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Soyo SY-6VCA

Company: Soyo Computer Inc.
SY-6VCA Motherboard
Street Price: ~ $120
Complete Motherboard Spec's: http://www.soyousa.com/sy6vca.html
Complete Chipset Spec's: http://www.via.com.tw/products/prod133a.htm
Date Reviewed:
April 28, 2000


First Impression:

I was so impressed by the Soyo SY-7VCA that I contacted Soyo to see about getting a SY-6VCA to test out. Sure enough the UPS man brought me one about a week later. The 6VCA board is the Slot 1 cousin and very similar to the 7VCA, which is a socket 370. I would also like to thank PCNUT for the PIII-550E processor that was used in this test, they are really nice and have been very helpful and patient with me and all my questions. Go check out their site if you are looking for some of the latest hardware, they have good prices and of course they ship everything FedEx.

SOYO SY-6VCA Specifications

Interface Slot 1
Type / Size ATX Form Factor
Four layers, 30.5 cm x 20 cm (12" x 7.9")
133MHz FSB Pentium III Processors 533B~800EB Mhz
100 MHz FSB Pentium III Processor 450~800 MHz
100 MHz FSB Pentium II Processor 350/400/450 MHz
66 MHz FSB Pentium II Processor 233/266/300/333 MHz
66 MHz FSB Celeron Processor 266~300 MHz
66 MHz FSB Celeron Processor 300A~500 MHz
Chipset VIA Apollo Pro 133A Chipset
  VT82C694X North Bridge
  VT82C686A South Bridge
Bus Speeds 66,68,75,80,83,85,90,95,
FSB Multipliers 3.0 - 8.0 in .5 increments
Voltages Default, 2.5%, 5%, 7.5%
Memory Slots 3 - 168-pin SDRAM DIMM sockets - up to 1.5GB
Expansion Slots 5 - 32-bit Bus Mastering PCI slots (v2.2 compliant)
1 - 16-bit ISA slot
1 - Universal AGP slots (support 1x/2x/4x mode)
1 - AMR Connector
BIOS Award 6.00PG

Dejavu all over again? Well, once again Soyo has blessed us with an excellent motherboard. Using the same Apollo Pro 133A chipset with 4x AGP, ATA/66, onboard audio, and tons of other features as in the 7VCA, Soyo has again created a very stable and versatile motherboard. The design is quite nice and you can tell they put a lot of thought into the layout of the components. If you notice the ATX power connector is in front of the DIMM slots, rather than behind the CPU where it tends to end up sometimes. This is nice because it keeps the power cable out of the way. There is ample space between the Slot 1 and the DIMM slots, my PEP66 didn't come close to blocking any DIMM slots. The AMR slot is next to the AGP slot which makes it extra nice for people who stick an aftermarket cooler on their video card that is just a little too big and normally blocks the adjacent PCI slot. Well have no fear, now you have extra room since most people don't use the AMR slot. Soyo chose to stick the floppy drive connector parallel to the AMR slot, it didn't seem to get in the way of anything so that's a fine location for me. 

Once again, I was only able to obtain a stable speed of 781Mhz with my PIII-550E FC-PGA on my ABIT SlotKET III, memory at Turbo & CAS2 (141 FSB). I was able to cruise over 800Mhz, but it wouldn't run stable for long, even when I bumped the voltage up some and turned the memory speed down.


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