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Socket A Is Coming: Test of 10 Boards

Soltek SL-75KV

BIOS-Version: August 5, 2000

Board Revision: Q2

We were surprised when we checked the voltage supply for the Athlon 1000. The BIOS showed 1.89 V (under voltage default) - even though the standard value is 1.75 V.

The frequency steps for the system bus are not very transparent. In principle the PLL can be adjusted in 1 MHz steps. But unfortunately this happens with an addition to a base clock by +/- 28 MHz. Both parameters must be changed separately.

Furthermore there is no reason to run the board at the lower clock of 75 MHz because all of AMD's Socket A CPUs are officially specified with 100 MHz (200 MHz DDR).

Performance and system behavior are satisfactory. The equipment is complete as well because it also offers an AC97 sound system.