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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

Upgradeability and Motherboard

The QBiC does not come with its own heatsink, so you'll have to find your own cooling solution or use the stock Intel heatsink each processor ships with. On the plus side, there is a ton of room around the CPU socket so it should be possible to install a nice large after market Socket 775 heatsink.

Cable management is also a big concern with SFF PCs. Overall, I would say that Soltek did a good job in this department. Where required the cables are cleaned up with zip ties, and clamps to hold them in place.

Soltek packs a pretty hefty 300W power supply into the QBiC, which should provide your system with ample power. There are a total of one SATA, four molex and two floppy drive power connectors; plenty for any combination of devices likely to be installed in the QBiC.

There are some other little things Soltek has engineered into the case to make life easier for everyone. For instance, the serial ATA cable connectors are rotated 90 degrees so the cables can run perpendicular to the motherboard. This saves valuable space and doesn't require you to bend the cables very much when plugging them in. Soltek have also used folded IDE cables which take up less space, a good idea and that will certainly help system airflow.

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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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