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Soltek SL-65D Socket-370 Motherboard

Soltek SL-65D Socket-370 Motherboard - PCSTATS
Abstract: he SL-65D is Soltek's Via Apollo Plus based Socket 370 mainboard. It features 4 PCI, 2 ISA and 1 AGP slot, along with 3 DIMM slots for a maximum memory capacity of 768 MBs.
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External Mfg. Website: Soltek Aug 25 1999   D. Dee  
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Installation

I didn't run into any problems installing the board into an Enlite Mid ATX case, and judging by the boards relatively small PCB size, I don't foresee any problems installing it into any standard ATX case. If you plan on using the on-board sound, don't forget to remove the three round cut outs in the back on your case so the three sound connectors on the board can come through.

The quick installation guide is makes it easy to configure the DIP switches to setup the processor multiplier and bus speed depending on the processor you have. I mentioned earlier that the board features menu driven CPU setup through the BIOS. The BIOS give you the ability to change bus speed based on the DIP switch settings. For example: If the DIP switch is set at 66 Mhz, then the BIOS will give you the ability to select between 75 and 83 Mhz. If the DIP switch is set at 100 Mhz, then the BIOS will give you the ability to select between 112, 124 and 133 Mhz. Unfortunately, the BIOS doesn't give you the ability to change the CPU core voltage. While the partial CPU setup makes overclocking a little more convenient, it's definitely not up to the standards of ABIT's CPU Soft Menu

Overclocking

The overclocked stability of the SL-65D is not that great. Using a Celeron 466 PPGA, I was only able to overclock to 525 Mhz using a 75 Mhz bus speed. Anything higher would result in Windows 98 SE not completing the boot-up process. Plugging the same processor into an ABIT BP6, allowed me to overclock to 581 Mhz. The inability to adjust to CPU core voltage certainly has a lot to do with it, but I believe that, overall, this would not be a good motherboard for overclocking. At least I was able to overclock to 525 Mhz, and believe me, being able to do that becomes a necessity with this motherboard. Why? Check out the next section and all you questions will be answered.

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Contents of Article: Soltek SL-65D
 Pg 1.  Soltek SL-65D Socket-370 Motherboard
 Pg 2.  — Installation
 Pg 3.  A Few Words About The Apollo Plus Chipset

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