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DukeOfURL: Soyo SY-K7ADA: Soyo Takes a Shot at DDR [motherboard review]

May 17, 2001, 21:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patrick Mullen)

Patrick Mullen submitted this excerpt from his review of the Soyo-K7ADA:

The Soyo SY-K7ADA is Soyo's first Socket A DDR motherboard. Originally, Soyo was planning on utilizing the VIA KT266, which has been delayed several times. Why the AMD760 was out of the question, I'll never know. But my guess is that the problems with the memory hub (when adding 3 DIMM slots), short supplies, and AMD's reluctance to produce them in large quantities made Soyo shy away from this high-performance DDR soloution.

Up until now I never realized it, but upon inspection of ALi's webpage, you find quite an extensive webpage on their chipsets and Linux. On the page are downloads of everything from IDE drivers to audio drivers and full instructions on installing them. There's even step-by-step instructions for those of you who aren't familiar with Linux.

This is definitely encouraging from a chipset company and I think this will go a long way to having their chipsets become quite polished under Linux.

The SY-K7ADA is a great choice if you're looking for stability and quality. Still, its performance, layout flaws and the premium of DDR over SDR SDRAM hurt this motherboard slightly and should probably send you considering an AMD 760 motherboard if you need DDR SDRAM or a KT133A motherboard if you're more a value-conscious consumer.

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