The Next 'BX': 13 Motherboards For Pentium 4 With Intel's 845 Chipset and Socket mPGA478

Soltek SL-85SD+

Board Revision: ?

BIOS Version: 1.1 (Oct 23, 2001)

You can identify this motherboard by its nice red PCB color. It carries six PCI slots, one CNR slot, AGP 4x plus card lock, Promise IDE RAID controller, Creative PCI sound chip, three DIMM sockets and three fan headers.

The Soltek board belongs to the fastest of this test, though the differences are very slight.

The box contains a rather comprehensive manual, plus an additional manual about the bundled software (PC Cillin 2000, Virtual Drive, Partition Magic 6.0 and Drive Image 4.0). In particular, Drive Image and Partition Magic are very useful utilities that make it easy to change partitions and partition sizes (Partition Magic), or to back-up complete drives or partitions (Drive Image). Also, there are two 80-pin IDE cables and a floppy cable, as well as a driver disk for the on-board RAID controller.