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Soyo SBA+IV i440BX Motherboard Review

Soyo SBA+IV i440BX Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Some weeks ago, Soyo was kind enough to provide us with a few of their mainboards for reviewing. One of them being the 6BA+IV. The 6BA+IV is an enhanced Intel 440BX-based motherboard.
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External Mfg. Website: Soyo Jul 30 2000   P. Masrani  
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Winstone Performance

The Content Creation Winstone 2000 checks system¡¯s performance on applications such as Adobe Photoshop 5.0, Adobe Premiere 5.1, Macromedia Director 7.0, Macromedia Dreamweaver 2.0, Netscape Navigator 4.6, Sonic Foundry Sound Forge 4.5. While the Business Winstone 99 utilizes more common office applications like: Corel WordPerfect Suite 8, Lotus SmartSuite, Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Office 97.

By looking at the business performance charts (with consideration of the memory bus speeds of each board chipset), it is clear that the 6BA+IV offers excellent business performance compared to the rest. It isn't exactly the fastest board out there but it does provide performance at a level in which we expect a BX-based motherboard to perform.

Some boards may slightly outperform it in some business scores but we must consider that this board is using a 66MHz memory bus setting while most other boards (the DFI CW35E, the Soyo 6VCA, Soyo 7VCA) operate with a 100MHz memory bus.

Gaming Performance

The Quake 3 performance diagram shows that the 6BA+IV does offer good gaming performance... as we expected from a BX board. However, the 6BA+IV does lag slightly behind DFI's two BX based solutions.

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Contents of Article: Soyo SBA+IV
 Pg 1.  Soyo SBA+IV i440BX Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — Winstone Performance
 Pg 3.  Overclocking and Conclusion

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