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Thread: Soyo P4X400 DRAGON Ultra Motherboard Based on the VIA Apollo




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    SOYO Announces New P4X400 DRAGON Ultra Motherboard Based on the VIA Apollo P4X400 Chipset for the Intel® Pentium® 4 Platform



    -- SY-P4X400 DRAGON Ultra Features Support for 533 MHz Front Side Bus, DDR400, 8X AGP,
    Embedded RAID Chip, 6-Channel Digital Sound, On-Board USB 2.0, ATA-133, and 10/100 Ethernet


    FREMONT, CA (July 24, 2002) - SOYO Computer, Inc. today announced its latest motherboard for enthusiasts of Intel® Pentium® 4 based systems who strive for both performance and superb features.


    The P4X400 DRAGON Ultra motherboard continues the DRAGON legend with VIA's P4X400 chipset and many advanced integrated features. Doubling the speed of the current graphics support, P4X400 officially brings 8X AGP to the Intel® platform, providing incredible graphics bandwidth at 2100MB/sec. Another break through feature is the new DDR400 support, enabling Intel® Pentium® 4 processors with 533 MHz FSB to perform at exceptional levels. On board connectivity features include USB 2.0/1.1, IDE ATA-133, and 10/100 Mbps Ethernet. For the enthusiasts, several overclocking options are provided to bring the best performance out of the P4X400 DRAGON Ultra.


    Echoing the recent trend in see-through system cases, SOYO's new DRAGON offering will go on to make a fashion statement with its platinum finish. The new P4X400 DRAGON Ultra will feature a platinum-colored PCB and a translucent chipset fan for building a stylish system.


    Maximizing VIA's new chipset, the SY-P4X400 takes advantage of its support for DDR memory modules at 400MHz. The enhanced chipset solves bottlenecks created by increasing processor speeds, and accelerates the memory bandwidth by close to 20% to 3.2 gigabits per second (GB/sec), compared to DDR333's 2.7 gigabits per second (GB/sec) and DDR266's 2.1 gigabits per second (GB/sec)


    In addition to higher memory bandwidth from the VIA chipset, another significant offering in the SY-P4X400 is its full support for 8X AGP. The addition of AGP 3.0 interface to the chipset's North Bridge brings unparallel graphic realism to the Pentium® 4 platform. PC gamers and graphics professionals can now take full advantage of the increased visual performance offered by this new DRAGON model.


    Using high quality components, SOYO has integrated a wide array of on-board features to add performance and value. The P4X400 DRAGON Ultra features an on board CMI 8738 audio chip to provide crisp 6-channel digital surround sound. The sound chip eliminates the need for a sound card, and also supports optical & S/PDIF output. S/PDIF audio connector is a standard bundling feature in the DRAGON line of motherboards. The bundled S/PDIF card allows digital audio signals to be transferred from one device to another without having to convert them first to an analog, thus maintaining the integrity of the digital signals.


    On board 10/100 Mbps Ethernet is another standard feature of the P4X400 DRAGON Ultra with its Realtek 8100B controller. SOYO has also embedded a HiPoint IDE-RAID chip to provide ATA133 IDE RAID at Level 0 (data striping), Level 1 (disk mirroring) or Levels 0+1.


    SOYO has integrated many enhanced overclocking, system management, and security features into the P4X400 DRAGON Ultra motherboard. Users can customize their boards to specific applications by adjusting the CPU FSB, DIMM voltage, AGP Pro voltage, and core voltage & multiplier through the Award PCI BIOS setup. The FSB can be set in 1Mhz increments through the BIOS setup.


    Support is also included for on-board hardware monitoring, and includes SOYO's Hardware Health Utility to streamline PC system management. Among the many hardware monitoring functions are CPU fan speed and temperature monitoring through a thermal sensor; WOL (Wake On LAN) function to simplify network management; software power-off controls and remote and/or alarm power-on control.


    Adding values to the motherboard package, SOYO bundles its Sigma Box featuring 4 front USB 2.0 ports and 2 diagnostic LED lights. The Sigma Box occupies a standard 3.5-inch or 5.25-inch drive bay, offering easy front panel access. A 8-in-1 Software CD Pack is also included with each board. The package contains Norton AntiVirus 2002, Norton Ghost, Adobe Active Share and Acrobat Reader, Vcom AutoSave, WinDVD, eWalla text & voice messaging software, and Imagemore photographic collection.


    The MSRP of the P4X400 DRAGON Ultra is $155 (U.S.). Volume discounts are available.


    ABOUT SOYO COMPUTER, INC.


    SOYO Computer, Inc was founded in 1985, with worldwide headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan, and branch offices in Germany, Hong Kong, and China. The company sells its products through a select group of distributors, resellers, system integrators, and VARs worldwide.


    SOYO's U.S. headquarters are at 41484 Christy Street, Fremont, CA 94538. For more information, please call 510-226-7696 or visit www.soyo.com.


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    Cameron "Mr.Tweak" Wilmot
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    Tweak Town Pty Ltd

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    Any tentative dates on when this will be released. I could not find anything, and thought I would ask you guys.

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    This was just posted on the Soyo Website @ www.soyousa.com
    I thought this was interesting...

