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Soyo K7VTA KT133 Motherboard Review

Soyo K7VTA KT133 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: In the wake of the popularity of the Athlon/Duron platform, Soyo has released 2 Socket A boards of their own: the SY K7VTA B and the SY K7VTA. Soyo Europe was kind enough to provide us with both of them. These two boards look quite similar, but they do have some significant differences in feature set.
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External Mfg. Website: Soyo Jan 09 2001   P. Masrani  
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Memory Bandwidth Performance

According to SiSoft Sandra 2001 scores, the K7VTA offers top notch memory performance. However, we must not give too much credit to this test since it's a low level test which was not meant to benchmark overall board performance. The K7VTA (as well as the K7VTA B) is the fastest socket A board ever tested here in terms of memory bandwidth. Soyo has managed to squeeze all the bandwidth there is from the VIA KT 133 platform. As we show in our business/gaming scores, the K7VTA excels in benchmarks were memory bandwidth is a key concern.

The K7VTA is equipped with a Sigmatel 9721T AC97 codec. The same audio CODEC can be found in many medium priced sound cards available today. After giving it a listen it sounded as though audio was accompanied with a great deal of interference. In fact, the noise only seemed to amplify while moving around or opening windows on the desktop. If you're serious about how good your audio sounds, you might want to grab a third party addition.

Most Soyo boards we've tested so far have had incredible overclocking capabilities. The K7VTA is an exception because it does not have any manual multiplier adjustments. So we had to rely on front side bus overclocking. The board was stable up to 105MHz FSB (which results in a 630MHz overclock). While this increase may look small, we must not forget that this board has excellent overall performance.

The Soyo K7VTA amazed us with its good performance and stability. In terms of feature set, this board has no ATA 100 support, no support for AMD 133MHz FSB processors and no multiplier adjustments. On the other hand, it's clear that Soyo has worked very hard to make this board a very fast and reliable platform. All in all, this product should be taken into consideration, especially when overclocking is not the ultimate goal. Of course, as we will see, the K7VTA B with the multiplier adjustments is a perfect choice for any hard core overclocker.

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Contents of Article: Soyo K7VTA
 Pg 1.  Soyo K7VTA KT133 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Benchmarks
 Pg 3.  — Memory Bandwidth Performance

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