Soyo P4I875 Dragon 2: Mega Features With Weaknesses
Intel 875P Chipset
Board Revision k.A.
BIOS P4ICWB-4AA1 (05/02/2003)
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Soyo sent us an 875P board to test, although the manufacturer also has the 865Pe chipset (SY-O41865PE Dragon 2) in its range. The layout of the packaging leaves something to be desired, yet all of the components are stored in a practical box.
Compared to the rest of the test participants, the board equipment is very lavish, ranging from the CSA Gigabit LAN, six-channel PCI sound and FireWire (VIA VT6306) to the RAID controller in the Highpoint HPT372 version for four Ultra DMA/133 interfaces.
Soyo dispenses with the RAID function of the ICH5 Southbridge and relies on the controller from Silicon Image Sil3112A instead. A total of four Serial-ATA connections are therefore available.
The broad range of features is complemented by a sound panel with inputs and (optical) outputs for digital audio and 5.1 sound for analog box systems. The product also comes with a card reader in a 3.5" form factor, which processes Compact Flash, SD, Smart Media and Micro Drive formats. On top of this, there are sockets for USB 2.0 and FireWire.
Card reader from Soyo.