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 05/30/2012 05:54 PM
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Hey all,

Have a little blast from the past for a few of you. I was in volunteering today at the computer place and noticed a lot of newish-looking computers sitting in the "to be recycled" pile. I was a little curious so I opened one of them up. They were Athlon XP 2600+ based boxes, all with Soyo KT400 Dragon motherboards. I was pretty interested at first because I had never seen a silver motherboard before. I have to admit, it was pretty sweet!

In the spirit of saving something from the junk pile, I was about to ask why these had all been places there.

That's when I remembered stories about people "re-capping" Soyo Dragon boards, and I took a closer look. Sure enough, all of the boards had bulging caps around the CPU socket, some more than others. The PCs had been used commercially, so I'm sure they were causing all kinds of headaches for the company.

Had the caps not been so bad, or had I had some skills in removing and adding new caps, I may have saved one. It really did look spectacular, and the CPU's all had pretty beefy coolers on them as well.

Sigh.

Now here's a quick question---I seem to remember people overclocking with these boards, however, they have VIA chipsets. I didn't think VIA chipsets had PCI/AGP/IDE/etc locks on them? Or did they begin to put them on with higher end chipsets?

Yes I know, I could easily google and find the answer, but I figured I'd start a discussion on here instead with anyone who cares. Gosh. I feel like computers just used to be more fun!


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 05/30/2012 06:25 PM
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Yeah I think remember that. For some reason VIA was stuck in the cold and lonely world of dividers, and didn't implement a real PCI lock until way late.

You could always grab one anyway, and do something like this...

http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/supplies/3226

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 05/31/2012 12:18 PM
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Soyo no longer makes main boards, they bailed out of the business when Abit was sued in a class action lawsuit for bad caps.

PS remember the scheme they used for the chipsets, IIRC the KT400 was only good for 333 mhz fsb, while the KT600 was for 400 mhz fsb, man there were a lot of irate people on the forums here and elsewhere.

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 06/02/2012 06:31 PM
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Abit was sued for bad caps? This is news to me. I feel like you could sue many board manufacturers for bad caps...

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 06/03/2012 05:06 PM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_abit

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 06/26/2012 04:11 AM
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those are awesome looking motherboards...those would really look cool under UV Lights

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 06/27/2012 09:27 PM
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Agreed!

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