Duke of URL: Like a Phoenix From the Ashes [Soyo SY-K7VTA Motherboard Review]Dec 18, 2000, 07:47 (0 Talkback[s])
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"While it is a little cheesy, Soyo adds a little option called "Doctor Voice." It's pretty handy in the sense that you don't need to go and look up exactly what those system beeps mean. I'll admit, I was a little scared when I first heard it, but after the initial shock, I appreciated it a lot. No longer do I need to scour the internet for inaccurate descriptions of what they beeps do -- I have someone telling me!"
"When browsing the web for prices, I found that the Soyo SY-K7VTA was one of the lowest priced KT133 motherboards out there. This came as a surprise, since most motherboards with the option for multiplier manipulation will cost you a bit more. Typically motherboards with these kind of options cost somewhere in the $130-$150 range, and sometimes even more upon release. In addition to this, they give you on-board sound, something that often costs a little bit more. I'll be the first to admit I used to hate this, but now it works great with Linux, FreeBSD as well as Windows and can often save you the price of a sound card if you don't mind spending a little of your processor time."
"As long as you're using good RAM, the SY-K7VTA is rock-solid. I've found that not even my Asus or Abit motherboards could measure up to the stability I found here. Yes, it can be a bit tricky finding that RAM that works just right, but you can probably afford to spend a little more on your RAM for the price this motherboard costs. Still, I should note that other KT133 tend to have this same problem, as well."
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