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SOYO KT333 DRAGON Ultra - Platinum Edition
By CPU-zilla
Category : Mainboard
Published by Jimmy Tang on Saturday, 20th July, 2002
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  


A Silver Dragon

We saw ECS' purple motherboard just yesterday and today we have SOYO's silver offering. Silver or white PCBs form a new trend in today's high-end motherboards targeted at the hardcore user who needs a board to look as good as it performs. This group of new users go for looks that kill and are the ones that like to modify their casings.

The new SOYO KT333 DRAGON Ultra Platinum Edition is SOYO's latest in their line of high-end KT333 motherboards which comes with attractive accessories and most important of all, a motherboard that scores a 'Distinction' in the vanity department. Packed with useful features and PCI slots and connectors with well co-ordinated colors, the KT333 DRAGON Ultra even comes with color matching transistors. The design and layout of the board is one that would attract not only the hardcore case modders, but general users as well.

The motherboard comes in a huge packaging which has a carry handle - which means that SOYO would prefer the user lug it around the stores to show off. In the box, you'll find an extensive range of accesories which includes :-

  • a driver CD
  • a floppy drive cable
  • three pieces of ATA133 IDE cable
  • a thick user's manual
  • an 8-in-1 software bonus pack (which includes Adobe ActiveShare, InterVideo WinDVD, Norton Ghost 2002 and Norton Antivirus 2002)
  • an I/O faceplate
  • a packet of thermal paste
  • two plastic spacers
  • an E-Box front panel (with 5.25" bay extender)
  • an SPDIF in/out with rear channels bracket

    SOYO KT333 DRAGON Ultra Technical Specifications
    Processor
    • Socket A for AMD Athlon / AMD Athlon XP / AMD Duron
    • AMD processors at 600MHz to 1.8GHz or higher
    • Support for 200 / 266MHz FSB
    Chipset
    • VIA KT333 North Bridge
      • Supports DDR333 memory technology up to 3GB
      • 200 / 266MHz front side bus
      • AGP 2x/4x
    • VIA VT8233A South Bridge
      • High bandwidth V-Link client controller
      • 2-channel Ultra ATA 133/100/66/33 Bus Mastering IDE controller
      • Supports up to four USB ports
      • Supports AC-97 audio and MC-97 modem codec
      • PCI 2.2 interface
    Cache memory
    • CPU Built-in 256KB (Athlon/Athlon XP) or 64KB (Duron) L2 cache
    System memory
    • 3 x 184-pin DDR SDRAM DIMM
    • Supports DDR 200/266/333 DIMM Module
    • Supports 2.5V unbuffered DDR SDRAM
    • Supports a maximum of 3GB of memory with 1GB DIMM
    PCI IDE
    • 2 x bus master UDMA-33/66/100/133 IDE ports (up to 4 devices)
    • Support for PIO, UDMA-33, UDMA-66, UDMA-100 and UDMA-133 IDE
    • Built-in HighPoint HPT372 ATA-133 IDE/RAID controller for up to an additional 4 IDE devices supporting RAID 0, 1, 0+1
    I/O Interface
    • 1x floppy port (360KB - 2.88MB)
    • 2x serial ports
    • 1x parallel port (SPP/EPP/ECP)
    • 1x PS/2 Keyboard
    • 1x PS/2 Mouse
    • 4x USB 1.1 ports (2x rear I/O panel, 2x on-board via header)
    • 4x USB 2.0 ports (via on-board headers)
    • 1x IrDA header infrared connection
    • Audio ports for on-board sound (Line-Out, Line-In, Mic)
    • 1x Game port
    • 1x RJ45 10/100Mbps LAN port
    • 4x fan headers
    Expansion slots
    • 5x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.2 compliant
    • 1x AGP Pro (2x/4x mode) slot - AGP 2.0 compliant
    Power Management
    • Enhanced ACPI for Win98 / 2000 / Me / XP compatibility
    • Power-on by switch, LAN, modem, RTC alarm, PS/2 keyboard
    • Power-off by Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP/NT shut down and switch
    Form Factor
    • ATX Form Factor : 30.5cm x 24.5cm
    • Fits into regular ATX case
    BIOS
    • 2Mbit (256KB) Flash ROM
    • Award Flash BIOS with PnP, DMI and ACPI support
    • Multi-boot on LS120, ZIP, ATAPI CD-ROM, SCSI, IDE #1, #2, #3, #4
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