The KT333 Dragon Ultra includes a whole range of features that deserve a mention in this review. Firstly, it features ATA133 RAID support through a Highpoint HPT372 controller. This controller allows for RAID 0, 1 and 0+1 configurations, and supports up to 4 IDE devices. Like many, I have always preferred the quality of HighPoint's RAID controllers over alternatives such as Promise and it was pleasing to see Soyo include a Highpoint controller on the KT333 Dragon Ultra.
The board also features USB 2.0 support through the popular VIA VT6202 controller. The controller supports up to 4 USB 2.0 ports and although there aren't many USB 2.0 devices on the market at the moment, it is great for those of you that require a future-proof system.
Adding to the list of features is a 10/100 ethernet port. This is provided through a Realtek RTL8100B controller and actually performed quite well during testing. It is certainly a welcome addition for those that cannot afford a PCI network card or just want a temporary solution.
To round off the list of integrated features, Soyo also decided to include a CMedia CMI8738 audio controller on the KT333 Dragon Ultra. This controller supports 6-channel audio and features full 5.1 surround sound support. This is certainly much higher quality than the regular AC97 controller we are used to seeing included with many motherboards and is more than sufficient for most users on a budget, except the most hardcore audiophiles of course.
As mentioned earlier, the board comes with an addition bracket that enables the extra sound ports provided through the CMedia controller. These include SPDIF IN, SPDIF OUT and optical outputs.
One thing that I really liked about the board was that it was packaged with an extra USB panel called the SB-P4SX. This panel enables the four USB 2.0 ports provided on the board and is backwards compatible with USB 1.1. It also features two LEDs, one that indicates network activity and the other for USB activity. The panel can be installed into either a 3 1/2" drive bay or a 5 1/4" drive bay.
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