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Soltek SL-KT600-R (VIA KT600)
By Vijay Anand
Category : Mainboard
Published by Jimmy Tang on Wednesday, 13th August, 2003
Rating : 3.5 out of 5 stars  


VIA KT600 Finally Arrives

VIA used to rule the AMD CPU platform market, but due to their blunder on the KT400A part, NVIDIA’s nForce2 platform easily took center-stage instead. For most of this year, VIA’s motherboard solutions were over overshadowed by NVIDIA’s nForce2 as it outperformed and out-featured VIA’s offerings. After an extended period of silence, VIA recently launched their next (and probably final) solution for the Socket-A platform in the guise of the VIA KT600. Its accompanying VT8237 South Bridge, which was announced a long time ago, finally made its appearance among the premium KT600 motherboards.

Embracing this new offering from VIA is Soltek’s SL-KT600-R motherboard which is also our ticket to find out what’s new with the KT600 and what sort of performance can we expect from it. Like many other Soltek motherboards, the SL-KT600-R pretty much offers only what the on-board chipset supports. So you can also expect a lean motherboard package that offers the following:-

  • Soltek SL-KT600-R
  • Motherboard User’s Manual
  • System Utilities Manual
  • 2x SATA data cables
  • 1x SATA Y-Power cable (powers 2 SATA drives)
  • 1x Floppy ribbon cable
  • 1x ATA133 IDE ribbon cable
  • Floppy disk containing SATA & RAID controller drivers


    The below table details the technical specifications of the Soltek SL-KT600-R motherboard. Since this is our first KT600-based motherboard, we will first outline the existing situation from the VIA Apollo KT-series of chipsets and then a primer for the VIA KT600 + VT8327 combination, followed by the review of the Soltek motherboard in full.

    Soltek SL-KT600-R Technical Specifications
    Processor
    • Socket A for AMD Athlon XP / Duron processors
    • AMD Athlon Processors up to 1.4GHz
    • AMD Athlon XP Processors 1500+ to 3200+
    • AMD Duron Processors up to 1.3GHz
    • Supports processors at 200 / 266 / 333 / 400MHz front side bus
    Chipset
    • VIA Apollo KT600 North Bridge
      • Supports up to 4GB of DDR266/333/400 SDRAM
      • 200 / 266 / 333 / 400MHz front side bus
      • AGP 4x/8x (1.5V only)
      • 8X V-Link 533MB/s North/South Bridge interconnect
      • FastStream64 Technology
    • VIA VT8237 South Bridge
      • VIA DriveStation Controller Suite
        • 2-channel Parallel ATA, Ultra ATA 133/100/66/33 Bus Mastering IDE controller
        • Supports 4x PATA devices
        • 2-channel Serial ATA controller for 2x SATA 150MB/s ports
        • SATAlite Interface for additional two SATA devices
        • V-RAID - SATA RAID controller for RAID 0, 1, 0+1
      • VIA Advanced Connectivity Suite
        • Supports up to eight USB 2.0 ports
        • Integrated 10/100 Fast Ethernet MAC
        • Integrated MC'97 Modem
        • PCI (supports PCI 2.2 interface) & LPC bus controllers 
      • VIA Vinyl Multichannel Audio Suite
        • Integrated VIA Vinyl AC'97 Controller
        • Supports VIA Vinyl Audio standard
        • Supports VIA Vinyl Audio Gold standard
      • VIA V-MAP Architecture
        • Supports 8X V-Link 533MB/s North/South Bridge interconnect
        • Supports Ultra V-Link 1066MB/s North/South Bridge interconnect
    Cache memory
    • CPU Built-in 512KB (Athlon XP -Barton core) or 256KB (Athlon/Athlon XP) or 64KB (Duron) L2 cache
    System memory
    • 3 x 184-pin DDR SDRAM DIMM
    • Supports DDR 200/266/333/400 DIMM Module
    • Supports 2.5V DDR SDRAM
    • Supports a maximum of 3GB of memory with 1GB DIMM
    Storage Controllers 
    • 2x Ultra ATA-133 IDE ports integrated VT8237 South Bridge (up to 4 devices)
      • Support for PIO, Ultra DMA-33, Ultra ATA-66/100/133 IDE operating modes
    • 2x Serial ATA/150 ports supported by VT8237 South Bridge
      • Up to 150MB/s transfer speeds
      • Supports RAID 0 and RAID 1 by built-in V-RAID
    I/O Interface
    • 1x floppy connector (360KB - 2.88MB)
    • 2x serial port
    • 1x parallel port (SPP/EPP/ECP)
    • 1x PS/2 Keyboard
    • 1x PS/2 Mouse
    • 8x USB 2.0 ports (2x ports in the rear, 6x optional via headers on-board)
    • 1x IrDA TX/RX header for SIR/ASKIR/IRDA
    • Audio ports for on-board sound (Line-Out, Line-In, Mic) based on 6-channel VIA VT1616 AC'97 sound codec
    • 1x Game port
    • 1x Smart Card Reader header
    • 4x fan headers
    Expansion slots
    • 6x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.2 compliant
    • 1x 1.5V / 0.8V AGP 2.0/3.0 (2x/4x/8x mode) slot
    Power Management
    • Supports ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface)
    • Supports Suspend to RAM / Disk (S3 / S4)
    • PC2001 Compliant
    • WOR by PME
    • WOL by PME
    • Power-on by switch, keyboard
    • Power-off by Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP/NT shut down and switch
    Form Factor
    • ATX Form Factor : 30.5cm x 22.5cm
    • Fits into regular ATX case
    BIOS
    • 4Mbit (512KB) Flash ROM
    • AMI Flash BIOS with PnP, APM, DMI, and ACPI support
    • Multi-boot on LS120, ZIP, ATAPI CD-ROM, SCSI, IDE #1, #2, #3, #4
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