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Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 Motherboard Review
Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Integrated components include a Gigabit Ethernet adaptor, AC'97 audio codec, firewire and a Promise SATA/IDE RAID controller which adds two extra SATA ports and a pair of IDE connectors.
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External Mfg. Website: Soltek Mar 08 2005   C. Sun  
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An Excellent Mainstream Mobo!

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).

The Soltek 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.

The 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.

We were 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 SL-K890Pro-939!

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Contents of Article: Soltek SL-K890Pro-939
 Pg 1.  Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Dual Channel DDR and PCIe
 Pg 3.  The K8T890 Chipset
 Pg 4.  In the BIOS
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: SYSmark 2004
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, Super Pi
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, AquaMark3
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 12.  — An Excellent Mainstream Mobo!

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