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Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 Motherboard Review

Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The new Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 motherboard is based on the VIA K8T800 Pro chipset, and with a sticker price of $135CDN is quite a steal next to the competition.
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External Mfg. Website: Soltek Nov 28 2004   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat, UT2003

Comanche 4 Source: Novalogic

The Comanche 4 benchmark demo is a unique test as it represents a real-world gaming experience. It contains the single player "Eagle's Talon" mission from the game as well as a detailed cinematic. This DirectX 8.1 benchmark demo will measure your system's performance in the standard frames per second format. The benchmark was run with audio disabled.

Comanche 4 - 640x480
Motherboards FPS Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 79.6
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 78.96
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 79.51
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 80.54
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 78.26
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 79.88

All the motherboards perform within percentage points of each other here, so it's difficult to say which is the best option.

X2: The Threat Source: Egosoft

A completely rewritten 3D engine based on DirectX8 encompasses many visual effects such as volumetric Nebulae (gas clouds) that have a real impact in the game (you can hide in them) and many new engine, shield, weapon and explosion effects. Objects cast real dynamic 3D shadows! Dynamic DP3 bump mapping allows a previously unseen level of detail.

X2 The Threat - 640x480
Motherboards FPS Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 192.69
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 203.556
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 198.56
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 197.482
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 189.189
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 192.078

The Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 does not do quite as well here in X2: The Threat, but framerates are still nice.

Unreal Tournament 2003

Source: Epic

Unreal Tournament 2003 is the sequel to 1999's multiple 'Game of the Year' award winner. It uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology - where graphics, sound and game play are taken beyond the bleeding edge. Unreal Tournament 2003 employs the use of Vertex as well as Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 8 videocard to get the most out of the game.

UT2003 - 640x480
Flyby: FPS Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 352.42
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 343.52
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 346.19
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 357.077
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 342.59
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 353.64
Botmatch FPS Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 111.71
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 108.12
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 109.58
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 112.15
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 107.93
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 111.36

In UT2003 things are pretty close. It's clear that any of these boards, including the Soltek SL-K8TPro-939, will provide a great gaming experience when powered up with a CPU like the AMD Athlon64 4000+ we used for testing.

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Contents of Article: Soltek SL-K8TPro-939
 Pg 1.  Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Board details and Printer issues
 Pg 3.  BIOS Shots
 Pg 4.  System Specs and Benchmarks
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, Super Pi
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, AquaMark03
 Pg 9.  — Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 11.  Maximum Motherboard Overclock and Conclusion

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