Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra Motherboard Review

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The Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra Motherboard Review
The Best That Soyo Has To Offer!

By, Jeff Bouton
June 23, 2002

Benchmarks and Comparisons Continued
Content Creation 2002 & Business Winstone 2001

Content Creation Winstone 2002:

Content Creation Winstone 2002 is a benchmarking program that measures a PC's overall performance when running multimedia intensive programs.  Some of the applications it uses to determine a Content Creation 2002 rating are:

  • Adobe Photoshop 6.0.1

  • Adobe Premiere 6.0

  • Macromedia Director 8.5

  • Macromedia Dreamweaver UltraDev 4

  • Microsoft Windows Media Encoder

  • Netscape Navigator 6/6.01

  • Sonic Foundry Sound Forge 5.0c (build 184)

Once again we ran the scores with the original release BIOS and the updated Release Candidate.

When we originally ran Content Creation Winstone, the Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra was able to top the KX7-333R ever so slightly.  However, like we saw in the other tests, the Dragon really took off with the updated BIOS.  Now we'll take a look and see if this trend continues with Business Winstone 2001...

Business Winstone 2001:

Business Winstone is a benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running applications that are commonly found in the everyday workstation environment.  Some of the programs it runs to determine a Business WInstone 2001 rating are:

  • Five Microsoft Office 2000 applications (Access, Excel, FrontPage, PowerPoint, and Word)

  • Microsoft Project 98

  • Lotus Notes R5

  • NicoMak WinZip

  • Norton Antivirus

  • Netscape Communicator

Here the Dragon board once again started out lagging the Abit system, although the score increased nicely the second time around.  Overall, it was a tight race between the two systems, both proving to be quite capable systems.


Now that we're bringing this review to a close, let's recap some of the things we loved and loathed, and issue the infamous "Rating."  From a features perspective, the Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra has it all.  From USB 2.0, to the latest High-Point RAID controller to the external USB Sigma box, Soyo has all the bases covered.  Although the performance was a little low with the current release BIOS in comparison to the reference system, Soyo has already begun to address this and the results are shaping up nicely.  The improved performance gains achieved with the new Release Candidate BIOS helped to make this board one of the best performing KT333 boards we've reviewed to date.  Throw in excellent overclocking features and the Dragon Ultra really shines.  Unfortunately, there were a few things that did tarnish the Dragon Ultra's image.  Like we noted earlier, the lack of any retention device on the AGP slot, some capacitors crowding the CPU socket, and the omission of any type of thermal layer between the active cooling on the Northbridge all detract from a beautiful product.  Some of you may be more forgiving than others when it comes to the weight these negatives carry in the big picture.  With this reviewer, however, these are significant enough to take away from an otherwise stellar rating. 

In closing, aside from a few negatives, we were thoroughly impressed with the Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra and give it a HotHardware Heat Meter Rating of an 8.5!



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