Soyo SYTISU Motherboard Review

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Soyo's SY-TISU Motherboard
All Overclockers Welcome

By, Jeff Bouton
August 20, 2001

With the July release of Intel's new Tualatin processor, we are seeing an ever increasing number motherboard manufacturers incorporating support for the new processor into their designs.  And why not?  The PIII Tualatin CPU, based on a 0.13-micron manufacturing process, it capable of running at faster speeds while requiring less power than its predecessors based on a .18-micron process.   Marry those qualities up with the i815EP's B-stepping and you have the makings of a high-performance system, capable of running virtually any of today's most intensive applications.

Today we are spotlighting the first of these "Tualatin"-ready motherboards to be produced by Soyo, the SY-TISU.  Incorporating the features we just mentioned, as well as a few other nice qualities, the SY-TISU looked promising right out of the box.  So without delay, let's move on to the product specs and see what this board brings to the table.

Specifications of the Soyo SY-TISU Motherboard
A Well Rounded System...

DESCRIPTION
66/100/133MHz FSB Socket 370 Based ATX Motherboard

PROCESSOR
Support Intel FC-PGA 2 Tualatin Processor
Support Intel FC-PGA Pentium III and Celeron Processors

CHIPSET
Intel 815EP B-step Chipset
Supports 66/100/133 MHz FSB

SYSTEM MEMORY  
Three 168-pin SDRAM DIMM sockets support up to 512MB

EXPANSION SLOTS
Six 32-bit Bus Mastering PCI slots (v2.2 compliant)
One AGP slots (4x mode)
One CNR Connector

On Board Audio Subsystem

AC97 CODEC on board to provide audio solution

ON BOARD ULTRA I/O CHIP
Two RS-232 serial ports (16550 UART compatible)
One Parallel printer port (SPP/EPP/ECP mode)
One FDD port (Supports LS120, 3 mode, 1.2/1.44/2.88MB FDD)
Provides IrDA port with optional cable for transceiver
Provides 4 USB ports (2 rear, 2 font)

TWO ULTRA DMA-33/66/100 IDE PORTS
Two independent channels for four IDE devices
Supports up to PIO mode 5 and Ultra DMA 33/66/100

BOARD DIMENSIONS
Four layers, 30.5 cm x 22 cm (12"x8.66")
ATX form factor

BOOT-BLOCK FLASH BIOS
Award PCI BIOS with green, ACPI, APM, PnP, DMI functions
Supports multiple-boot from E-IDE/SCSI/CD-ROM/FDD/ZIP
2 Mbit Flash ROM

ENHANCED PC HEALTH MONITORING
Built-in I/O chip hardware monitoring functions
On-board voltage monitors for CPU Vcore, Vtt, +12V, 3.3V, Vbat (TBD)
CPU and system fan speed monitor
Precision CPU temperature monitoring through CPU on-die thermal diode

DOUBLE STACK BACK-PANEL I/O CONNECTORS
PS/2 Mini-DIN mouse & keyboard ports
Two USB ports
One D-Sub 25-pin female printer port
Two D-Sub 9-pin serial port

FCC CLASS B AND CE EMI REGULATION COMPLIANT

Included with the package we received for review, aside from the motherboard itself,  was an Owners Manual, Drivers CD, a floppy cable, and an 80-Pin IDE cable.  Additionally, there was a CD titled "Super 8-in-1 Bonus Pack", which included such titles as Norton Ghost, Norton AntiVirus 2000, and Adobe ActiveShare to name a few.  The one thing that was a bit disappointing for this reviewer was the lack of any USB hardware.  All too often we review quality motherboards that boast additional USB headers, yet the manufacturer does not provide the means to take advantage of this feature.  With some diligence, we could surely locate such hardware, but it seems that this is not always an easy task.  

Let us go on and review the boards construction and some of its finer features...


Quality, Setup, and the BIOS...

 

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