Being an extreme performance
enthusiast is a lot more expensive today than it was just a year ago. The cost
of cutting edge hardware is simply too much for most consumers when you factor
in the price of two top of the line SLI videocards and an SLI motherboard.
Things are much easier in the mainstream market and the
Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 is a great starter motherboard for both the enthusiast and
the regular computer user. Based around the VIA K8T890 chipset, the
SL-K890Pro-939 offers users all the PCI Express gaming goodness we'd expect from
a modern motherboard, yet is easy on the wallet with a retail price of about $157 CDN ($127 US).
SL-K890Pro-939 motherboard was very easy to use and is laid out very well. The
labelling job Soltek did with the board is excellent and we were surprised that
they even included a chart showing how to enable/disable the dual channel memory
controller. How can I not mention the Port 80 diagnostics card? I simply love
the thing and wish every motherboard came with one.
performance of the Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 was outstanding in most respects. In
every test we ran the Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 was faster than Albatron's K8X890
Pro II, and kept up with the MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI, which is the fastest
Athlon64 motherboard we've tested to date.
able to hit 263 MHz when overclocking the board, an excellent number for a stock
board. Perhaps Soltek could include some Northbridge voltage
adjustments in future BIOS revisions, I suspect that might just make the
SL-K890Pro-939 even sweeter for overclockers. Now is an excellent time to jump
onboard with an Athlon64, and if you're looking for a well rounded PCI Express
capable motherboard, make sure you look into the Soltek
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