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Soltek SL-85DR2 i845E Motherboard Review

Soltek SL-85DR2 i845E Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The SL-85DR2 is based on the Intel i845E chipset and has support for any Pentium 4 on the Socket m478 form factor (400MHz and 533MHz FSB).
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External Mfg. Website: Soltek Jul 19 2002   Colin Sun  
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Chipset Cooling / BIOS

Soltek cools the i845E chipset with a neat looking silver colour heatsink. It's a little on the small side but since the i845E doesn't generate a lot of heat it's not a big deal anyway. We loved how Soltek put that piece of plastic on the chipset heatsink retention mech, it makes removing it much easier. Other little things that Soltek does is, they reenforced the back of the CPU socket with a plastic back plane pcb support, this stops the motherboard from warping when the heatsink is locked down.

BIOS:

Soltek uses a modified version of the Award BIOS for their SL-85DR2. It's very straight forward and has all the regular tweaks we've become accustomed to like CAS latency settings and Memory speed timings.

All the memory tweaks you would ever want are here. CAS Latency, Memory frequency, RAS Precharge time. Intel based boards though have never had many AGP tweaks like VIA based ones.

Here we can adjust the FSB 1 MHz at a time from 100-200 MHz. We wish Soltek allowed for you to just type the FSB rather then only being able to scroll. Since our 1.6A does about 160 MHz FSB it can take a while to scroll down to 160.

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Contents of Article: Soltek SL-85DR2
 Pg 1.  Soltek SL-85DR2 i845E Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — Chipset Cooling / BIOS
 Pg 3.  Overclocking and Benchmarks
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2001, Winbench 99
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Sandra 2002
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: PCMark 2002, 3DMark 2001
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: QIII Arena

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