THG Puts 13 Bleeding-Edge Memory Modules, 14 Mobos To the Match-Up Test

Soyo SY-K8USA Dragon Ultra - AMD 8151


A special representative is the K8USA from Soyo - although we refer more to the chipset used than that product name. The 8151 from AMD, which is now sold by Ali, is used. The unique feature of this chipset is that the connection between the Northbridge and Southbridge is not proprietary, and is solved via HyperTransport.

In the memory test the K8USA was able to give a convincing performance, as, with the exception of the TwinMOS memory, all the modules could be persuaded to cooperate with the two test Athlons at a clock rate of 200 MHz. In four cases the BIOS used slower timings than noted in the EPROMS of the memory modules - but this flaw could be swiftly remedied by adjusting the timings manually.