discussed the overclocking features of the SL-75 KAV before. While 1 MHz incremental
increases in FSB can yield every bit of performance from a CPU I was quite
impressed by the availability of multiplier adjustments and the LED which
lets you know you've successfully accomplished the connection of the L1 traces
to allow the multiplier to be adjusted. I had similar overclocking success
to the SL-75DRV but as it turned out the limiting factor was my memory as
I only achieved 1242 MHz (138 FSB).
we are happy to see Soltek's impressive software bundle. 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 three motherboard fan connectors.
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.
SL-75KAV is a very reliable motherboard that I think would satisfy the needs
of many users. The peculiar problem of not reaching 1.2 GHz with my Athlon
did not pop up with this motherboard as it has with other KT133A based solutions.
With low memory prices being the norm I think it would be a smarter buy to
look for the SL-75DRV but if you have your heart set on a KT133A based motherboard
you need go no farther than Soltek's SL-75KAV.
Oshiro October 14,2001