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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.
 78% Rating:   
Filed under: Computer / SFF PCs Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Soltek Apr 19 2005   C. Sun  
Home > Reviews > Computer / SFF PCs > Soltek EQ3501-300PW

Inside the QBiC

n a standard desktop ATX case there is plenty of extra space to go around. In a small form factor chassis, there is a lot less room to work with. With that in mind, it's really critical that manufacturers organize the layout of internal bays, the power supply, and motherboard components in the most efficient manner. Add to that the need for reasonable cooling systems and accessibility, and you can understand that SFF PCs are graded on a much sharper curve.

As we undo the thumbscrews of the Soltek QBiC Mania and remove its plastic/aluminum cover, it will be accessibility and ease of installation that we look for first. Even if a SFF PC looks as cool as ice on the outside, what real use is it if you can't easily install or upgrade components inside?

Looking around inside the Soltek QBiC, it's clear that most (but not all!) of the sharp edges are rounded over, which makes installation easy on the hands.

The Soltek QBiC is a slightly larger SFF PC, but its internal layout is not the most user-friendly. For example, to install memory or system drives users have to remove the CD-ROM/HDD rack entirely.

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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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