Motherboard: Soltek SL-75DRV5 Review (KT333) :: Installation

03-11-2002 · Category: Motherboards

By Niso Levitas

Installation of the motherboard was very easy. The system automatically detected the clock and frequency. You can also play with the settings in the BIOS. There are dip-switches for frequency settings, but you can leave them alone if you are not an OEM customer. Dip-switches are good for those who do not want anybody inexperienced, to overclock their system.

This motherboard is highly overclockable. After updating the Beta BIOS with a release version, I had no problems overclocking it. The chipset was active-cooled, and there were enough mofsets and capacitors to maintain the stability under overclocked situations. It is possible to overclock it by 1 MHz frequency steps. The BIOS allows you to increase the core voltage up to 1.850 V by 0.025V steps. You can increase the AGP Voltage only by jumpers. If they would include this into BIOS it would be better.

When you are installing or maintaining a motherboard inside a case, some problems you cannot see are right in front of your eyes. Like the location of slots, IDE and Floppy Cables, and motherboard power connectors. It is important to maintain airflow inside the case and make maintenance easier. Floppy location was OK, and there were nothing wrong with IDE connector location. Unfortunately IDE connector's orientation was not so good. When you plug the IDE cable, we saw that it was covering DIP switches and some part of the memory slots. Power supply connector, LED headers, and IDE connectors were located in the right places.

When installing the heatsink and fan it is possible to damage the board. The metal clip sometimes hits the board hard no matter how careful you are. The current trend is to use a protective film around the CPU socket to protect the PCB. The protective film on this board was not large enough to protect the traces on the PCB. We used a large heatsink, which clips to all three teeth of the socket. The area under the middle tooth of the socket was covered with film but the space under the other teeth was not. You may choose a fan like this if you prefer to use an efficient heatsink (as we do) since the socket design allows these larger fans. I do not think it would cost too much to use 5cm more film. If you are going to do something, you might as well do it all the way.

For most motherboards it is not possible to install memory modules to the last rows without removing the AGP card, but this board had plenty of space to install all memory modules without messing with AGP card.