Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 Motherboard Review :: Setup and Bundle

11-30-2004 · Category: Motherboards

By John Chen

Configuring the test-bench for testing was a breeze. There were no problems whatsoever during installation. There was no need to update the shipped BIOS as the Athlon64 4000+ was detected just fine. Users are encouraged to update the BIOS just to rid of the problems that might occur during installation, but we found that there was no need as everything ran fine and stable.


Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 Motherboard Review
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 Motherboard Review

The bundle included is decently rich. There are plenty of cables for all your hardware needs. There are 3 ATA133 IDE cables, 1 of which is rounded, 1 floppy cable, 3 SATA cables, and 2 Molex to SATA power connectors. The Molex to SATA power connectors split off to power a total of 4 SATA drives. The strange thing is that with 4 SATA ports, there are only 3 SATA cables included.

I guess youíll just have to find the fourth one elsewhere. The inclusion of a single rounded cable is also strange. I consider it half-butt work. Soltek should just bundle all the cables as rounded or leave it all as flat ribbons. Either spend a little more or just donít spend at all. My opinion applies to all the motherboard companies and not just Soltek alone. There is also a bracket to supply two additional USB ports. The Soltek SL-K8T939-Pro definitely provides an abundant amount of USB ports.


Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 Motherboard Review
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 Motherboard Review

The included software bundle is pretty good, although Iíll never get around using it. There are full versions of PC-Cillan 2004, Virtual Drive 7, RestoreIT Lite, Partition Magic 6.0 SE, and Drive Image 4.0. Programs like Partition Magic and Drive Image can come in handy at certain points during your computer usage. The driver CD provides drivers for the VIA motherboard chipset as well as the Gigabit LAN, onboard sound, and RAID.