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Soltek 75KV2 KT133 Motherboard Review

Soltek 75KV2 KT133 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The fruits brought forth from AMD's newest line of processors, namely the Duron and the "Thunderbird", not only delivered excellent performance at a very low price, but also boasted of a tremendous potential for overclocking.
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External Mfg. Website: Soltek Dec 02 2000   P. Masrani  
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Quake 3



For this benchmark, we used the High Quality setting under Quake3 with the default resolution of 800x600 and other options left at default.

Memory Bandwidth

The following scores were taken from benchmarks performed with SiSoft Sandra 2000's Memory Benchmark option.

There isn't any surprise here. The 75KV2 X performs as good as the 75KV and ranks in the performance scales remain similar. This is certainly what we expect considering similar design (and similar Northbridge). What we are still very impressed about is that that it comes in very close to performance levels of the Asus A7V.

Audio Quality

For those motherboards equipped with an AC97 Audio CODEC, I normally refrain from commenting about its audio quality as it is taken for granted that AC97 are for those not too serious about sound quality. In fact, with Soltek's SL 67KV, I came across some very harsh and noisy audio output. To my surprise, the audio output of the SL 75KV was quite pleasant. At any volume level, the sound was crisp and most importantly it was very clear. So much so that I had even removed my PCI sound card as I was quite satisfied with what the CODEC could do.

However, the problem of "soft audio" is the fact that a good number of CPU cycles are consumed. Hardcore gamers will shun AC97 anyway as they cannot afford the drop in frame rates.

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Contents of Article: Soltek 75KV2
 Pg 1.  Soltek 75KV2 KT133 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  First Impressions
 Pg 3.  — Quake 3
 Pg 4.  Overclocking & Stability

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