I usually have great respect for the information provided on Toms Hardware and as such I have a tendency to purchase items that you recommend (your articles do influence people). As a result of your recent article (Mega Test: 13 Boards with KT266A and nForce 420D) I purchased the Soltek SL-75DRV2 motherboard. First, anyone in the US wanting to purchase this motherboard is going to have a hard time. It took me a while to find a vender that sold this motherboard and even then it was one outside the United States (Canada). It was a BIG disappointment! The article states "The Soltek is an ideal pick for any hardcore overclocker." Well, the board only lets you change the multiplier VIA JUMPERS! What is this crap? Anyone who "tinkers/overclocks" doesn't want to have to open the case every time you want to change something. The "RED STORM" overclocking option was useless. EVERY time I ran it to have it find the best overclocking setting it locked up the system. And I do mean LOCK UP! The ONLY way I could re-enter my system was to reset the bios via jumpers! So, I gave up on the "Red Storm" thing and decided to set the FSB to a very conservative 140mHz. The system rebooted into Windows XP Pro; however, it was unstable and I got the "blue screen". Upon setting the FSB back to 133 everything worked fine again. Prior to the Soltek SL-75DRV2 motherboard I had a Biostar AMD760 motherboard in my system (with all the same components in it) and was easily able to overclock the FSB to 140 with no stability issues. Also, anyone who has a Swiftech MC462 cooler- guess what!?!?! You cannot use it with the Soltek (and this is an overclockers motherboard?!?!?). There is a BIG FAT resister that sits very close to the socket that prevents the installation. You are able to get it to fit if you cut one of the corners of the cooler (which I DID so I could give this motherboard a chance- big MISTAKE) The moral of this story is: If you are REMOTELY "on the fence" between the Epox 8KHA+ or the Soltek SL-75DRV2, do yourself a favor and buy the Epox. I am RMAing the Soltek and purchasing the Epox!!!!!
Well, I don't seem to share <b>any</b> of your problems. It works great for me & is very stable.
I don't use the same cooler as you though, so I can't comment on that, but am aware of heatsink size restraints due to the layout around the cpu socket. As for the Epox board, yes it's a great board too.
As a side note, a tech at one of the local pc shops said they are sticking only with Soltek, Epox, & Abit for the KT66a systems they build, because 8/10 Asus A7V266-E based systems they have built have ended up being a RMA.
If you loan a friend $20 & never see them again, it was worth it.
i like that phrase....
"pile of WANK"
i think i am going to use that...you dont mind do you?
oh yeah, and motherboards requiring physical modifications to work with the xp are classified as NOT SUPPORTING THE XP......
soltek should do the right thing, and just sell their "MODDED" version the first time, assuming that all buyers will want to put an xp on it.
and if it has bad stability, then it is either the physical incapability of handling the timings of the xp, or the board itself.
kinda sucks for those of you who bought it, and dont want to either mod it themselves, or have to send it back to the manufacturer to be MODDED!!?!?!?!?!?!
wtf is up with that?
my friend gets 7918 on his geforce2 ti, on an athlonxp 1600+, on an ecs k7s5a with the bus set to 133...
hmm...need to test my comp again...forgot what i got.
-Live, Learn, then build your own computer!-
December 13, 2001 3:23:23 AM
I was using an AMD 1900+. The bios on the board was already updated to the latest bios version. I read some people above stating they might buy this motherboard?!?! Well, just make sure the vender you use has a nice RMA policy Can you tell how much I REALLY hate this board??
Here is a link to an article/review that was done on this motherboard (they too had stability issues, but they were able to FINALLY resolve them with some funky memory tweaks): http://www.lostcircuits.com/motherboard/sl_75drv2/
Oh, one final note... I did the Toms Hardware article: "Plastic Surgery: Releasing The Athlon XP To Hit 2000" When I was using the Soltek MB I keep thinking I did something wrong (didn't make a connection on the CPU or didn't use a conductive enough silver product etc) because when I set the multiplier to 12.5 (and also increase the voltage by .1 - per the THG instructions) the Soltek MB wouldn't even start- just blank screen.... Well, I AM VERY HAPPY to say, I "DIDN'T DO A DAMN THING WRONG" and the THG instructions DO work... My AMD 1900+ is unlocked and is WORKING in my EPOX motherboard as a NEW and improved 2000+ chip ... For SOME strange reason the unlocked chip wouldn't work in the Soltek motherboard- but would work only at the default multiplier settings!?!?!? Just my opinion, but damn, how many more reasons do you need.... "THIS BOARD SUX"
December 13, 2001 9:55:36 AM
I have A Soltek SL-75DRV2 board.
I have also got the info to spot the MOBO that don't support XP's, the MOBO needs a red dot on the bar code label on the PCI slot inordre to work with the XP's. All boards with a red dot has been modified. (Info from the Soltek support).
I am not an overclocker, but it seems to work for me, I had no problems RMA the first MOBO, I got a replacement 2 days after, no problem.
December 14, 2001 12:45:41 PM
Just checked (sending the board back today)- mine had a red dot just where you said it would be! But, unfortunately, that didn't help... It still wasn't stable with my AMD 1900+ Why would it be stable with a 1600, but not a 1900... Weird..