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.
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
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.
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.
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