This content was originally featured on Amdmb.com and has been converted to PC Perspective’s website. Some color changes and flaws may appear.It would appear that lightning has struck twice and the Soyo Dragon Plus motherboard based on the KT266A chipset is a winner!
Soyo has done a great job on their second attempt at a consumer-market Athlon motherboard. The feature set that they have included would tempt anyone. After all, no other KT266A board can offer you on-board network support or the great RAID/IDE configuration that allows for ATA100 or RAID usage. The 5.1 channel sounds is nice enough that you may not need to purchase an additional sound card and it still has given the consumer an AGP Pro slot and five more PCI slots for upgrades.
It is true that the NVIDIA nForce boards, when they become widely available, will have more features including Dolby Digital audio, networking and modem, as well as on-board GeForce 2 graphics. In the market for KT266A chipset boards, only the MSI K7T266 Pro2-RU comes close to what Soyo is offering here by including USB 2.0 on-board.
As for performance, the Soyo Dragon Plus is not the fastest board I have tested, but it is right up there in the top three in every single benchmark. The minimal differences that we have seen in the review here are nearly indistinguishable in the real world and shouldn’t be a major portion of your decision making process. The price of this board is competitive as well, coming in at around $145. In fact, all of the KT66A boards that I have reviewed have their own advantages. Be it features, speed or cost, they all have had something to offer.
My congratulations to Soyo on their Dragon Plus motherboard being awarded yet another, Editor’s Choice award!