Athlon KX133 Motherboard Roundup - A Nail-Biting Affair

Soltek SL77-KVB

Newcomer: The Soltek SL-77KV is a solid board with minor flaws. Downside: The power supply connector is much too close to the CPU slot, and the labels for the connectors could be better. Positive: The controller is equipped with large heat sinks.

This manufacturer has no reason to hide behind the established candidates: The very functional packaging with a large window optically differentiates itself from most test participants. The shipment contains IDE cables (also Ultra-DMA/66), temperature sensors and a CD-ROM with Norton Antivirus and Ghost. Because we had an early test version there was no handbook available yet. Current information can be found on Soltek's Website. The CPU core voltage is adjustable in small (sensible) steps; the maximum increase is 0.4 Volts. This (safety) function almost completely prevents a fast destruction of the chip.