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Soyo 6VCA VIA Apollo 133A Motherboard Review

Soyo 6VCA VIA Apollo 133A Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Soyo has been one of the most well known motherboard manufacturers around the world for quite sometime now. In the last few years Soyo's boards have build up a good reputation for their overclocking capabilities. With the introduction of the Via Apollo Pro 133A chipset, pretty much every motherboard manufacturer out there began to release their own motherboards based on this chipset. In this review we will be taking a look at the Soyo 6VCA which is based on the Via Apollo Pro 133A.
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External Mfg. Website: Soyo Aug 28 2000   P. Masrani  
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Test Bed (cont)



On the Soyo 6VCA & Soyo 7VCA, we enabled the HOSTCLK +33MHz memory speed option. This means that the memory was clocked at 100MHz although the processor was using a 66MHz bus. Enabling this setting on the DFI TA64 B resulted in stability problems and we were forced not to use it. The DFI CA61 simply did not have this option to begin with.

Boards which do support the above option have a performance advantage as it increases the memory bandwidth up to 50% (100MHz v/s 66MHz). When using 100MHz bus processors the memory advantage of this feature is at most 33% (133MHz v/s 100MHz). Of course, this feature cannot work with 133MHz bus CPUs since in that case, the memory will have to be clocked at a pretty much impossible 166MHz.

All BIOS settings were tweaked for maximum performance on all of the tested boards. All boards with an AC97 CODEC had the CODEC disabled and an Orchid Nusound PCI soundcard was used for audio output in its place.

Windows 98 was installed from scratch on every motherboard in this test and installed only the necessary drivers, benchmarks and games. We measured business performance using Ziff Davis' Content Creation Winstone 2000 1.0 and Business Winstone 99 1.2. I also used Quake 3 (1.11 version) full installation to get gaming performance scores. For Quake 3 scores we used the default demo001, normal graphics, low sound quality and all other default options.

Of course this score is affected a lot by the speed of your processor and 3D accelerator and not so much by your motherboard. So if your scores are lower or higher than the reported in this test then this doesn't mean your motherboard is worse or better than the tested boards.

Business Performance

By looking at the business performance charts, it is clear that the Soyo 6VCA offers excellent performance. It is definitely one of the fastest VIA Apollo Pro 133A based boards and it is as fast as Soyo 7VCA (socket 370, Via Apollo Pro 133A based motherboard). Perhaps the only befitting competition would be a solid Intel BX based platform. Of course, when it comes to AGP and hard drive bandwidth, a board like the 6VCA can outperform any stock Intel BX based board with ease.

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Contents of Article: Soyo 6VCA
 Pg 1.  Soyo 6VCA VIA Apollo 133A Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — Test Bed (cont)
 Pg 3.  Gaming Performance
 Pg 4.  System Stability

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