Soyo K7VTA PRO
Product: K7VTA PRO Motherboard
Street Price: ~ $150
Complete Motherboard Spec's: Soyo
Date Reviewed: February 27, 2001
Reviewed By: Jason
I drew a red box around the thermistor in the socket
since is it kind of hard to see. It sits low on the motherboard instead
of pressing against the back side of the CPU like ABIT does, however it
does provided very similar and constant readings to what I got on the
ABIT board. Also note the plastic lever which sits flush with the
socket, since most boards now have their levers as flat as possible, it
just seems that the plastic ones are easier to work with than the metal
ones. Since most people won't be taking the CPU out on a daily basis
this probably isn't a big issue, but it is still a nice feature.
The K7VTA PRO uses a two-phase power solution, which I
just read an article saying two-phase solutions should be good up to 50w
(this is all just theory though) which means you should be safe up to
around 1.5GHz. However if you look at the picture from the first page, Soyo has already
placed spots for an additional pair of voltage regulators, so we might
see these being added sometime in the future.
Overclocking this board can be a little tricky at first,
but there is a wide range of FSB speeds to choose from. First with the
K7VTA PRO you have a pair of jumpers to choose either 100 or 133FSB.
Once you set the jumpers then you can go in the BIOS to adjust the FSB
speed. If you choose 100 then your FSB speed in the BIOS can be adjusted
from 100 up to 120FSB, and if you choose 133 then you can adjust from
125 to 166FSB! (I think the jumper has more to do with the PCI / AGP
divisor than anything else.) I set the jumpers for 133FSB and never
touched them again, why would anyone buy a KT133A board and not utilize
it to its fullest potential? So the jumpers really aren't an issue, you
just set them and leave them alone.
However changing the multiplier is a little bit
different. There are 4 dipswitches that must be set for different
multiplier settings. While tweaking a CPU I changed these a few times,
but most of the time I was fidgeting in the BIOS adjusting the FSB speed
trying to max it out instead of going with a higher multiplier and a
lower FSB speed. I would really like to see Soyo move the multiplier
adjustments to the BIOS sometime in the future, it would be so much more
convenient than the dipswitches.
What's In The Box?
Another nice thing about Soyo boards is they include a
CD with some really nice goodies. The two nicest programs that are
included is Norton Antivirus 2000 & Norton Ghost, but there are
actually 8 programs in all that are on the CD. You get a manual
detailing the board and all the settings, and the regular ATA/100 IDE
& floppy cables. Like I said before they don't include the extra USB
cables, but you can pick these up for $5.00 if you discover that you
really need (or want) the extra two ports. There is also the regular
Soyo CD with drivers and such, but I always go to the various websites
to get the latest versions of all the drivers.
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