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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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External Mfg. Website: Soltek Apr 19 2005   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Computer / SFF PCs > Soltek EQ3501-300PW

Good Things Come in Small Packages

I'll admit it, I was a skeptic when the first SFF PCs were released by Shuttle in 2002... smile Cameron! Back then they were more of a novelty than anything else, since they were severely underpowered when compared to a regular PC. After a few years and a bit of innovation in the industry, I'm now a believer; these little PCs simply rock!

Soltek has done an excellent job with the EQ3501-300PW QBiC Mania. Whether you love or hate its unique styling, Soltek has put together a distinctive SFF PC which does not look much like any other computer you are likely to see.

While the EQ3501-300PW QBiC Mania is slightly larger than your average SFF PC, it has two open 5-1/4" drive bays, making it perfect as a desktop replacement. Those of you who access and copy CDs or DVDs will certainly appreciate that.

There's a lot of space to work with in the QBiC but Soltek could have done a slightly better job organizing, as once everything is installed space is at a major premium. Another thing Soltek should have done was to anodize the aluminum chassis. This way the panels would not stick together when they are being moved around.

The Soltek EQ3501-300PW QBiC Mania is not just pretty; it's also one fast 915G-based machine according to our benchmarks! The performance of this little PC was outstanding and it was often battling it out for top spot against supposedly faster full systems. The memory bandwidth numbers are a bit on the low side, but that didn't really affect the office or gaming benchmarks one bit.

With a retail price of $320 CDN ($260 US), the Soltek EQ3501-300PW QBiC Mania is moderately priced and will definitely attract a lot of attention, it's not just fast it's also probably the most unique SFF PC on the market today!

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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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