The Soyo SY-K7V.
Board revision: 1.0
BIOS version: K7VXA-2AA1
The packaging for the Soyo motherboard.
All the accessories included with the Soyo.
No other motherboard manufacturer can top this one - the Soyo comes with a 3.5" card reader, smart cards and integrated USB ports as front outlets. And there are also three IDE cables thrown in, with a 5.25" mounting bay for the card reader to boot. A rather odd bird is the integrated sound feature that can be accessed using the slot bracket included with the mobo. Thanks to this baby, both analog and optical (digital) input and output devices (SP/DIF format) can communicate with the board. A few of the highlights on the board are the AGP Pro slot, the integrated Promise RAID controller and the network chip. The board's colorful port and slot design is especially pleasing - although the choice of colors is a matter of personal preference. BIOS includes a user-friendly tuning menu that allows you to overclock both the RAM and the CPU.
View of the integrated soundchip.
The Promise RAID controller.
A separate feature allows this board to be automatically run in its fastest mode without much extra effort, which helped propel Soyo to the top of all the benchmarks. Judging this board by all its characteristics, it definitely deserves the winner's laurels.
View of the ports on the Soyo board.
- Chipset Duel - VIA Vs. Nvidia
- VIA Changes Their Naming Convention
- 12 Boards With VIA KT266A - Fastest Chipset For AMD & Duron
- Asus A7V266-E - No Surprises Here
- Azza 366A-AV - Plain Jane
- Chaintech CT-7VJDA- Ideal For Overclocking
- DFI AD70-SR - Inexpensive Alternative
- Epox EP-8KHA+ - Overclocking On Shaky Ground
- Gigabyte GA-7VTXH - Problems With Dual-BIOS
- MSI K7T266 Pro2 (MS-6380) - Only Skin-Deep
- QDI KD7-A (KuDoz 7) - Standard OEM Board
- Soltek SL-75DRV2 - The Overclocking King
- Soyo SY-K7V (Dragon Plus!): Well-Deserved Winner
- Shuttle AK31 V3.1 - Lackluster
- 2 Boards With Nvidia nForce 420D - Disappointing
- MSI K7N420 Pro - Targeting The End Consumer
- Test Setup: Comparing 14 Motherboards
- OpenGL Performance: Quake 3 Arena
- Direct3D Performance: Unreal Tournament
- MP3 Audio Encoding: Lame MP3
- Office Performance: Sysmark 2000
- 3D Rendering Performance: SPECviewperf
- Up Close & Personal: Features For All Boards Tested
- Up Close & Personal: Features For All Boards Tested, Continued
- Conclusion: KT266A Trounces nForce 420D - Soltek Is Front-runner