Soyo's K7ADA ALi DDR Socket A Mobo!

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Soyo's K7ADA ALi DDR Socket A Mobo...
With some Crucial PC2100 RAM and a WBK38 thrown in!

By Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta
April 18, 2001

Taking the processing and bandwidth requirements to the next level, we have our Content Creation Winstone and SiSoft Sandra scores.

Content Creation and our girl Sandra
Let's get to work...

We also ran Content Creation Winstone, which seemed to benefit slightly from the increased memory bandwidth...

CC Winstone

Again, the Soyo board comes out on top by the smallest of margins.

For a more specific breakdown of the performance of the motherboard's sub-systems, we ran SiSoft's Sandra at both the default and overclocked speeds of 750MHz and 1.064GHz respectively.

SiSoft Sandra

CPU @ 750MHz                                              CPU@1.064GHz

MM @ 750MHz                                               MM@1.064GHz

MEM @ 750MHz                                           MEM@1.064GHz


Across the board we see great numbers posted by the SY-K7ADA.  The overclocked memory performance is top notch, slightly bested only by the AMD760 reference system and the much more expensive Pentium 4 with RDRAM.

We would quickly like to mention that we tested the on-board sound and found it to be adequate.  The quality was on-par with most other integrated solutions.  Any respecting power-user should opt to replace the on-board sound with a more powerful PCI card though.

In general we were pleased with the Soyo SY-K7ADA.  The board offers top-tier performance at an affordable price (around $125 US).  We were disappointed with some aspects regarding the layout and would have preferred multiplier and voltage adjustments be available in the BIOS.  Regardless of our preferences with the layout though, the K7ADA is nonetheless a quality product and worthy of a place in some of your systems We give the ALi MAGiK 1 based Soyo SY-K7ADA a HotHardware Heat Meter Rating of...


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Tags:  DDR, Mobo, SoC, socket, K

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