Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 Motherboard Review
talking to a friend recently about my experiences with Athlon64/SLI systems and he shot back that there's no way he'd
jump on the SLI bandwagon. He said that as a gamer on a budget, SLI simply
costs too much for him, and doesn't boost framerates enough past the top of the line cards
to warrant the higher sticker price.
me thinking; SLI is great for benchmarks and for showing off, but
it really isn't necessary
since a single GeForce 6800 Ultra or Radeon X850XT PE is
more than enough for modern games. Considering that SLI
motherboards currently sell for a premium over regular PCI Express boards, and that two
high-end videocards retail for more than a complete mid-range PC, his point
is really backed up by the sheer economics of it all. What do you
fiscal matters in mind, PCStats will be testing out a mainstream Athlon64
(socket 939) motherboard based on the VIA K8T890 chipset, with support for just
one PCI Express x16 videocard. If that sounds enticing, bear in mind that the Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 motherboard retails for just $157 CDN ($127 US). That's about
$75-100 less than the average SLI board, but still includes a lot of PCI Express goodness!
Driver CD, Utilities CD, Quick Installation
Guide, Users Manual, Utilities Manual, Two Ultra/133 IDE
Cables, One Rounded Ultra/133 IDE Cable, Floppy Cable, Four
Serial ATA Cables, Two Molex Y Serial ATA Splitter Cables,
RAID Driver Diskette, Rear I/O Shield, USB
motherboard supports Socket 939 AMD Athlon64/FX processors,
and can be packed with up to 4GB of PC3200 DDR RAM. The board supports a
single PCI Express x16 videocard as well as three PCI Express x1 devices.
Lastly there are two 32-bit PCI slots for your future upgrading needs.
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
to the ones already supported by the VIA K8T890 chipset. A Port 80 Diagnostic
display is featured on this motherboard, providing quick analysis of boot-up problems.
So many companies are slowly phasing out the old legacy
ports on the newest motherboards. Pretty soon, jacks like the parallel and serial ports will have gone
the way of VESA cards. To us this is a
great change since both ports have outlived their usefulness in most desktop environments anyway(okay perhaps not
the serial port...).
Buyers should be aware of the lack of a parallel
port on this motherboard, however. Soltek does keep one serial port on the
back should users ever need manage something like a network switch, RPC, or whatnot.
If you do require a parallel port, Soltek has
placed a header at the bottom of the motherboard just under the last PCI slot. No
bracket is included.
In place of the absent legacy
ports are a set of SPDIF in/out optical jacks.