Hercules Geforce 2 Ultra. Although not as well known as some other brands, Soltek where among the first to produce a KTA based motherboard, this follows on from their previous KT based board, and it adds the ability to run at MHz FSB and with support for ATA hard drives. Notice the lack of a fan on the Northbridge, just a large green heatsink as shown below. Click to find out more. All the switch settings are printed on the motherboard and they are correct so follow those when you set up the board.
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This Board is one of the few boards I’ve seen recently to include jumpers to set it up, initially it is set up to run at MHz FSB, this is fine if you have a B type or MHz FSB Athlon to fit in the board but if not then you will need to adjust the jumpers to MHz, this proves somewhat tricky as the Diagram in the manual is somewhat difficult to read and is actually kind of upside down, the instructions for setting up are also printed on the motherboard and they are easier to follow, the ones in the manual are basically upside down, the picture below shows the problem.
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These are 4 way Interleave and CAS 2, there are no setting to adjust the woltek timings separately like in some other KTA motherboards, this doesn’t seem to effect memory performance noticeably though. Well that’s the board running at default speeds, it performs very well on par with other KTA boards, now lets see how it performs for mainbord overclocking action O: All the switch settings are printed on the motherboard and they are correct so follow those when you set up mainboar board.
Here are a few shots of what sort of memory performance this board can get, the screenshots below are animated gifs wait for the image to load up and it should rotate to a new image after a second or two.
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Well for starters here’s Quake 3 Demo run in all the usual resolutions and in fastest and Extra High Quality EHQ which is all the settings maxed out for extra quality. Other heatsinks use better retention clips which are easier to fit. Well that’s the pictures of the packaging over with and now onto what’s in the box and setting it up. With the default BIOS settings the memory benchmarks are rather weak to say the least but this is the norm with all Via KT chipsets until you start to tweak the maniboard, luckily Soltek included some features in the BIOS to enable much better performance.
As you can see from the results above the board runs 3DMark just fine the default score at MHz is mainboardd short of points, this is a pretty reasonable score, the results dip as the resolution goes up, as the Geforce 2 Ultra becomes a bottleneck, this is just as you would expect. Hercules Geforce 2 Ultra. I decided to forgo overclocking for a while and did a fresh install of Windows, this went smoothly, I left the onboard sound solek, so no PCI slots where used.
Gaming is the one of the key things a lot of people do with their system, so I’ve included some gaming benchmarks, these will give you some idea of gaming performance on this motherboard.
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Fitted with an all-in-one monoblock which matches the Gigabyte Aorus aesthetic. The picture below is an animated gif, it looks pretty neat mean less scrolling and uses less bandwidth, so just wait a few seconds whilst it loads up O: Notice the lack of a fan on the Northbridge, just a large green heatsink as shown below. Here’s Sandra to start with.
As well as the hardware Soltek also supply some useful software, The CD included called Power Bonus Pack Includes Symantec, Winfax, Antivirus and Ghost, which is a very jainboard utility to allow you to clone a backup image of your hard drive, that can be restored in a few minutes, this is definitely a useful piece of software.
To increase the scores for the game benchmarks overclocking the graphics card would do the trick, but as I’m looking at the motherboard performance here Soltrk left that part alone.
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Included in the box are the usual IDE cables and floppy cables, and there should have been a thermal probe which was unfortunately missing on the sample I got, the thermal probe would be handy for monitoring graphics cards temperatures and other key parts of the motherboard, but unfortunately the editor misplaced them O:.
Well enough of the words for now and on with some pictures.
Although not as well known as some other brands, Soltek where among the maniboard to produce a KTA based motherboard, this follows on from their previous KT based board, and it adds the ability to run at MHz FSB and with support for ATA hard drives. Once I had windows up and running it was time for some benchmarks. All the connectors seem to be sensibly placed apart from maybe the IDE connectors which are placed horizontally across the board instead of in the more usual vertical placement, this makes the cable routing slightly more messy, but other than the visual thing it doesn’t really effect it in any way.
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The manual gets most of the salient points across, it reminds you to fit a heatsink on the CPU before you try to use it this is also backed up by a big sticker covering the socket on the motherboard which says the same thing, Tbirds can burn up in under 10 seconds so this is a very useful reminder, just in case your in one of those forgetful moods, when you build your computer, the sticker is shown below.
The capacitors and other components above the socket A do get in the way mainbosrd the heatsink clip,making it hard to push down the clip this was definately an issue with the Globalwin heatsink which has a rather awkward clip.
Click to find out more. They don’t include the rather useless AMR slot which is a good thing as far as I’m concerned.