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Soyo K7VTA B KT133 Motherboard Review
Soyo K7VTA B KT133 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Some weeks ago, we reviewed a Socket A motherboard from Soyo, the 7KVTA. As promised, we are now looking at a revised version of the same model the Soyo 7KVTA B. These boards look almost identical but they do indeed have some significant differences between the two.
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External Mfg. Website: Soyo Apr 02 2001   P. Masrani  
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Memory Bandwidth

Memory performance scores shown above are based on a low level benchmark (Sisoft Sandra 2001) and do not reflect real world performance. However, these scores are a good indicative comparison between memory bandwidth between different motherboards.

SiSoft Sandra 2001 shows that the Soyo K7VTA B (like its older K7VTA brother) offers top notch memory bandwidth. The K7VTA B is definitely the fastest Socket A board ever tested here in terms of memory bandwidth. Soyo has managed to squeeze all available performance from the VIA KT 133 platform.

The K7VTA B is equipped with a Sigmatel 9721T AC97 audio CODEC. This particular CODEC can be found in many medium priced sound cards. After listening to the sound output of the K7VTA B we observed that it throws out a lot of interference. In fact, the level of interference increased when we opened applications or moved windows around the desktop. If you're not too concerned about sound quality, we would recommend coupling a pair of low end speakers with the K7VTA B.


One of the more interesting features of the K7VTA B is the presence of dip switches for manual CU clock multiplier tweaking. This feature is very handy as every hardcore overclocker can easily connect the L7 bridges of any locked Socket A CPU and then adjust the multiplier through these switches. We were able to overclock our reference Duron 600MHz up to 909MHz (9x101MHz) at 1.85V. The limiting factor in this case was the CPU itself and not the board. The board supports multipliers up to 12.5x and was stable up to 105MHz FSB. We have included the following performance charts, comparing the Soyo KVTA B with the DFI AK74 AC (based on the new KT 133A which supports upcoming 133Mhz FSB AMD CPUs).

By checking out the above charts, it's quite obvious that the SY KVTA B offers excellent overall performance. As we previously said, its memory bandwidth performance is top notch even when compared with boards based on newer chipsets like the KT 133A.

The Soyo K7VTA B amazed us with its performance, stability and feature set. This board definitely packs in some of the newest features (ATA 100 support, multiplier adjustments) for a very low price (only 99$ on Pricewatch). Perhaps the only missing feature is the support of 133MHz FSB AMD CPUs (due to the limitation of the KT 133 chipset). Even without this feature, this board proved that Soyo can build excellent boards challenging even upcoming platforms. All in all, we really liked this product. It's definitely on top of our list for a Socket A board, especially when performance, overclocking and low pricing is the ultimate goal.

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

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