Soltek SL-75DRV4

..:: Introduction ::..

Until recently, Soltek has been a relatively unknown motherboard manufacturer in the United States, but the introduction of their DRV series based on VIA's KT266A chipset has catapulted Soltek to the forefront of the cost conscious enthusiast market by chipping away at market-shares once owned by pricey manufacturers such as ASUS, Abit, MSI, and the like. This fact alone is reason enough for most techies to give Soltek another look. Rather than spending their days scouring the market for the best cost / performance boards, they can have faith that Soltek will be there to fill the gap. In this review we'll be getting down to the nitty gritty with Soltek's SL-75DRV4, "Purple Ray." Let's kick things off by taking a look at this "Plum Crazy Purple" board's official specifications.

..:: Specifications ::..

Processor

  • AMD Socket-462 Athlon XP / Athlon / Duron processor

Chipset

  • VIA® KT266A (VT8366A + VT8233A) Chipset

Memory

  • 3 x 184-pin DDR DIMM
  • Supports 6 banks up to 3GB DRAMs for Unbuffered DDR SDRAM Module
  • PC2100/PC1600 compliant

Cache Memory

  • Built-in to AMD Athlon™ XP, Athlon™ and Duron™ Processor Module

Onboard EIDE

  • 2 x PCI Bus Master UATA 133/100/66 IDE ports (up to 4 ATAPI Devices)
  • Supports for PIO Mode 3, 4, UATA 133/100/66 IDE & ATAPI CD-ROM

Integrated Super I/O

  • 1 x Floppy Port (supports 360K, 720K, 1.2M, 1.44M and 2.88Mbytes)
  • 2 x serial ports (high-speed 16550A FIFO UART Ports)
  • 1 x Parallel Port with EEP/ECP/SPP Capabilities
  • 1 x PS/2 Mouse, 1 x PS/2 Keyboard connectors
  • 4 x USB Ports (two via optional cable)
  • 1 x Audio/Game Port

Expansion Slots

  • 1 x AGP Pro/4X Slot
  • 5 x 32-bit PCI Bus Master Slots
  • 1 x CNR (Communication and Networking Riser)

Form Factor

  • ATX Form Factor
  • 9.6" x 12.0" (24.5cm x 30.5cm)

BIOS

  • AWARD Plug-and-Play BIOS
  • Supports Advanced Power Management Function
  • Flash Memory for easy upgrade

Other Features

  • Multiplier Setting
  • RedStorm Overclocking
  • BIOS FSB Setting
  • Ultra ATA 66/100/133
  • BIOS Vcore setting
  • AC'97 Audio Function
  • AGP Voltage Setting
  • DIMM Voltage Setting
  • SCR (Smart Card Reader) Interface
  • H/W Monitor
  • SmartDoc. Anti-burning Shield