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Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra Review - Overclocking & Conclusion

With so many VIA KT333 motherboards on the market today, or ones which are about to be released, for the buyer it could be a hard task to choose which board to go with. These days there is not a great deal of real-world performance difference between motherboards using the same chipsets, which means manufactures are having to be more clever with the features they include and things which count, like software bundles. Today Asher "Acid" Moses takes a look at one of these new KT333 boards, the feature-packed Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra to be exact. Does it have the stuff to seat your AMD processor? Read on, as that is the only way you're going to find out!

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: May 7, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 10.%      Manufacturer: Soyo

Overclocking

 

All of the overclocking options on the Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra are located in a BIOS menu called the "SOYO Combo Setup". Here you can adjust FSB speed up to 255MHz in 1MHz increments, multiplier adjustments up to 14x, VCore up to 1.85V, DIMM voltage up to 2.8V and AGP voltage up to 1.8V. On top of this, you can set the CPU:DRAM clock to run at 133/133MHz or in Asynchronous mode at 133/166MHz.

 

All of the necessary memory adjustments are available. These include DRAM Timing, CAS Latency, Bank Interleave, Precharge to Active, Active to Precharge, Active to CMD, Command Rate and so on. With a 1.85V VCore and default DIMM/AGP voltages I was able to overclock my AthlonXP 1800+ (11.5 x 133MHz) to 1815MHz (11 x 165). This is around 286MHz over its default speed and I am very pleased with the overclocking ability of this board.

 

Conclusion

 

As you have probably guessed by now, I really like the Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra. It features high performance that is on par with competing KT333 boards and is also feature packed, providing onboard 6-channel audio, 10/100 ethernet, USB 2.0 w/ drive bay panel, ATA133 RAID support and a decent software bundle. It also features an excellent layout and to top things off, it looks good too!

 

At a price of around $US165, the KT333 Dragon Ultra is not the cheapest KT333 board on the market, however, all of its added features and the overall quality of the board certainly justify its cost. The bottom line is, if you are looking for a high performing, feature-rich motherboard for your AMD Athlon or Duron processor, you won't be disappointed if you purchase the Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra.

 

- Pros

 

High performance

 

Stable

 

Excellent layout

 

Great overclocker

 

Onboard 10/100 Ethernet

 

USB2.0

 

ATA133 RAID

 

Onboard 6-channel audio

 

Decent software bundle

 

- Cons

 

Slightly high price

 

Rating - 10/10 and TweakTown's Editors Choice Award!

 

 

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