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Soltek 85DR-C (i845D) Mainboard

This Soltek's board had two versions: the one has the BIOS based on the Modular 6.00PG of Award, and the other has the AMI 2.01a based one. We tested the former one which has a rich set of settings and Red Storm Overclocking and SmartDoc Anti-Burn Shield technologies.


  • Package of a standard design;
  • Documentation: a user manual and a software guide in English;
  • Cables: 1 ATA66/100 and 1 FDD;
  • Additional thermistor;
  • 2 CDs including:
    • drivers;
    • PDF manuals for different boards;
    • several system monitoring programs;
    • program for changing a FSB frequency from Windows;
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0;
    • Trend Micro PC-Cillin 2000;
    • Farstone Virtual Drive 6.01;
    • PowerQuest PartitionMagic 6.0;
    • PowerQuest Drive Image 4.0.

The layout is not the best: IDE connectors are behind the PCI slots (which worsens their handling and air circulation), and audio-ins are in front of these slots. Though such overcrowding is on account of the board's dimensions (21 cm wide). If you have old power units which do not comply with the ATX 2.03 standard there are for you two connectors for applying +12 V. On the back side there is a plastic plate meant for massive coolers.

The processor's feed circuits incorporate 9 capacitors of 2200 uF and 4 of 1500 uF.

The following controllers are integrated: an AC'97 codec ALC201A from Avance Logic (it supports SPDIF, but the respective connector is lacking); an I/O controller W83637HF-AW of Winbond (which supports interfaces of readers of smart and flash cards of the Memory Stick and Secure Digital formats).

Non-unsoldered connectors: none.

Brief characteristics of the board: memory slots - 2 DDR SDRAM; expansion slots - AGP/ 6 PCI/ CNR; I/O ports - 2 COM/ LPT/ 2 PS/2/ 4 USB; dimensions - 305x210 mm.

Adjustment can be carried out with:

jumpers and switches Jumper to clear up the CMOS
Jumper to choose an adapter type for flash-cards SD/MS
Switches to change a FSB frequency 100, 103, 105, 111, 130 and 133 MHz
Jumper to choose memory voltage 2.5, 2.6, 2.7 and 2.8V
Jumpers to set voltage of the AGP bus 1.5, 1.6, 1.7 and 1.8V
BIOS based on v6.00PG from Award Setup of memory timings +
  • CAS Latency
  • Active to Precharge Delay
  • RAS to CAS Delay
  • RAS Precharge

Setup of memory frequency + DDR200, DDR266
Setup of AGP bus -
Setup of PCI bus +
Changeable scaler of AGP and PCI buses - For AGP - 2:2, 2:3, 2:4, 2:5, 2:6, 2:7 and 2:8
Manual assignment of interrupts +
Changeable FSB frequency + In 1 MHz steps, 100 - 255 MHz
Changeable CPU multiplier + x8 - x50
Changeable core voltage + 1.1 - 1.85V, 0.025V steps
Changeable memory voltage -
Changeable chipset voltage -
Changeable AGP bus voltage -

A rich set of settings and an excellent speed of the board allow it to take first places in the sales ratings.

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