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A Real Nail-Biter: Four Boards With ALi Magik 1

Soyo SY-K7ADA: Useful Features

BIOS: Award T0105 (1/5/2001)

Board revision: 1.01

The Soyo SY-K7ADA stands out because of its compact dimensions. In the test, it was the only board to provide high performance right from the start and to prove itself with stable operation. The voltage control of the board still works with dual-phase technology, which causes the switching transistors to get very hot. The manufacturer skimped on the integrated audio interfaces: there is only one CD-line in port. The preset storage cycle afforded by the BIOS proves to be useful: It allows even the less ambitious user to test the performance limits of the system.

Setting the front-side bus, the multiplier and the CPU core voltage is done using DIPswitches. The CPU core voltage can be set at small intervals especially in the range 1.10V 1.85V in 0.025V steps. All in all, the Soyo is an average board that caused fewer problems in testing than any of the other candidates.