Soyo KT600 DRAGON Ultra PE - Page 5

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We are glad to see that the KT600 Platinum has enough room between the AGP slot and the memory slots so that an installed video card will not interfere with a simple memory upgrade. There is one item of concern, however, that we think you should be aware of. If you look at the image above, you will notice a red circle on a rectangular chip. This circled area is where one of the motherboard mounting holes would normally be found, so remember to remove this specific motherboard standoff from your case. If you forget, you could end up damaging your KT600 Platinum.

Right beside the three DIMM slots are two IDE connectors. Between the third memory slot and the top edge of the motherboard, there is a red jumper cap that controls Soyo's Anti-Burn Regular. Protection will be disabled if you take the jumper cap off the jumper. Two more fan headers are located in this area as well; the closest one to the jumper for the processor fan.

Instead of integrating the processor multiplier adjustments within the BIOS like other high-end motherboards, the KT600 Platinum includes a dip-switch. This is, without doubt, a huge disappointment for the overclocker. For one, it really is inconvenient to go inside the case every time to change the processor multiplier. Secondly, the switch is even more inconvenient because it's located in this area of the board. Plus, a dip-switch is just plain "old-school" to me. I'm sure many of you won't even bother with the KT600 Platinum just because of the dip-switch alone. Soyo should have placed the main ATX connector here a tossed out the dip-switch completely.

Our last stop on the KT600 Platinum is the I/O back panel. The panel consists of two PS/2 ports for a keyboard and mouse, one parallel port, two serial ports, four USB 2.0 ports, one gigabit ethernet port, one firewire port and three audio ports.