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Overclocking

I had identical overclocking experience with the ERV that I did with the earlier SL-75DRV2. I reached 155 MHz FSB with the Athlon XP 1800+ which features a 133 MHz FSB. What made it more enjoyable with the ERV was that I did it all from BIOS and there was no need to mess with onboard jumpers. Hurrah - let's hope that those jumpers don't reappear on any future Soltek motherboards. Included in the box is a thermistor to attach to your CPU for more accurate CPU monitoring.

Software

Nothing has changed in the software dept. - which is not to say that this is bad. Here's a clip straight from the original review of the SL75DRV and which was previously reprinted in the SL-75DRV2 review: "Motherboard manufacturers are learning that their products have to do more than perform - they have to be useful. Thats where a good software bundle comes in. Included on the driver disk for the motherboard is ITE Smart Guardian which is a program that monitors your CPU and mainboard temps as well as the voltages for several components on the motherboard. It even monitors fan speeds for fans that are hooked up to the motherboard."

"Soltek includes a second CD which is packed with the full versions of PC-cillin 2000, Virtual Drive, Drive Image 4.0, and Partition Magic 6.0. That is a very impressive software bundle as it not only includes the now almost mandatory anti-virus program but also has a HD partitioner and copier." Nothing new to add to that great bundle so no new comments.

Conclusions

The SL-75ERV is a significant improvement over the earlier SL-75DRV2 which also featured the KT266A chipset. The improved layouts goes miles to show that Soltek is listening to reviews such as this and to the customers. The addition of the sixth PCI slot and the addition of ATA133 support are worthy additions to the boards that have preceded it.

The board has been very stable thoughout testing and offers many of the improvements we've been asking Soltek from Soltek for months. The only things I would change would be to move the fan power point that is currently by the ATX connector closer to the CPU socket and to remove the now vestigial jumpers from the motherboard. I also noticed that the board had placements for additional IDE connectors and I think that would be very a worthy addition to this interesting board.

Victor Oshiro April 21, 2002

 





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