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Soltek SL-KT600-R (VIA KT600) Motherboard Review - Installation Notes

We've been hearing about the latest and greatest from VIA, the KT600 chipset. Now its time to find out if it can handle the load and earn a coveted spot in your own performance rig. With native support for SATA RAID, DDR400 compatibility and a whole lot more, it looks appealing. Come join Mike "Darthtanion" Wright as he takes a look at the Soltek variety of the new chipset; namely the SL-KT600-R. Its in the kitchen, so let's find out if it can stand the heat!

By: | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Jul 28, 2003 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.0%Manufacturer: Soltek

CPU Jumper Settings



Though I'm not showing the actual jumper, I wanted to point out the settings available to you with regards to FSB settings. Now don't get too concerned, these aren't the only settings you have. This just sets the native speed you want to force the BIOS to use as its starting point. This can give you a bit more flexibility when it comes time to begin playing with overclocking.


It sure is nice seeing that setting for a base 200MHz FSB.




A special note concerning installation of this board and the system components:


When I began installing the components into the mainboard, I went ahead and assembled the peripherals in their respective slots since I have a removable motherboard tray in my case. Imagine my surprise when I inserted the tray and got ready to hook up the main board power and was greeted by this:



Now granted, I have one of those passive coolers on the video board that extends farther than other cooling devices, but this is still a poor layout for the primary power. I was able to get the power connected and the video board installed, but I had to do so in that order. I was still a little concerned, though, because the sharp metal corners of the passive cooler were in constant direct contact with the 20-pin power main that handles the power grid for the entire mainboard.


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