One of the poorest boards on this chipset won't make Soltek more influential on the world market.
Even on the half-emply textolite (it is just a little narrower than the standard board) the layout can't be considered successful: audio, IDE, FDD and power supply connectors are positioned badly, and an inserted video card will lock memory modules in the DIMM slots. It can be difficult to reach some jumpers when the board is already installed. Their functions are not shown on the textolite.
The 3-channel switching voltage regulator incorporates 2 capacitors of 3300 uF, 9 of 2200 uF and several less capacious ones.
The following controllers are integrated:
On the back you can see a plate that prevents twisting of the textolite in case of powerful CPU coolers.
The board supports the AGP4X Safeguard technology (prevents start of the system in case of 3.3V cards inserted into the AGP slot).
+2.5 V supplied to the memory modules and insertion of a 3.3V video card are indicated with the red LEDs.
Non-unsoldered connectors: chips of network, additional IDE and SATA controllers, and their connectors.
The system monitoring is supported by the ITE IT8712F-A chip. What is controlled:
There are 2 connectors for adjustable and 1 for unadjustable connection of fans.
Brief characteristics of the board: memory slots - 2 DDR SDRAM; expansion slots - AGP/ 6 PCI; I/O ports - 2 COM/ LPT/ 2 PS/2/ 6 USB 2.0; dimensions - 305x230 mm.
Adjustment can be carried out with:
We used the BIOS AQ1 as the latest available version.
The only strong point of the board is a good range of tweaking and overclocking settings. So, it's meant for people short of money who do not want noname solutions and count on overclocking.
Dmitry Mayorov (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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