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Soltek EQ3501-300PW QBiC Mania SFF PC Review

Soltek EQ3501-300PW QBiC Mania SFF PC Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Soltek EQ3501-300PW QBiC Mania SFF PC is a flashy 'hot-rod' of good looks.
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Filed under: Computer / SFF PCs Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Soltek Apr 19 2005   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Computer / SFF PCs > Soltek EQ3501-300PW

A closer look at the exterior

Physically speaking, the Soltek EQ3501-300PW QBiC Mania is a large SFF PC, measuring 35 x 24 x 23.5 cm in size. Because of this, the Soltek SFF PCs are among the few boxes that support two 5-1/4" devices! Very handy for users looking for a direct desktop replacement.

In the front, Soltek hides the two 5 1/4" drive bays under silver plastic hinged flaps. If you install optical devices, there are two circular chrome coloured buttons to provide the eject function. A single 3-1/2" drive bay sits in the middle of the front bezel, good for a floppy, Zip drive or pretty much anything else that fits. Just under that is the power button as well as the power LED and HDD LED, all of which have are pre-connected. Finally, at the bottom of the case are the front panel I/O connectors. Here we find an optical SPDIF out, microphone and headphone jacks, two USB 2.0 ports and one IEEE 1394a port.

The rear of the QBiC system looks quite normal. To the right of the power supply is the antenna for the integrated USB 2.0 wireless NIC. Below that is the cover for the two internal expansion slots and to the left of that are the easily identifiable rear I/O ports. The colour-coding should help new users get the right cable connected to the right port.

The nicely colour coded I/O ports comprise of the ever-useful mouse/keyboard PS/2 ports, a Serial and monitor port, Gigabit wired NIC, four USB ports and one more IEEE 1394a connector. As for audio there are five jacks, one for the center/sub, back, front and side speakers and Line in.

The casing itself is simply Soltek's regular skeleton SFF chassis with a plastic cover which can be removed if necessary. The side vents are not just for looks; there are actually holes in the aluminum shell which allow air to pass through the EQ3501-300PW QBiC Mania. Once everything is assembled, I'm happy to report that all the edges are flush with each other. Installing the top shell can be a bit difficult at times as the aluminum is not anodized and tends to be a little 'sticky' to friction.

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Contents of Article: Soltek EQ3501-300PW
 Pg 1.  Soltek EQ3501-300PW QBiC Mania SFF PC Review
 Pg 2.  — A closer look at the exterior
 Pg 3.  Inside the QBiC
 Pg 4.  Upgradeability and Motherboard
 Pg 5.  The Soltek SL-B5A-FGR Motherboard
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SYSmark 2004
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, AquaMark03
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 13.  Good Things Come in Small Packages

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