Page 13: Soltek
Soltek is quite a new company compared to most that make motherboards. They don't have a diverse product line, or they don't manufacturer other hardware. Their sales are based in Europe and do have a good record there, they are far more popular in that part of the world than here. Soltek is something that isn't available in almost all the stores here, but they are on most shelves across the ocean, which is similar to epox, except epox is getting more and more popular.
Traditionally, Soltek is lacking in performance, they are generally on the bottom of the charts, although some of their latest KT266 and KT266A boards perform quite well.
Soltek is geared to the average crowd, and does not have extreme stability. Personally having used one, I can say they are decently stable, but not like a rock, this includes the KT266 versions. They aren't bad, but could be better, and I don't think the small amount of instability would make me not want to buy them.
Soltek has an extremely unique for of overclocking we don't see on other boards called Red Storm Overclocking, which is constantly being improved. This feature finds the limits of the board, CPU, and other devices and overclocks as far as it can. It's a neat device, and I wouldn't mind seeing it on more boards. The boards overclock quite well too.
These boards are usually quite reasonably priced. Especially for what they come with.
Along with the overclocking hardware, occasional RAID, and some low quality onboard sound, the boards come with some decent software. Soltek boards usually are randomly colored, its rare to find any manufacturer to have more than 2 colors, but they ship 4-5, maybe more.
Soltek doesn't have much of a history, which isn't good, or bad. Seeing as they do have a good following in Europe, their boards and history can not be too bad, especially for such a young company. There haven't been any reports of Soltek DOAs, or dead boards around, but I doubt anyone has them, as of now, only one major website even sells them here. The rating is based on their European popularity, there isn't anything else to go by.
The Soltek website provides absolutely no technical information at all, it is completely unacceptable. There is a vague e-mail address for technical questions, but I wouldn't put much hope in it. Seeing as they don't have a large user base, you might want to reconsider them.
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Overall Rating 5.1/10 The company isn't bad, but they are not sold here yet. If you want to get one, shipping may end up costing a lot. There isn't anything bad about them, except their performance is usually next to last.
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