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Specification and Accessories

Soltek SL-KT880E-RL

CPU

Socket A AMD Athlon XP/Athlon/Duron

Chipset

VIA KT880 + VIA VT8237

FSB frequencies, MHz

100-327 (with 1MHz increment)

Overclocking friendly functions

Adjustable processor clock frequency multiplier
Adjustable Vcore, Vmem, Vcc and Vagp

Memory

2 DDR DIMM slots
for dual-channel DDR400/DDR333/DDR266 SDRAM

AGP slot

AGP 8x

Expansion slots (PCI/ACR/CNR)

5/0/0

USB 2.0 ports

8 (4 – on the rear panel)

IEEE1394 ports

None

ATA-100/133

2 ATA-100 channels

Serial ATA-150

2 Serial ATA-150 channels
(in the South Bridge, with RAID 0 and 1 support)

Integrated IDE RAID controller

None

Integrated sound

Six-channel AC97 codec - VIA VT1617

Integrated network

10/100Mbps LAN controller VIA VT6103

Additional features

None

BIOS

AMI BIOS

Form-factor

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.

They are:

  • 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.

 
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