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Soyo SYTISU Motherboard Review

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Soyo's SY-TISU Motherboard
All Overclockers Welcome

By, Jeff Bouton
August 20, 2001

Quality & Setup of the Soyo SY-TISU Motherboard
Nicely Done...
Upon first inspection, the Soyo SY-TISU motherboard reveals some very nice features.  This board has 1 AGP, 1 CNR, and 6 PCI slots, allowing ample room for expansion.  Although the board is fairly well laid out, there are a few items that we wish were re-thought.  For example, notice how the lithium battery is placed so close to the 5th and 6th PCI slots.  In the future when the battery needs replacing, which should be a very simple task, users may be required
to remove a PCI card if the card is longer than the actual slot.  Another common placement issue is the lack of acceptable room between the RAM slots and the AGP slot.  If a user were to upgrade or change their RAM, it is almost certain that the video card would have to be removed in order to release the tabs that secure the RAM in place.  This placement of the AGP slot is very common with many of today's motherboards.  Many reviewers have expressed annoyance by this "problem", yet it seems few manufacturers have shown any interest in changing their manufacturing procedures.

The SY-TISU comes with 3 SDRAM slots that can accept a total of 512MB of RAM, the maximum allowed by the i815 chipset.  Soyo has also opted to add a heatsink to the Northbridge which is always a welcomed sight.  There are a decent amount of capacitors placed around the CPU socket and RAM slots to insure that clean current is provided to these key
components.  Soyo has done a very nice job in positioning these capacitors so they do not intrude on any critical areas.  Notice that we had no difficulty installing our oversized cooler on the CPU.  Using a Global Win FOP38 cooler with 7000RPM fan, the cooler has plenty of additional room around it.  If we felt it necessary to apply an even larger cooler assembly, we're comfortable in thinking that there should be no problems installing it.

This board is designed following the ATX form factor standard, equipped with 2- PS2, 2-USB, 2-Serial, 1LPT port.  Additionally, there are on-board audio and joystick ports that can be easily disabled in the BIOS or by adjusting the DIP Switches on the main board.  Although these DIP Switches may be hidden with the installation of a CNR, we doubt that this will be a major issue.

The SY-TISU provides support for a smart card reader as well as an additional USB header. 



Without a doubt, the folks at Soyo have certainly put together a quality motherboard with several nice touches.  From what we've seen so far, this board is built to last a long time with plenty of room for future expansion.  Let us move on to the BIOS and go over some of the features that tie it all together.

The BIOS

 

   
   

 

As soon as we looked at the BIOS, one thing became very clear...this board is geared towards the overclocker.  We clicked on the first item in the BIOS titled the "Soyo Combo Feature" and found a nice selection of settings designed to allow us to push this system way beyond spec.  The FSB can be adjusted in 1MHz. increments up to a whopping 255MHz.!  (Not that you would go anywhere near that high). 

 

The BIOS also allows for CPU voltage adjustments in .025V increments up to a maximum of 1.825V.  This is extremely helpful in maximizing a processor's overclocking potential.  The board also comes with a hardware monitor capable of viewing critical voltages and temperatures.  While testing out an overclock, a safety can be set to shutdown the machine if the CPU temperature increases beyond the specified setting.  This will certainly be helpful in protecting your CPU from becoming a keychain.

 

Now that we've covered some of the more important features of the BIOS, let us move on to the test bench and see how the SOYO SY-TISU performs.

 

The H.H. Test System, The Stones, and a Dash of Overclocking

 

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