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Soltek SL-85DRC

Board Revision: ?

BIOS Version: K1 (December 5, 2001)

This Soltek board has a respectable list of features: 6 PCI slots, 2 DIMM sockets, CNR slot, AGP 4x, AC97 sound system, 3 fan headers and excellent overclocking options.

You can alter the CPU voltage in 0.025 V increments between the range of 1.1 and 1.85 V. Of course, there are several clock speeds between 100 and 133 MHz from which to choose. Soltek also gives you the option to increase the DIMM voltage between 2.5 and 2.8 V.

The layout could have been further optimized, seeing as there is still quite a bit of space left between the DIMM sockets and the northbridge. At the bottom of the board are the two IDE connectors; unfortunately the cables will block some PCI slots, but this should not be too problematic, since there are six in total.

All of the power connectors are in one place, so you can bind them together and keep the system tidy.

Soltek has grown quite a bit and ships the motherboards with many add-ons. Besides a manual and two CDs there was a temperature sensor that can be used to survey any component in range, plus a bunch of software like PC Cillin 2000, Virtual Drive, Partition Magic 6.0 and Drive Image 4.0.