We were generally happy with this motherboard's overall performance, acing every test compared to the VIA K8T800 comparison board. The onboard features and excellent performance make it a viable option for users looking for an affordable Athlon 64 motherboard. Component wise, our only real complaint was the lack of Gigabit Ethernet, otherwise, this motherboard has everything you need to build a robust performance machine on a budget. What is also a plus is that when newer OSs and programs start appearing this year for 64-Bit computing, this motherboard will be able to settle right in and grow with the technology. However, there is one caveat if this is what you are planning.
In the not too distant future, AMD is going to shift production of their processors so that they are all based on a 939 pin configuration. This means in the future it will be difficult to upgrade your current 754 PIN processor because there simply will not be any. It is also worth pointing out that PCI-X is coming soon and early indications are that the added performance should be well worth the wait.
So, in closing, if you are looking to upgrade to the Athlon 64 and want to keep it as affordable as possible, picking up the Soyo SY-CK8 Dragon Plus would be a good choice. For around $128, the performance and onboard components are quite good and expandability is excellent. However, if you think there is a chance that you may want to upgrade the processor in the next year, it may be worth holding off until Soyo offers up a model with support for the newer 939 pin array as well as PCI-X, then you'll be sitting pretty.
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