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Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 Motherboard Review

Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The new Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 motherboard is based on the VIA K8T800 Pro chipset, and with a sticker price of $135CDN is quite a steal next to the competition.
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External Mfg. Website: Soltek Nov 28 2004   Colin Sun  
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Board details and Printer issues

The Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 comes with a fan header just above the AGP slot next to the Northbridge, so if you are using a 3rd party cooler it is easy to plug it in without resorting to messy extension cables. So for example, you could replace either the videocard cooler or Northbridge heatsink with something a bit more extreme, and power is right there.

The other auxiliary fan header is near the bottom right hand corner of the board, which is the typical location of the case intake fan. Of course the third and final header is dedicated for processor cooling, and is near the CPU socket. The 'Clear CMOS' jumper is also placed in an easily identifiable location at the bottom of the motherboard where it can be access when the board is installed in the case.

The audio ports on the rear I/O are unfortunately not the auto sensing type, so you'll need to plug the proper jack in its spot. That's not hard to do though considering everything is colour coordinated. Those audio enthusiasts out there will be very pleased that Soltek decided to equip the board with both SPDIF In and Out ports on the back of the SL-K8TPro-939 motherboard.

There's not really much to complain about with this motherboard aside from poorly labelled front panel I/O connectors. As it is, they're difficult to decipher and you'll most likely have to connect things more than once to figure things out.

It would have been nice if Soltek threw in the second USB header bracket, the IEEE 1394 bracket, and the LPT1 printer bracket. This would have saved end-users the time and trouble of hunting them down as they are not included to take advantage of the headers available. As it is, you will not be able to use an old printer with this motherboard without first hunting down an LPT1 header, and hopefully having a motherboard with space for it to be mounted. We also would have liked it if Soltek had included three rounded IDE cables instead of just one.

Overclocking Tests

We haven't had much luck overclocking VIA K8T800 Pro based motherboards in the last little while, and I was hoping for a bit more success with the Soltek SL-K8TPro-939. The first thing we did was lower the multiplier to 8x so that the Athlon64 4000+ processor clock speed would not limit our maximum motherboard overclock tests.

At 217 MHz, the motherboard exhibited some stability problems and we had to raise the memory voltage to 2.8V. Instability next showed up on the board at 224MHz and we had to increase the chipset voltage to 2.7V to resolve that.

In the end the SL-K8TPro-939 was able to reach a maximum motherboard clock speed of 233 MHz. This is pretty good for a VIA K8T800 Pro based motherboard. Our previous overclocking attempts with this chipset only reached 220 MHz, so the performance of the Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 was a nice surprise.

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Contents of Article: Soltek SL-K8TPro-939
 Pg 1.  Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — Board details and Printer issues
 Pg 3.  BIOS Shots
 Pg 4.  System Specs and Benchmarks
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, Super Pi
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, AquaMark03
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 11.  Maximum Motherboard Overclock and Conclusion

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