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Soltek SL-02A++ Slocket Adaptor Review

Soltek SL-02A++ Slocket Adaptor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: There have lately been a wave of FC-PGA / PPGA adapters on the market, especially these days due to the recent release of the Intel "Coppermine" CPU.
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External Mfg. Website: Soltek Apr 12 2000   P. Masrani  
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Jumper Settings and Conclusion

Jumper Diagrams

Below are the diagrams included with the adapter. As you can see, there are 32 jumper settings for the CPU voltage alone. Avid overclockers will certainly go wild over this as the fine tuning options for core voltage are more than sufficient. Starting with 1.3V, voltage increments are available in .05V up to a voltage of 2.1V. From there increments are in .1V steps all the way up to the highest setting of 3.5V. For those of you who want to be on the safe side, stick to the AUTO jumper setting where the pins 1 and 2 of jumpers JP2-JP6 are shorted.

Soltek SL-02A++ voltage settings



Here is the other diagram for the rest of the jumper settings which determines the CPU type, FSB frequency to be detected and a single/dual processing jumper. Everything below should be pretty self explanatory.


Soltek SL-02A++ voltage settings



Conclusion

An important warning is given on the box (in fine print) which says, "..This adapter is 1.4cm higher than regular Slot 1 processors when installed on the mainboard...". So in short, just make sure that you have enough head room between the top of the adapter and the SMPS so that you do not have any problems during installation. I certainly did not have problems installing it in my ATX cabinet.

The Soltek SL-02A++ did not exhibit any performance hindrance. To test this I used a Celeron 400 PPGA CPU on a "Dual-Interface"
Azza PT-810DMC Motherboard and ran the usual Ziff-Davis Winstone set of benchmarks. One set of benchmarks was run when the CPU was in its native Socket 370 interface. Another set was run when the CPU was resident in the Slot 1 interface via the SL-02A++ adapter.

The same tests were done on the Celeron 400 CPU overclocked to 500Mhz (83Mhz X 6). There were quite a bit of rumors going around that these adapters degrade performance significantly. I have heard these rumors among computer dealers in India more than anywhere else. I have yet to see this confirmed in this case or in any other review across the net.

I would highly recommend this adapter for those of you who are planning on purchasing the Coppermine CPU and do not want to confine yourselves to an FC-PGA Socket 370-ONLY motherboard. Why would someone want to do that? Well, because I know that there are others out there who like to keep changing their configuration quite often, like myself.

Also, the amount of CPU voltage options that are on this adapter are certainly not available on most motherboards out there. For those of you who want absolute control over voltage fine tuning, you would probably want this adapter anyway. Even when the FC-PGA boards catch on, will they be as flexible as the current generation of Slocket adapters? We shall soon see...

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Contents of Article: Soltek SL-02A
 Pg 1.  Soltek SL-02A++ Slocket Adaptor Review
 Pg 2.  — Jumper Settings and Conclusion

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