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Soltek 75KV KT133 Motherboard Review

Soltek 75KV KT133 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
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Abstract: Plagued by numerous problems in the recent past, Intel now sees itself in a very difficult position. Quite a contrast from the days before the existance of the Athlon. Since the Athlon's conception, AMD has been moving forward at full speed and minimal hindrance many thanks to the vast pool of chipset and motherboard support.
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External Mfg. Website: Soltek Oct 12 2000   P. Masrani  
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Soltek 75KV KT133 Motherboard Review


Plagued by numerous problems in the recent past, Intel now sees itself in a very difficult position. Quite a contrast from the days before the existance of the Athlon. Since the Athlon's conception, AMD has been moving forward at full speed and minimal hindrance many thanks to the vast pool of chipset and motherboard support.

In the past couple of years we have seen chip makers drastically change their processor interfaces and mainboard manufacturers have been forced to quickly adapt to ever changing standards. For them, "changing colours" is a vital part of staying in business. The Socket A (or Socket 462) platform came into existance after AMD introduced their Duron and "Thunderbird" (Socket A type Athlon) were introduced.

Soltek subsequently released their first Socket A entrant into the motherboard market, the Soltek SL 75KV. We have had the pleasure of reviewing 2 of their earlier motherboards in the past (the SL 67KV and SL 77KV) and had found them to be among the best that we have ever seen. Naturally, we wanted to dig deeper into the Soltek product line and see how well their SL 75KV stands up on its own merit. Did we find this board to be as well engineered as their previous generation products? Read on to find out more...

Features and Specifications

Support for Socket A Duron and Athlon CPU's
Based upon the VIA Apollo Pro KT133 chipset
200MHz (DDR) FSB support
Support for AGP 4X and AGP Pro
3 x 168 pin 3.3V DIMM sockets
2 x PCI Bus Master UATA 33/66 IDE ports (up to 4 ATAPI Devices)
5 PCI / 1 ISA / 1 AGP Pro slot(s)
ATX Form Factor (220mm x 305mm)
2 + 2 USB ports
Support for Vcore adjustments in BIOS
Integrated AC97 Audio CODEC
Hardware Monitoring

What's Included

As with previous Soltek samples that we have received, the packaging of the SL 75KV motherboard is of top quality. A sturdy outer box houses a supportive inner layer which provides extra protection during shipping. Included with the motherboard is a wonderful software package that consists of 3 Symantec software titles. These being WinFax, Norton AntiVirus 2000, Norton Ghost and VirtualDrive 5 .

This is certainly the best software bundle I have ever seen included with a motherboard till date, with the previous best being Soltek itself. What's more is that the entire software bundle is documented into a single manual which introduces the respective application and leads the user through installation and usage.

Also included with the SL 75KV are HDD/FDD cables, a thermal sensor, 1 COM port header as well as 2 additional USB headers (for the rear panel) to bring the total number of USB ports to 4. This is certainly a benefit to those who require more than 2 USB ports and do not want to spend any additional money on a USB hub.

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

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