12 Socket 370 Motherboards using VIA's Apollo Pro 133A

Soltek SL-65KV

Board Revision: 1.0

BIOS Version: F4 (April 17, 2000)

Soltek's motherboard comes with stickers on both the North and the South Bridge. The designers did really good work; everything is where you would expect it. CPU setup is done via jumpers and DIPswitches. Afterwards, you may raise the FSB speed some more in the BIOS if you want. Up to 150 MHz can be set, which did not cause problems during a quick test.

The board comes with two fan headers, AC97 sound, AMR, AGP 4x, UltraDMA/66, five PCI slots, one ISA slot, Wake up features and a connector panel for two additional USB ports. Once again you it's your business to get a proper adapter cable to use them.

All connectors have been labeled adequately. Some of you may still remember my Slot-1 motherboard review. I tested the Soltek SL-67KV back then with a manual, that included data of all Soltek motherboards. As you can imagine, the same manual is included in the package of the SL-65KV as well. I can only repeat that all basic information is provided, while I missed detailed instructions again. The package also contains Norton Ghost and Norton Anti Virus as well as the common driver CD.

This time, the Soltek motherboard is an average performer with good features and perfect stability. Good work, but I'd still like to see something special (excellent performance, innovative features or add-ons) before recommending a motherboard.