Wednesday, November 17, Having seen the performance of the Athlon64 first hand it was quite exciting to have the ‘s bigger brother in the lab. This 8-channel audio codec is fully AC ’97 2. After careful consideration I have decided to transfer all hardware review activities to a new domain. We suspect that the answer has to do with the cost difference between the VIA and Realtek solutions. The audio connectors are an exception, located in the middle of the PCI slots. This contrasts to nVidia’s nForce family, which has both HT and HT versions depending on the target board.

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But now that AMD’s socket processor has been embraced by enthusiasts and gamers alike, there really is no other k8hpro in town. The location at the bottom right edge of the motherboard is terrible, and is a very long reach in most any case.

Most case designs will have no issue with this location, however. The only possible problem is the tall capacitors that line the left edge of the socket, which may interfere with large spread HSF designs.

Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 – motherboard – ATX – Socket 939 – K8T800 Pro

If a piece of hardware is failing you’ll know about it simply by reading the two digit display and referencing the manual as to what the code means. The option headers are mostly lined up at the bottom of the board edge, an out-of-the-way location.

Soltek did a great job with the user manual itself. The bulky pin ATX is located on the preferred top right edge of the motherboard. The K8TPro continues that design with a black board, purple slots, and coordinating purple cables. This is not a great location for the 12V, but we had no real issues in our case setup.


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If you still use or need audio cables, you will have to be careful routing them in this busy area. But does the processor really hold the illusion and promise of better performance and bragging rights?? While this cable is smaller, it still needs to be routed past the CPU with care.

The CPU socket is in the top center of the board. Wednesday, November 17, Log in Don’t have an account? Not quite as fast or as much bandwidth as HyperTransport, but that’s more than enough for today’s PC.

We were fortunate enough to acquire an early Athlon64 based on the Clawhammer core with a 1 Meg of L2 cache and because of this many of our reviews have been favorable in terms of performance.

Pieces of the computer puzzle are finally starting to fall into place, and buying a new system is getting a whole lot less confusing than it was just a few months ago. For more information on this chipset, you can refer to our launch article for the chipset: The PCB is black with purple and gold expansion slots, this color theme has been around for quite some time having started with the “Black Thunder” series quite some time ago. You can find more information on the recently released ALC at Realtek.


As you can guess from the title this board supports the Athlon64 processor giving you everything found in the pin version and a dual channel memory controller. A better location would have been the top board edge or upper right board edge. The 4-pin 12V is also best on the upper right edge, but on the Soltek, the 4-pin power connector is placed between the CPU and IO ports.

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Sorry Intel, it just had to be said. Maximum Motherboard Overclock and Conclusion. This contrasts to nVidia’s nForce family, which has both HT and HT versions depending on the target board.

Over the past few months the Ninjalane Labs has reviewed quite a few Athlon64 motherboards and while most of them were of Soltek origin all of them featured the pin Athlon64 processor. With a standard-width video card, you could use slot 5 in a pinch.

The same sort of situation hit AMD recently too. Aside from the Soltek logo you won’t find any fancy graphics on the front or back of this board. The basic layout of the Soltek is excellent, better than most recent boards that we have evaluated. Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. Log in Don’t have an account?