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Soyo CK8 Dragon Plus Review
By: DMOS
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    2004-06-15

    Table of Contents:
  • Soyo CK8 Dragon Plus Review
  • Board Layout
  • BIOS and Benchmarks List
  • Adobe After Effects and POV-Ray
  • STARS CFD Solver, SuperPi, and SPECViewPerf
  • 3DMark2001SE, Comanche4, WinRAR, Divx and LAME
  • Conclusion, Highs and Lows

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    Soyo CK8 Dragon Plus Review - BIOS and Benchmarks List


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    Soyo usually prides themselves on their "Combo" bios. The CK8 is no different in this respect and got treated to a decent amount of functionality. There is control over CPU voltage (max 1.7V), as well as AGP (max 1.8V), DIMM (max 2.9V), and chipset (max 1.9V).  The board does undervolt, and this is something that normally would hurt your overclocking potential. That is of course, if you could get around the fact that there is no PCI bus lock. Yes, that infamous issue has raised its head here as well. While the AGP speed can be set to 66MHz and it'll stay there regardless of the HT speed you set, the PCI bus will vary.  And of course, with no dividers on tap, there's really nothing that you can do about it. As a result, I was stuck to around 215 MHz HT.  Changing the multiplier in Clockgen was a sure way to crash the system. 

    So if you are looking for a massive overclocking board for your A64... hold off until you can get your paws on a nForce3 250 or VIA K8T800 Pro based mobo. As you can see though, the board does allow messing with some of the memory timings, and the other typical bios parameters. The only thing I felt it was missing was multiplier adjustment. But again, since the processors are locked upwards, and you can't hit high HT speeds, it would be for the most part pointless.

    BENCHMARKS

    • AMD Athlon 64 3200+

    • Albatron K8X800 Pro II

    • Kingston Hyper X 3000

    • 2x60GB IBM 120GXP HD's in 64k stripe RAID 0 (VIA Controller)

    • Radeon 8500 LE

    For this review, we gave this thing a run through a solid test suite:

    • Adobe After Effects

    • POV-Ray

    • STARS CDF Solver

    • Super Pi

    • SPECViewPerf 7.1.1

    • 3DMark 2k1SE

    • Comanche4 

    • WinRAR

    • Divx

    • LAME MP3 Encoding

    • ATTO Disk Test

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