Introduction

Only after VIA made headlines after introducing their KT266A, they are back again in the lime light with the new KT333 chipset. After the unprecedented success of the KT266A chip, we can sure expect to see something even more with the new KT333 chip. This is the first VIA chipset to support DDR333 memory, which is said to give a performance boost of around 25% from DDR 266. The KT333 offers a number of other key features such as AGP4X, ATA-133, integrated six channel advanced audio, six USB ports, integrated 10/100Mbps Ethernet and a few more other cool stuff. SOYO didn't release their KT333 solution as soon as it was released by VIA. Instead they delayed their release until they were able to offer a board which had all the goodies the KT333 chipset could possibly offer. The SOYO dragon line series are turning to become one of the most sort after boards in the motherboard arena and today we bring to you their latest addition The KT333 Dragon Ultra.


Specifications and Installation

Model
KT333 DRAGON Ultra
Description
AMD Socket-A Based VIA KT333 ATX Motherboard
Processor
  • Support AMD Socket-A type Processor
  • Including Duron, Athlon, AthlonXP
Chipset
  • VIA KT333/8233A chipsets
  • Support 200/266 MHz FSB
  • VIA V-link chip interconnect (266MB/s)
System Memory
Three 184-pin DDR SDRAM 2.5V DIMM sockets support up to 3GB (DDR 200/266/333)
Expansion Slots
  • Five 32-bit Bus Mastering PCI slots (V2.2 compliant)
  • One Universal AGP Pro slot (support 1X/2X/4X mode)
On Board Audio Subsystem
  • On board CMI 8738 Audio chip to provide 6 channels audio solution
  • Support SPDIF optical and coaxial input/output
On Board Ultra I/O Chip
  • Two RS-232 serial ports (16550 UART compatible)
  • One parallel printer port (SPP/EPP/ECP mode)
  • One FDD port (Supports 3 mode, 1.2/1.44/2.88 MB FDD
  • Provides IrDA port with optional cable for transceiver
  • Provides 8 USB ports (2 rear, 6 Pin Header (4 for USB2.0))
Ultra DMA IDE Ports
  • Four independent channels for eight IDE devices(two for raid)
  • Supports up to PIO Mode 5 and UDMA 66/100/133
  • Two PCI bus mastering ATA E-IDE ports
Boot-Block Flash BIOS
  • Award PCI BIOS with ACPI function
  • Supports multiple-boot from E-IDE/ SCSI/ CD-ROM/ FDD/ LS120/ ZIP
  • 2 Mbyte Flash ROM
Board Dimensions
  • Four layers, 30.5 cm x 24.5 cm(12" x 9.6")
  • ATX form factor
Enhanced PC Health Monitoring
  • On-board voltage monitors
  • CPU fan speed monitor
  • CPU temperature monitoring through flexible thermal sensor
  • CPU temperature overheats protection
Double Stack Back-Panel I/O Connectors
  • PS/2 Mini-DIN mouse & keyboard ports
  • Two USB ports
  • One RJ45 connector
  • Two D-Sub 9-pin male serial ports
  • One D-Sub 25-pin female printer port
  • Audio I/O: LINE-Outx1 , LINE-Inx1, MIC JACK x1
  • One game port
Features
  • Supports WOL (Wake On LAN) function to simplify network management
  • Support Smart Card Reader connector
  • On board 10/100 Mbps Ethernet function
  • SOYO Wizard On Hand III Function : CPU core voltage & FSB & multiplier & DIMM/AGP voltage could be adjusted via BIOS setup.
  • Embedded Hipoint IDE RAID chip, provide ATA133 IDE-RAID 0,1,0+1
  • Suspend to RAM, Suspend To Disk
  • DIMM voltage adjustable
  • AGP Pro voltage adjustable
  • Supports High-speed USB 2.0 ports (4 ports)

Free ? BOX included. (Provide 4 * front USB1.1/2.0 port

Block Diagram of the KT333 Chipset


Installation

We did not come across any issues while installing the board at all. Following up on the tradition of the dragon series, SOYO has once more included a very detailed manual to sort things out if you're having trouble. Remember that this board comes with the "Fan Off Control" system as well, so make sure you attach your CPU cooling fan to the appropriate fan header. Other than that there were no issues at all, so I would assume none of you would have any problem either.

Category: Motherboards