Date: August 5th, 2003
Article by: Nathan Glentworth
(Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: SoyoUSA
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PRODUCT FEATURES & PICTORIAL
Let's get on to what this motherboard offers for the money....
The CPU cooler bracket is relatively obstruction free and
any cooler installation will not be too bad if you mind the capacitors
just above the socket and the encroaching northbridge heatsink. To avoid
any possible twisting of the motherboard during your heatsink installation,
Soyo included a rear bracket which adds a significant amount of rigidity
to the cooler bracket and the socket area.
To the immediate right of the bracket are three 3pin fan
headers for two CPU and one case fan.
The board supports 2Gb of single channel DDR400 ram or 1Gb
in Dual channel configuration. To the right of the memory slots you will
find the floppy and main ATX power supply connector neatly tucked into
the top portion of the motherboard.
The P4 specific power connection is unfortunately poorly
placed on the complete opposite side of the motherboard tucked behind
the rear I/O connections. Having it placed in such an odd area will add
to wiring clutter and when the motherboard is installed in case, the wiring
could potentially interfere with the processor cooling fan. Now some people
might think that this is not a big issue, but I have been unnerved in
the past by having a cooling fan catch the 12volt wire and cut through
the insulation which could potentially cause a short and/or motherboard
failure and damage.
The bottom right hand corner houses the case connector panel
and the standard IDE and IDE RAID harddrive connectors. One major situation
I can see here is the when all IDE connector are used, there will be quite
a mess of IDE cables whether standard or rounded. With such a blockage,
airflow will be impeded greatly.