    SOYO Names Mushkin Enhanced Memory Systems The Recommended DDR400 Memory Partner For Its New P4X400 DRAGONTM Ultra Motherboard, and Launches New SOYO DRAGONTM/Mushkin DDR400 Joint Promotion Program
    August 14th, 2002
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Vivian Lien
    SOYO, Inc.
    510.226.2535
    Vivian@soyousa.com

    Bruce Scrimgeour
    Mushkin Enhanced Memory Systems, Inc.
    303.534.5306
    Bruce@mushkin.com



    SOYO Names Mushkin Enhanced Memory Systems The Recommended DDR400 Memory Partner For Its New P4X400 DRAGONTM Ultra Motherboard, and Launches New SOYO DRAGONTM/Mushkin DDR400 Joint Promotion Program


    -- SY-P4X400 DRAGONTM Ultra Features Support for 533 MHz Front Side Bus, Unofficial DDR400 Compatibility, 8X AGP, Embedded RAID Chip, 6-Channel Digital Sound, On-Board USB 2.0, ATA-133, and 10/100 Ethernet

    -- Mushkin Unbuffered PC3200 Memory Module at 400 MHz Bus Frequency, Features Dependable Overclockability and Attached Heat Spreader, Single bank organization in double sided configuration


    FREMONT, CA (August 14, 2002) – SOYO Computer, Inc. today named Mushkin Enhanced Memory Systems, a subsidiary of Ramtron International Corporation (Nasdaq: RMTR), its Recommended DDR400 Memory Partner for its new P4X400 DRAGONTM Ultra motherboard for the Intel® platform and the upcoming KT400 DRAGONTM Ultra for the AMD® platform. After a series of rigorous compatibility tests, Mushkin’s DDR memory modules have proven to be the most stable, and yield the highest performance for the SOYO DRAGONTM motherboards.

    The P4X400 DRAGONTM Ultra motherboard continues the DRAGONTM legend with VIA’s P4X400 chipset and many advanced integrated features. One break through addition to the new DRAGONTM offering is its unofficial DDR400 compatibility, enabling Intel® Pentium® 4 processors with 533 MHz FSB to perform at exceptional levels. The enhanced chipset solves bottlenecks created by increasing processor speeds, and accelerates the memory bandwidth by close to 20% to 3.2 gigabits per second (GB/sec), compared to DDR333’s 2.7 gigabits per second (GB/sec) and DDR266’s 2.1 gigabits per second (GB/sec).

    PC3200 is not an official JEDEC specification, rather a guarantee of overclockability from Mushkin. Mushkin’s PC3200 DDR SDRAM has run through a speed bin sort to insure operation at 200MHz memory bus (400MHz DDR). The combination of the high-quality hand-picked yield IC chips and Mushkin's Heat Spreader make its PC3200 DDR modules the most overclockable module to date. Unlike most DDR400 solutions offered by competition, Mushkin’s is one of the “true DDR400” modules. Mushkin’s high engineering standards and quality components provide unparalleled performance.

    To enhance user experiences and to enable users to take full advantage of what SOYO P4X400 DRAGONTM Ultra has to offer, SOYO and its Recommended DDR400 Memory Partner are the industry’s firsts to join force and offer one exceptional package at one amazingly good value.

    Starting September 01, 2002 SOYO and Mushkin will start a one-month promotional campaign to promote their latest products for the gamers and hardware enthusiasts. DRAGONTM lovers can now purchase SOYO P4X400 DRAGONTM Ultra and receive a secret promotion code inside the package. Using the special promotion code, users are entitled to special pricing on the Mushkin DDR400 256MB memory modules at www.mushkin.com and guaranteed availability. The whopping 20% savings on the memory modules and 20% performance gain are true reasons why most enthusiasts choose SOYO P4X400 DRAGON Ultra and Mushkin PC3200 memory.

    The same promotion will also be available for the upcoming SOYO KT400 DRAGON Ultra motherboard.

    The MSRP of the P4X400 DRAGON Ultra is $155 (U.S.). Volume discounts are available. The MSRP of the Mushkin 256 MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM memory modules is $109 (U.S.).


    About SOYO, Inc.

    SOYO, Inc was founded in 1985, with worldwide headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan, and branch offices in Germany, Hong Kong, and China. The company sells its products through a select group of distributors, resellers, system integrators, and VARs worldwide.

    SOYO’s U.S. headquarters are at 41484 Christy Street, Fremont, CA 94538. For more information, please call 510-226-7696 or visit http://www.soyo.com.

    SOYO is a registered trademark. Other product names are either trademarks or trade names of their respective holders.


    About Mushkin Enhanced Memory Systems

    Mushkin Enhanced Memory Systems, based in Denver, Colorado has been operating its memory and components e-commerce site since 1994. It was one of the first "boutique" computer e-stores on the web. Mushkin Enhanced is a complete specialty memory source. Mushkin is a subsidiary of Ramtron International Corporation (Nasdaq: RMTR).

    For more information about Mushkin and its products, contact: Communications Department, Mushkin Enhanced Memory Systems, 435 West Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colorado, USA, 80204. Telephone is 800-569-1868; FAX is 303-534-0827. Visit Mushkin at http://www.mushkin.com.


    About Ramtron International Corporation

    Ramtron develops and markets patented FRAM memories, a new generation of semiconductor memory that combines high-performance and low-power operation with the ability to store data in the absence of power. Due to the product's unique advantages, FRAM memories are expected to revolutionize a variety of electronic consumer and industrial designs. Ramtron also develops and markets ultra-high-performance memory products through its subsidiary, Enhanced Memory Systems, Inc.

    For more information about Ramtron and its products, contact: Communications Department, Ramtron International Corporation, 1850 Ramtron Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, 80921. Telephone is 719-481-7000 or 800-545-FRAM (3726); FAX is 719-481-7058; e-mail address is info@ramtron.com. Homepage is http://www.ramtron.com.

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