boot Windows98 was quick to see the changes (try to replace
your PCI cards in the same order of PCI Slots as they were in
the previous system, saves driver re-installs) and configured
all the new hardware without us even touching the keyboard,
well ok, we pressed enter a few times.
that's it, a quick download of the updated VIA drivers from
their website is also well advised, helps make use of the new
AGP speeds etc. The whole process from installation to Set-up
was ultra quick and clearly designed to be user friendly. The
only area it faltered on was that the manual lacked detail;
just lucky it's an easy system to install. However there were
no barely any BIOS details or detailed instructions on the motherboard
settings, there should have been more.
a cost of around £100/$160, the Soltek board is simple and very
easy to install for those familiar with motherboards. It lacked
a more detailed manual, advanced Overclocking features, badly
placed ATX Power Connector, confusing manual instructions and
support for the newer 900-1Ghz Athlons.
the plus side, despite the lack of detailed documentation you
should still have no problems installing it. Windows98 thinks
it's a gem and updated drivers from VIA are commonplace, so
you should never have a problem keeping up. It's easy to use,
well priced and made by a top board manufacturer; we'd especially
recommend it to owners of GeForce cards!
is an excellent board, one whose class outstands the rest but
does miss out on just a few areas that could have so easily
been changed and weren't. We suspect that a BIOS update will
arrive to support the new CPU's, so at least all is not lost.
A good board, Speedy3D Recommended!
Mark 'KILLZAT' Jackson
- 9 Performance- 8.5 Overall
- 8.5 (85%)