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Soltek SL-75DRV5 KT333CE Motherboard Review

Soltek SL-75DRV5 KT333CE Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: With the era of the KT333 chipset and consequently DDR333 upon us in full swing it leaves one wondering what to really make of it all.
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External Mfg. Website: Soltek Apr 03 2002   Colin Sun  
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The BIOS

Like most motherboard manufacturers out there, Soltek has chosen to use the Award BIOS for their motherboards. While Soltek includes the usual amount of memory tweaks such as CAS Latency, DRAM timing and CMD Rates we were a little disappointed that multiplier controls were only available via DIP switches.

New here is the DDSkew Level. Unfortunately I'm not sure how this works.

As we can see here, the temperature of the CPU is quite high with a voltage of 1.75V! Still, it's a lot more comforting to know what temperature the processor is actually running at.

This was the most interesting part of the BIOS. Again, we're not sure exactly what the Skew adjusts do so we left them alone for the most part. CPU voltage could be adjusted from 1.10V to 1.85V. You can manually change the system FSB via the CPU clock.

Soltek's RedStorm overclocking option is very interesting.

This allows newbies to explore overclocking relatively safely, but during testing we found that it didn't work very well. We're not sure how RedStorm checks for stability in just 2 seconds but obviously it doesn't work since we were not able to reach anywhere close to the FSB stated.

On that note, our overclocking adventures weren't very successful... Using an unlocked AthlonXP 2100+, we were only able to push the FSB to 143 MHz! Since the CPU is unlocked and the RAM being used is KingMAX DDR333, the only limiting factor could be the board.

It's not really that big a deal since Soltek is not targeting the overclocker with this board, but rather the average user.

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Contents of Article: Soltek SL-75DRV5
 Pg 1.  Soltek SL-75DRV5 KT333CE Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  CPU Thermal protection and Socket Clearances
 Pg 3.  — The BIOS
 Pg 4.  Test System Specs and Benchmarks
 Pg 5.  Sandra, PCMark 2002, 3Dmark , RTCW Benchmarks

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