As the CPU used in this review
was a Celeron 400, there isn't much one can do in terms of overclocking the CPU.
As it is the multiplier, which is locked on all Intel processors now,
is quite high on the Celeron 400 (6x). So running it at default
rate of 400Mhz would be at a 66Mhz front side bus speed. I was able
to go all the way up to an 83Mhz FSB speed which results in
a 500Mhz overclock. At this speed, the system was very stable.
At a 100Mhz bus speed, I was able to get my
Celeron 333 to POST which says a lot about the board since I could never do this
previously with any other motherboard. Of course, after POSTing, it would hang.
I would certainly put the blame on the CPU rather than the motherboard. Perhaps
things would be different if I would have used a third party heatsink/fan combo.
In addition, it would be correct to say that this board would go far in terms of
overclocking a Coppermine CPU when used with a slocket adapter such as the
reviewed here on PCstats.
stability tests, the board performed beautifully under conditions where the CPU
was clocked enough to at least boot up under Windows. Beyond that, the CPU just
couldn't handle it. As we know, under a front side bus speed of 100MHz, the PCI
bus will operate at 1/3 the FSB (or 33MHz) and the AGP would run at 2/3 the
front side bus speed (or 66MHz). So then what happens when your FSB is at
Your AGP you be running at nearly
89MHz! No AGP card in the market (with a few individual exceptions) can run
stable at 89MHz. So to solve this problem the Apollo Pro 133A adds support for a
1/2 divider ratio so that your AGP can run smoothly at 66MHz. And as this
chipset is PCI 2.2 compliant, it adds support for a 1/4 PCI divider ratio so you
can still run your existing PCI devices at the standard rated 33MHz. Though the
BIOS does not support the feature of manually setting these ratios, all this is
done automatically. However, it would have been nice to see this
It appears that many mainboard manufacturers are forgetting
that more and more novice assemblers are getting into the act of building their
own machines. Right now, I can think of a number of people who are deciding not
to purchase assembled machine just for the sake of learning something new.
Frankly, I admire these people and I would really like to see
companies giving a helping hand to these folk who shell out their hard earned
cash. The 67KV did not come with any instructions on how to physically install
the board nor with any troubleshooting guides. And the manual just simply
pointed out DIP switch settings as well as "which-jumper-is-which" explanations.
However, a more detailed version of the manual is available on the CD itself.
Still, beginner guides certainly would have made these type of products
with the motherboard is a copy of Norton Ghost and Norton Antivirus.
These are 2 extremely useful utilities which Soltek has wisely decided to include with the
motherboard. It looks as if Soltek knows what it is doing to
produce a comprehensive quality product. One feature not mentioned earlier is the Power Lost Resume option.
Using this, you can configure your system to boot up or to remain in
the "soft-power" off state after your electricity has returned
from a power outage.
As the ATX on/off switch is made through
motherboard signalling, this feature is pretty much a necessity (especially in
India -- a place where an uninterrupted supply of electricity is a luxury in
most places). Though a feature or two such as support for AGP Fast Writes and
AGP Divider option is not present, I would highly recommend this board to anyone
who is looking for a high-performance, highly-expandable motherboard. Before I
forget, this board is DOS/V Power Report Recommended.