Advanced Chipset menu. Here you can set practically all values ​​for your memory that you can only imagine. In the Frequency/Voltage Control menu, as the name suggests, you set the clock frequency of the CPUs, although only 5 levels are possible here. Here you can also set the voltage of the CPUs from 1.1 V to 1.85 V and the multiplier of the CPUs in the range from 5.5 to 12.5x.

On the next page: The Tyan Tiger MPX