The milk-silvery coating of the Soltek's textolite looks really advantageous and we saw it before. In combination with an uncommon set of additional controllers the board seems to be oriented toward the home market.
It's going to be uneasy to insert expansion cards, especially long, into the IDE, IDE RAID and FDD connectors as they are located behind the PCI slots; cables connected to the power supply jacks may worsen cooling of the CPU, and an inserted video card may lock the memory modules. It can be difficult to reach some jumpers when the board is already installed. Their functions are not shown on the textolite.
The 2-channel switching voltage regulator incorporates 2 capacitors of 3300 uF and 9 of 2200 uF.
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.
Two LEDs are used to indicate that an incompatible +3.3V video card is inserted and memory modules are supplied with +2.5 V.
Non-unsoldered connectors: network controller and RJ45 connector.
The system monitoring is supported by the ITE IT8712F-A chip. What is controlled:
There are 2 connectors for adjustable and 3 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
We used the BIOS AT1.2R as the latest available version.
The model is not deprived of interesting features and can be recommended for home users with modest requirements who are not going to practice extreme overclocking.
Dmitry Mayorov (email@example.com)
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