Date: August 5th, 2003
Article by: Nathan Glentworth
(Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: SoyoUSA
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For a bundle price of about US$190-200, you will receive..
A user manual, an installation guide for the BayOne(tm)
front panel, a bonus CD filled with useful Symantec software, a driver
CD, a rear I/O shield plate and a case badge.
With the abundant onboard storage controllers, Soyo included
four SATA, three 80pin ATA-133 and a floppy cable. The one product I was
looking for was the four SATA power cables to compliment the data but
they were not included. For this review I had to steal one from another
motherboard just to get things fired up. I'd hate to be the poor guy that
buys this motherboard and a couple of OEM SATA drives only to find out
that he can't assemble his system.
To take advantage of all the onboard sound capabilities,
a rear PCI bracket containing the centre and subwoofer outputs along with
the digital optical and composite input and output connectors are provided.
The included BayOne(tm) front panel has pretty well every
possible multimedia connection. If you have a digital camera or a digital
camcorder, the included USB 2.0, Firewire and flashcard connections will
have your photos and videos saved to your harddrive without having to
reach around to the back of your case for a connection.
The Dragon 2 is built on Soyo's Arctic Silver PCB which
is a far stretch from the boring green substrate of a couple years ago.
Although I personally like the silver, I found that the looks were diminished
quite a bit by Soyo's choice of PCI and DDR slot colors. Even black would
have been an improvement.