Specification and Accessories
Socket A AMD Athlon XP/Athlon/Duron
VIA KT880 + VIA VT8237
FSB frequencies, MHz
100-327 (with 1MHz increment)
Overclocking friendly functions
Adjustable processor clock frequency multiplier
2 DDR DIMM slots
Expansion slots (PCI/ACR/CNR)
USB 2.0 ports
8 (4 – on the rear panel)
2 ATA-100 channels
2 Serial ATA-150 channels
Integrated IDE RAID controller
Six-channel AC97 codec - VIA VT1617
10/100Mbps LAN controller VIA VT6103
ATX, 305mm x 215mm
Note that Soltek has two more mainboards in its product series that are too based on the KT880 chipset and use the same PCB as the Soltek SL-KT880E-RL has.
- Soltek SL-KT880E-GR (this version supports Gigabit Ethernet by using a VIA VT6122 PCI controller instead of the physical-level VIA VT6103 network controller);
- Soltek SL-KT880E-R comes without any network controller at all.
Thus, the Soltek SL-KT880E-RL is a middle product in the series – there are cheaper and more expensive versions.
The Socket A platform belongs to the low-end market sector today, so the accessories to the mainboard are scanty. Besides the mainboard itself, the package, made in the traditional Soltek design, contains:
- A CD and a diskette with standard drivers and utilities;
- A software CD with PC-cillin 2002, Virtual Drive 7, RestoreIt! 3 Lite, PartitionMagic 6.0 SE and DriveImage 4.0;
- One standard ATA-100/133 cable and one FDD cable;
- One SerialATA cable;
- One power cord for SATA hard disk drives;
- An I/O shield for the back panel of the system case;
- A user manual.
As you see, there are no round aerodynamic cables that have become a traditional accessory to top-end mainboard. Some other things are missing too, like a USB bracket with additional ports, and we have only one SATA cable here. Overall, Soltek seems to have been saving on every trifle – we’ll see some other traces of that economy shortly.