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Soltek SL-75DRV2 SocketA DDR Motherboard

Sometimes a good thing can get better. In the case of the original Soltek SL-75DRV that I reviewed this was the very situation. Shortly after my review went live word came out that Soltek was releasing a new version of the board with the new KT266A chipset. The new chipset offers compatibility with AMD's current XP CPUs and offers improvements over the original KT266 chipset that caused reliability issues. Misr Corp was kind enough to send us the evaluation unit.

Features
The Board
  • Socket A AMD CPU support
  • DDR SDRAM support
  • VIA KT266A
  • ATA-100 Support
  • 1 AGP, 5 PCI, 1 CNR
  • 3 DDR Dimm slots
  • 3D PCI sound on board
  • 220mm x 305mm
  • Support for up to 6 USB ports

 

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Soltek SL-75DRV2 page Misr Corp Homepage
Approx $109 USD

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First Impressions

I went trolling around Soltek's site looking for a picture of the SL-75DRV2. The pic to the right is actually of the original board. Click on it and you will see a couple of very small details. First, the northbridge is now actively cooled with not only a heatsink but also a fan. That should help alleviate lockups caused by chipset overheating. What was also of great interest to me was that the new board also features AGP voltage adjustments. This may be the ticket to make the SL-75DRV2 even more overclocking friendly than its already impressive predecessor was. Imagine being able to boost your AGP voltage in order to get instant stability within games.

What is probably already obvious is that the SL75DV2 is not a complete redesign but rather an improvement on an already good motherboard. VIA has a history of releasing updates to their chipsets that are more stable and mature and it stands to reason that you don't have to redesign the wheel in order to take advantage of a chipset update.

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