Motherboard: Soyo P4I875P Dragon 2 v1 Review :: Setup and Testing

04-27-2004 · Category: Motherboards

By Doc Overclock

Motherboard: Soyo P4I875P Dragon 2 v1 Review
Motherboard: Soyo P4I875P Dragon 2 v1 Review
Motherboard: Soyo P4I875P Dragon 2 v1 Review

Setup was a rather easy event once all the system parts were properly installed. Provided are all the cables both IDE and SATA that you might need to get up and going as is the easy to navigate users manual. If you are new to the world of PC's I would highly advise to RTFM before getting started as this will help to familiarize yourself with what is what and what goes where. This can save valuable setup time otherwise spent wasted on trial and error.

Motherboard: Soyo P4I875P Dragon 2 v1 Review

The SOYO COMBO feature of the BIOS will automatically detect and set your motherboard's parameters to what it senses are the most optimal and stable settings. I tried a few different types of memory during the initial setup period to see what the system automatically detected them at and the SPD function accurately worked fine every time. All the necessary drivers are included on the installation CD so after you get past the initial Windows installation you can update and configure your system. Windows update SP1 must first be installed if you want to take advantage of the USB 2.0 functionality as it is not recognized otherwise.

System

  • Motherboard: SOYO P4I875P Dragon 2 V 1.0 Black Label
  • CPU: Intel P4 (Northwood) 3.2GHz@800MHz
  • Cooling: Scythe Kamikaze
  • Memory: 2X256MB Kingston DDR400 CAS Latency 2.5 ran at 2.0
  • Hard Drives: Dual Seagate SATA150 80GB RAID 0 7200RPM
  • Video: ATI RADEON 9700 Pro 128MB
  • DVD: AOpen 16X ATA33
  • Power Supply: SOYO Raptor 400W ATX

Software

  • SYSmark 2002
  • PCmark 2004
  • 3Dmark 2001SE
  • 3Dmark 2003 (patched)
  • Quake 3
  • UT 2003
  • SpecviewPerf 7.1.1
  • Windows XP SP1