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Soltek SL-K8AN-RL nForce3 150 Motherboard Review

Soltek SL-K8AN-RL nForce3 150 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Soltek have arguably produced the least expensive Athlon64 motherboard on the market with their SL-K8AN-RL.
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External Mfg. Website: Soltek Dec 07 2003   Colin Sun  
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Is the SL-K8AN-RL a speed demon?

The SL-K8AN-RL offers mainstream and budget users a good solution for adopting the Athlon64. Enthusiasts will probably find the core capability of the Soltek SL-K8AN-RL lacking for their needs, but then again it is not really being targeted towards the overclocking crowd. Anyway knowing all of that, we still decided to see how high we could push the little board.

Slowly we started to raise the clock speed of the SL-K8AN-RL motherboard from 200 MHz. At 206 MHz we ran into some problems that required us to raise the memory voltage to 2.8V. After that was done everything was pretty much smooth sailing all the way up to 216 MHz.... but after that we had to raise the processor voltage to 1.55V.

In the end after a bit of coaxing the maximum speed we could run the motherboard was 219 MHz which is not too bad all things considered.

PCStats Test System Specs:

AMD Athlon64 3200+

Clock Speed: 10 x 200 MHz = 2 GHz
10 x 219 MHz = 2.19 GHz

MSI K8T Neo VIA K8T800
Albatron K8X800 Pro II VIA K8T800
Soltek SL-K8AN-RL VIA nForce3 150


ATi Radeon 9800 Pro


2x 256MB Corsair TwinX3200LL

Hard Drive: 40GB Western Digital Special Ed.
PowerSupply: Vantec 470W Stealth PSU
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
VIA 4in1 4.49
Catalyst 3.7

Workstation Benchmarks

Business Winstone 2002
Content Creation 2002
Winbench 99
SiSoft Sandra 2004
Quake III Arena

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Contents of Article: Soltek SL-K8AN-RL
 Pg 1.  Soltek SL-K8AN-RL nForce3 150 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  More Soltek Loving..
 Pg 3.  The BIOS and Overclocking
 Pg 4.  — Is the SL-K8AN-RL a speed demon?
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Sysmark 2002, Winstone 2002
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Winbench99, SiSoft Sandra 2004
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, 3DMark2001
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Quake III Arena, UT2003
 Pg 9.  Affordable and fast; a great combination!

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