Bios and System Setup

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For a low cost motherboard, the Soltek NV400 motherboard has quite a lot of overclocking and other BIOS options that enthusiasts are used to seeing. The front side bus can be adjusted up to 250 MHz in the bios and the normal memory timing settings are available as well (RAS, RCD, CAS). You can edit the AGP frequency independently of the others as well, which is common among the nF2 motherboards now.

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There is also a reasonable amount of voltage control on the Soltek board as well. The multiplier goes up to 22x and the voltages have highs at around 0.2v higher than the defaults, so AGP: 1.8v, DIMM: 2.8v, CPU: 1.85v, VDD: 1.8v.

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(Don’t mind the distortions on these photos, it turned out to be a dying Radeon 9700 Pro card.)

System Setup

I decided the best way to test the new NVIDIA chipset was against its big brother, the nForce2 Ultra 400 chipset. Using the latest in hardware in every aspect, including the 3200+ 400 MHz FSB Barton and the Asus A7N8X Deluxe motherboard – by far the most popular nF2 board available.

I tested the Soltek board with a single DIMM as well as with two DIMMs, and the scores were close enough for the difference to be negligible. Because, again, the NV400 is only a single channel memory motherboard, using one or two DIMMs makes no really performance difference. The same cannot be said of the nF2 400 Ultra in the Asus A7N8X board. All the memory timings were kept the same for each board (6-2-2 2.0)

AMD Test System Setup
CPU 1 x 2.20 GHz AMD Athlon XP 3200+ Processor
Motherboard Soltek NV400-64 nForce2 400 Motherboard
Asus A7N8X nForce2 Ultra 400 Rev 2.0 Motherboard
Memory 2 x 256MB Corsair Micro XMS3500 DDR DRAM
Hard Drive 80 GB 7200 RPM IBM EIDE
Video Card ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
Video Drivers 61.66
Operating System Windows XP w/ Service Pack 1


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