some discussion for and against removing overclocking benchmarks entirely from
PCstats reviews, we have decided to change how we do things, but still include
them. From now on, PCstats reviews will simply list the maximum overclocked
speed a motherboard is able to achieve rather than providing an overclocked
score for each and every benchmark.
overclocking can be a very subjective skill, it just makes more sense to keep
our benchmarks focused on the stock performance of system components. Plus, by
listing the maximum overclocked speeds of various motherboards here, you'll have
a better idea of which manufacturer produces the best goods for enthusiasts!
nForce3 Ultra motherboards keep the AMD Athlon 64 overclocking crown, the Soltek
SL-K8TPro-939 overclocked very well for a VIA K8T800 Pro motherboard, and easily
carried off the 'best of the rest' title.
A very well rounded motherboard!
I'm sure quite a few of you will be receiving
computer-related gifts this holiday season and you couldn't have picked a better
time. Both Intel and AMD have finished their transitions to new technology, and
the future is bright. Initial sales of Socket 939 processors and components were
sluggish. Not surprising considering that the Athlon64 3500+ retailed for $500
when it was released. Now that more affordable chips are available, processors
and components are flying off the shelf.
Soltek has put together a
very well rounded motherboard with its ST-K8TPro-939. It's fast and it sports a
ton of integrated features as well. Onboard components include IEEE 1394,
Gigabit LAN, an additional Promise IDE/SATA RAID controller, a 7.1 audio codec
and my personal favorite, the Port 80 diagnostics card. If you find you're
missing something, expansion is made easy thanks to the five available 32 bit
Soltek could have things even better if it had bundled in three rounded
Ultra/133 IDE cables instead of just one. It would have also been useful for the
LPT1 printer port-less motherboard to include the necessary USB/IEEE 1394/LPT1
headers to take advantage of the motherboard's integrated features.
Ultimately, the performance of the SL-K8TPro-939
motherboard was outstanding, and it scored consistent firsts or seconds in most
of the benchmarks we threw at it. Hard disk performance was low according to
Winbench 99, but it sure didn't feel like it when we were testing. On several
occasions, this Soltek motherboard was able to beat the extremely quick Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 nForce4 Ultra motherboard, and even
MSI's venerable K8N Neo2 Platinum. Both are among the
fastest Athlon64 motherboards on the market right now, and both come highly
retail price of just $135 CDN ($114 US) the Soltek
SL-K8TPro-939 offers end users value that's tough to beat. If you're looking for
a new Socket 939 motherboard make sure you check out the SL-K8TPro-939!
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