Motherboard: SOYO CK8 Dragon Plus :: Performance

12-08-2003 · Category: Motherboards

By Doc Overclock

We tested the latest Athlon 64 boards we could get our hands on for this round and we were pleasantly pleased with the results across the spectrum as all were good boards in their own ways, each with its own special something. This board, the CK8 as I stated previously in the review comes overclocked by default and that pushed its performance scores above the crowd as it is the fastest clocked CPU in this round of boards. ASUS on the other hand had the lowest default clock speed and it tested last leaving me to believe that the default speed should be set at the maximum speed possible as well as maintaining stability. I had no problems with the running of the SOYO CK8, either in our test runs, the burn-in times or just general usage. Overall, I was very happy with how the board worked in both real time and test time, it left my test bed only to become the board in a custom system build for Cooler-Master that will post here in a week or so and man does it frelling look sweet!

I have heard disturbing rumors from the manufactures as of late that some sites are having a 3-5 day turnaround on reviews and I seriously and I do mean seriously question the validity of a motherboard review done in a few days. For one thing, just to get a feel on how the board works in the daily environment takes a few days. Then there is a 2-3 day burn-in time not to mention the actual testing period itself, so any review done in a few short days is a rushed and most likely inaccurate review as it takes time to actually fully realize a product. We take at the least 10 days to test, play with and burn-in a motherboard before even considering the writing part of a review.

The one thing I have noticed with the new Athlon 64/FX CPU's and platform is its better ability in the multitasking area, I mean my AMD 3000+ system begins to start running slow if I open and run programs a few times and then shut and open them again. The new AMD 64/FX platform, (be it VIA or NVIDIA chipset) runs basically like a Pentium4 in most respects and seems to take on the challenge of running multiple applications at once much, much better than its predecessors.

The following Unreal 2003 test are NOT used to calculate our performance score but are included here as additional scores for you to compare.