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Massive 10 Motherboard i845E/G Roundup

Massive 10 Motherboard i845E/G Roundup - PCSTATS
Abstract: Traditionally, Intel chipsets have always been the fastest and most stable for Intel processors; just consider the venerable i440BX, i815E or even the i850E.
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External Mfg. Website: Various Oct 23 2002   Colin Sun  
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Soltek SL-85DR2

Soltek SL-85DR2


Approx Price: $140 CDN ($80 US)
MFG Link: Soltek SL-85DR2
Processor Intel Pentium4
Northbridge Intel i845E
Southbridge Intel ICH4
Supported FSB 100/133 MHz
Form Factor ATX
DIMM Slots Two PC1600/2100
Max Memory 2 GB
Integrated Video No
Shared Video Memory N/A
IDE 2 Ultra/100
AGP 4x AGP, 1.5V Lock
PCI 6 32bit PCI's
ISA None
CNR/AMR/ACR None
LAN None
Audio Realtek ALC650 5.1
USB 10 USB 2.0
Power Supply Pentium 4
Misc 2 Serial, 1 Parallel

Soltek's SL-85DR2 is probably the best looking motherboard of the bunch as it uses TripleX's silver PCB to wrangle in EMI, and supposedly help the components to run cooler then on other boards. Whether that's true or not I don't know, but it does look pretty awesome. Based on the i845E chipset, the SL-85DR2 is a no frills motherboard that performed as we expected it to.

When I said the board is "no frills" that's exactly what I meant. The only on board feature the motherboard has is 5.1 audio (software codec)! Soltek knows that not everyone needs all the extra stuff that comes with motherboards these days, if you want IDE RAID or LAN Soltek does have models of the SL-85DR2 that have those options as well. Still, if you find yourself needing to upgrade the motherboard with six PCI slots it's not hard. Like most, Abit motherboards the Soltek uses a small sized PCB.

Soltek use a modified version of the Award BIOS system that looks a lot better, and is a bit more organized then earlier versions. Soltek have their "RedStorm Overclocking Tech" option in the BIOS, but during testing we found it didn't work very well.

In terms of overclocking, CPU Vcore goes up to 1.85V and FSB goes from 100-200 MHz. It was a bit annoying not being able to enter the FSB we want, but instead having to scroll through the entire list... There are also memory and AGP voltage adjustments, but they require a bit of jumper movement which can be a hassle when the board is installed already in a case.

I didn't particularly like the arrangement of the power connectors because the main ATX and P4 power connectors are positioned too close together so it's difficult to plug one in if the other slot is occupied. If you're in the market for an inexpensive Pentium 4 motherboard, the Soltek SL-85DR2 is a good option. It quite speedy and it just looks so darn good!

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Contents of Article: Various
 Pg 1.  Massive 10 Motherboard i845E/G Roundup
 Pg 2.  The i845E, i845G and the new ICH4
 Pg 3.  Epox 4BEAV
 Pg 4.  Iwill P4GS
 Pg 5.  Epox 4G4A+
 Pg 6.  Albatron PX845EPro
 Pg 7.  Abit BD7II-RAID
 Pg 8.  Abit BG7
 Pg 9.  Iwill P4ES
 Pg 10.  Abit IT7-MAX
 Pg 11.  — Soltek SL-85DR2
 Pg 12.  ECS L4IBAE
 Pg 13.  Benchmarks: Bapco Sysmark 2002
 Pg 14.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2001
 Pg 15.  Benchmarks: Winbench 99
 Pg 16.  Benchmarks: Sisoft Sandra 2002
 Pg 17.  Benchmarks: PCMark 2002
 Pg 18.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 19.  Benchmarks: QIII Arena
 Pg 20.  Best Value / Overclocking Motherboards
 Pg 21.  Best Overall Motherboard

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