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Socket 7 Board Review July 1998

Soyo SY-5EH

Baby-AT board, VIA Apollo MVP3 chipset (ETEQ), 1 MB L2 cache, 3x ISA, 3x PCI, AGP slot, 2x DIMM, 2x SIMM , ATX and AT power connector. Voltages: 3.52, 3.3, 3.2, 2.9, 2.8, 2.2V.

Soyo's small AT board uses the new ETEQ EQ82C6638 chipset which is nothing else than the VIA MVP3. The CPU settings are done via DIPswitches and jumpers.

The board also features two SIMM sockets to allow the usage of EDO or FPM memory. This is particularly suggestive for a baby AT board, which will find its placements in older systems for upgrade reasons. Thanks to 1 MB L2 cache the Business WinStone performance is very satisfactory. The chipset features item "DRAM read pipeline" should be disabled in case you are a 3D gamer, it produced a corrupted picture in Forsaken and Incoming. Luckily I don't have to write about other troubles so this comment can be short.