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Soltek SL-67B Slot-1 440BX Motherboard

Soltek SL-67B Slot-1 440BX Motherboard - PCSTATS
Abstract: Soltek is a relatively newcomer in the computer industry. The company was founded in 1996 by ex-Soyo employees.
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External Mfg. Website: Soltek Aug 21 1999   D. Dee  
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Soltek SL-67B Slot-1 440BX Mainboard


Soltek is a relatively newcomer in the computer industry. The company was founded in 1996 by ex-Soyo employees, and since then their products have been found in just about every OEM's price lists or system. Soltek has always prided itself with providing good products, for very good prices, which most of the time are well below their competitors prices.

Generally, Soltek motherboards have always been targeted towards the budget minded users. Of course, that's not really a problem if that's indeed your target market. Unfortunately following this market strategy will not separate you from the pack. While Soltek motherboards have always been of excellent quality, at the same time, they have never been anything to rave about.

The SL-67B is Soltek's flagship Slot-1 440BX motherboard. It boasts the ever so popular 5/2/1 configuration, which refers to the PCI, ISA and AGP slots respectively. Here's the complete set of specs:

CPU Support: Slot-1
Chipset: Intel i440 BX
Memory: 4 168-Pin DIMMs, Max Mem 1GB
L2 Cache: On-Chip (512K)
Form Factor: ATX
Expansion Slots: 1 AGP, 5 PCI, 2 ISA
Bus Speeds Supported: 66, 68, 75, 83, 100, 103, 112, 133
Multipliers Supported: 3.5x-8x
BIOS: Award

First Impressions, The Package, Installation

One of the very first things you will notice about the SL-67B, is how small its footprint is. Fitting this mobo into any case should not present anyone with any problems. Regardless of its size, the board is very well layed out, and it sports 5 PCI slots, and 4 DIMM slots. It even sports built-in processor brackets. That's a nice feature, especially for people like me, who always forget about the processor brackets until after I finish screwing the mobo down.

On the other hand, processor brackets are not really necessary unless you plan on using your computer as a Frisbee. It seems like the Soltek guys didn't skimp on any "normal" features just to make it small. While it doesn't skimp on any "normal" features, it lacks cool things like hardware monitoring, and the ability to adjust to the CPU core voltage. Again, keeping true to its heritage, this board doesn't boast any features that will separate it from the pack. Don't give up on it yet. Believe me, this mobo will surprise you.

The bus speed and multiplier settings are set via DIP switches on the motherboard. Well, kind of. You see, Any bus speed other than 66 or 100 Mhz are set via the BIOS. Now, this doesn't really make any sense to me. If you gonna give the ability to set some bus speeds through the BIOS, why not give the ability to set ALL the bus speeds through the BIOS. One thing that was kind of annoying about the bus speeds, was the luck of a speed setting between 112 Mhz and 133 Mhz. It seems to me that a 124 Mhz bus speed would had been in order.

Examining the package, besides the mobo itself, you will find a piece of paper (we'll get to that in a sec), a CD-ROM disc containing the manual, and utilities and the standard IDE hard drive and floppy drive cables. The piece of paper is a quick install guide for the motherboard, describing how to quickly setup your bus and multiplier settings. The lack of a paper manual is something that I personally always frown upon. The manual is of course included on the CD-ROM, but it's always nice to have a paper manual. When I examined the manual on the CD I found it to be adequate, but certainly not above and beyond.

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