Soyo SY-P4I865PE Plus Dragon 2 V1.0 Review :: Introduction

06-30-2004 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

Intel first introduced the i875 chipset over a year ago to complement their Pentium 4 CPUs and the introduction of the 800 MHz FSB. Shortly thereafter they introduced the i865 chipset forming a hi-mid range for motherboard chipsets that still exists today at least for the short term. I mention this because they just released a whole new motherboard platform that will introduce many new features including PCI-Express, Socket LGA-775, DDR2 and high definition Audio (Azalia). This is literally just around the corner so if you're intending to buy a high-end computer today, it would be best to wait a bit.

Soyo has been around making computer equipment since 1985. That's a long time in computer terms. Back then the IBM PC was just introduced 4 years prior. Personal computers in 1985 had no hard disk drive or CD-ROM drive. Microsoft's Windows operating system wasn't even introduced until 1985. Anyway, this information is meant to give a sense of history as to how long Soyo has been around.

Soyo SY-P4I865PE Plus Dragon 2 V1.0 Review

Soyo manufactures motherboards based upon many different chipsets from virtually every chipset manufacturer. They've done boards on chipsets from Intel, NVIDIA, ATI, ALI, Via and others making their line-up fit for every need. They first announced the SY-P4I865PE Plus Dragon 2 last year and the board I'm reviewing here is the "Second Edition" of that motherboard.