Soyo SY-P4RS350 Review :: Introduction

07-12-2004 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

SOYO has been making computer equipment for many years. Based primarily out of Taiwan, SOYO was founded in 1985. To put things in perspective, 1985 was the last year the Dodgers won the World Series and NVIDIA didn't even exist. Best known for their "Dragon"series of motherboards, SOYO also makes products such as cases, micro flash drives and network cards to complete the computing experience.

The Intel Socket 478 platform has nearly reached the end of life with the release of Intel's Socket 775 925/915 motherboards. No further Intel Pentium 4 CPUs will be released. The current Prescott CPUs are still viable computing platforms, however, and there is still a market for inexpensive systems or for those that don't want to upgrade all at once.

ATI is best known for their video cards. I've had a soft spot in my heart for their video cards since the original All in Wonder RADEON back in 2000. Since then they've released ever faster and more feature-rich video cards that have culminated in their latest X800 XT Platinum Edition. One area where they haven't concentrated on is the motherboard chipset market. The first motherboard chipset made by ATI was called the IGP320. This chipset was followed by IGP340, RS300 and now RS350.