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The Layout

Also we find the ATX power connector on the topmost edge of the motherboard. This is the best location for it in my opinion. With the movement of the capacitors above the CPU the CPU socket has been moved down nearly an inch. Is this a bad thing? Not at all as the ATX connector is still in an optimal location and the two sets of jumpers for the CPU are now more conveniently located directly above the memory sockets rather than above the CPU socket as in the SL-75DRV.

Let's take a closer look at the CPU jumpers. The SL-75DRV also featured them albeit in a slightly tougher location. In the SL-75KAV the left jumper of the two selects the external frequency of the CPU. Put simply this is how you would overclock your CPU if you are going to rely on the front side bus to do so. Soltek includes a chart in the manual that also let's you know what your PCI clock will be adjusted to with these changes. Most of you already know this but if you are trying to achieve a huge overclock with only a FSB manipualtion you will probably be very disappointed as that is not the Duron of Athlon's strongpoint.

Here's where things get a little more interesting. The second set of jumpers on the right control the bus ratio select (multiplier). When this set of jumpers is moved away from default you can select the multiplier your CPU will be set at. I'll give an example why this is so useful. I own a Duron 600 CPU that could not be overclocked with more than a 108 FSB - that ranslated to less than 650 MHz of speed and some stability issues that were related to the PCI components. With the same CPU I was able to reset the FSB to the stock 100/200 MHz and then overclock the same CPU with a multiplier of 8.5x and get 850 MHz out of it. To do this you simply have to connect the L1 bridges with a pencil. There is info all over the web to do this so I'm not explaining a secret operation. What is even better about Soltek's implementation of this technology is that they have included an LED to the right of the multiplier jumpers that lets you know that you have a CPU that the multiplier can have manipulated. On a couple of occasions I've had to repeat my pencil connect trick because I wasn't making good contact. If you've already decided to overclock your CPU with the pencil trick then seeing the LED will let you know that you are halfway to a successful overclocking experience.


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