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Soyo K7V Dragon motherboard

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December 1, 2001 12:53:53 PM

I wrote this E-mail to AMD suppot

"The Soyo K7V Dragon Plus has been highly recommended as the best KT 266a chipset motherboard by several online computer services such as Tom's Hardware, Socket A (AMD Zone) and GOTApex.com. Why has the Soyo K7V not been recommended by your company? Thank you for your time and consideration."

I recieved this e-mail in return



"Hello,
Thank you for contacting AMD.


As I am not familiar with this specific motherboard, it is difficult for me to comment. I am not sure of all the tests conducted on motherboards that are put through validation, but I do know that they place a pretty big load on the motherboards to make sure the signals are stable. Why this specific motherboard is not on the list, I do not know. It may have never been submitted for testing or it
did not pass one of the tests. Whatever the reason, I would have to suggest to stick with one of the motherboards listed for best results when building a system.
Sorry I could not provide any detailed info on this motherboard, but I do not have access to the validation team's reports."

Are their reasons why SOYO may note be realiable in the future.
December 1, 2001 4:10:50 PM

Sounds like you reached some idiot in AMD's PR dept. who wouldn't even take the time to find out the real reason for the Soyo's omission.

If the Soyo's integrated features (e.g., RAID, Sound, etc.) are important to you, in that you definitely plan to use them, then it's the best value for a fully featured mobo. However, if you don't need all that extra stuff, I would strongly consider the Epox 8KHA+ or Gigabyte GA-7VTXE/H.

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December 1, 2001 7:14:14 PM

Couldn't agree more then with that advice!
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December 1, 2001 9:00:51 PM

I'm glad I read this post now. I was strongly considering getting Soyo, since it was recommended pretty highly from Tom. He also seemed to like the Epox, and it's a solid $50 cheaper it looks like. I really don't need raid, and decent to good sound is good enough for me. Looks like Epox would meet my needs and will save me money ;-) Thanks...

James
December 1, 2001 9:53:57 PM

You might want to consider the Gigabyte GA-7VTXH. In the 'real world', you won't see any performance difference between it and the Epox (unless your into OC'ing, in which case the advantage goes to Epox). For about $15 more for the GA-7VTXH over the 8KHA+, you get better audio and a LAN chip.

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