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Opinion on Soyo Mobo, Socket 478 w/Brookdale i845

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July 2, 2002 8:26:40 PM

Newbie here. I've searched the boards and cannot find any info on the Soyo SY-P4IS2 mobo with a P4, 1.8GHz processor. This is part of a "BareBone System & CPU" sold at Fry's Electronics. What I need to know is if it is a stable, user friendly board. I will use it primarily for internet surfing.....I'm not a gamer.

Thanks.

Barry
July 2, 2002 8:44:38 PM

Here's a review here:
http://www.baznet.freeserve.co.uk/SY-P4IS2-page1.htm

I would not get this! It uses SDRAM! Might as well just buy a pentium 3. I'm serious.

Look into the boards that have the 845E chipset and DDR.

look into the:
ABIT BD7II 845E
Samsung PC2700 memory or corsair PC2700 DDR memory
and the P4 1.8A ghz, make sure you get the one that has the "A" after the number.

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July 2, 2002 10:58:16 PM

Save your money for the next sale. They run ads constantly. Their ddram memory is reasonably priced when on sale, but don't expect it to overclock. I found a pricey P4 2.26 and Soyo combo at my local Fry's recently, but fried the bios with a bad flash. The board was the Soyo P4s Dragon ultra with sis 645dx chipset. Very solid and stable, with agp lock for good overclocking. Look for a combo with sis 645, 645dx, or 845g when they arrive. The Intel 845g is the newest chipset, but don't know if Fry's carries it yet.
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July 2, 2002 11:35:06 PM

Thanks for the responses. I'm under the gun to get a computer by Thursday so that's why I'm focused on Fry's (in Dallas). I think I'll take the pressure off and take my time and order a system similar to what xxs8er suggested......maybe from Newegg.com I'm not an overclocker or gamer so a lot of the speed from these screamers are wasted on me but I can't bring myself to get an E-Machine either. I want something that I can brag about, I can grow into and support any new applications that I get into down the road that require more power.

Dumb question......will my PC100 memory be compatible with a DDRAM system?

Thanks everyone.

Barry

Barry
July 3, 2002 12:56:45 AM

Quote:
Dumb question......will my PC100 memory be compatible with a DDRAM system?

no...and thats not a dumb question...ive seen worse...much much worse...

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July 3, 2002 2:18:20 AM

definately not
sdram uses 168 pin sticks with 2 slots, DDR uses 184 pin sticks with 1 slot... completely different.

however motherboards DO exist that let you use one or the other. i owuldnt advise it though.
SDRAM is just old, and PC100 sdram is even more obselete.

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July 3, 2002 2:24:13 AM

I would expect a P4 1.8 with SDRAM to perform about the same as a PIII 866! Maybe slower!

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