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Soltek SL-85DR2 i845E Motherboard Review

Soltek SL-85DR2 i845E Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The SL-85DR2 is based on the Intel i845E chipset and has support for any Pentium 4 on the Socket m478 form factor (400MHz and 533MHz FSB).
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External Mfg. Website: Soltek Jul 19 2002   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > Soltek SL-85DR2

Overclocking and Benchmarks

Soltek bundles what it calls RedStorm Overclocking Technology with their motherboards.

This is more for novice overclockers, it will keep raising the FSB 1 MHz at a time till the CPU becomes unstable. While this may sound like a good feature, it didn't work very well. Redstorm told us that the highest we could go was 147 MHz FSB which was relatively quite low, after confirming that the system was stable at that speed I decided to try overclocking the old fashion way and up the FSB myself. After tinkering with it for a bit, I found I could hit 158 MHz FSB before I ran into stability problems!

11 MHz FSB is brings quite a big performance difference!

PCStats Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:

Processor:

Intel Pentium 4 1.6A

Clock Speed:

16 x 133 MHz = 2.13 GHz

16 x 158 MHz = 2.53 GHz

Motherboards: Soltek SL-85DR2
Chipset: Intel i845E
Videocard:

Albatron GeForce4 Ti4600

Memory:

256MB Kingston DDR333

Hard Drive: 40 GB Samsung SP4004H HDD
CDROM: NEC 52x CD-ROM
Floppy:

Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive

Heatsink: Retail Intel HSF
PowerSupply: Antec 400W PSU
Software Setup WindowsXP Build 2600
Intel INF 4.00
DetonatorXP 29.42
Benchmarks

SysMark 2002
Business Winstone 2001
Content Creation 2001
SPECviewperf 6.1.2
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2002 Pro
3DMark2001 SE
Quake III Arena

BAPCO Sysmark 2002 Source:MadOnion / BAPco

SysMark2002 is more of an extension of SysMark2001 rather then a whole new benchmark. The applications used during testing have been updated and most importantly for AMD users, the new SysMark2002 uses the Windows Media Encoder 7.1 which supports the AthlonXP's SSE instructions.

BapCo SysMark 2002 Benchmark Results
Internet Content (FSB) Sysmarks Ranking
1. SL-85DR2 - 133 MHz 288
2. SL-85DR2 - 158 MHz 304

Office Productivity (FSB)

1 SL-85DR2 - 133 MHz 165
2. SL-85DR2 - 158 MHz 175

At 133 MHz FSB the system is already damn fast and overclocking doesn't seem to help much.

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Contents of Article: Soltek SL-85DR2
 Pg 1.  Soltek SL-85DR2 i845E Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Chipset Cooling / BIOS
 Pg 3.  — Overclocking and Benchmarks
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2001, Winbench 99
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Sandra 2002
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: PCMark 2002, 3DMark 2001
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: QIII Arena

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