box mini Soltek QBIC Mania EQ3901 300PW Review

Soltek began their QBIC line during the Nforce2 and i845 heyday and offers unique features like the ability to use aftermarket heatsinks and including 802.11g wireless network adapter and carry-all backpack. Lets see how the EQ3901-300PW fairs against a bigger brother.

box Soltek QBIC Mania EQ3901 300PW Review

Introduction:

With the popularity of SFF or Small Form Factor systems on the rise, we are beginning to see more and more companies producing mini PCs of their own. Even the major OEMs like Dell and Gateway lately have been cutting the bulk away from the standard PC. Since inception, Small Form Factor machines have had the ability to be just as fast and powerful as a full-sized sized.

Although Shuttle is often credited as being the one and only pioneer when it comes to Small Form Factor barebones, Soltek does not trail too far behind. Soltek began their QBIC line during the Nvidia Nforce2 and Intel i845 Chipset heyday, being one of the first manufacturers to produce a SFF system that supported two 5 1/4" drive bays. Since then, Soltek has played quite a role in the evolution of the small form factor barebones. Adding unique features like the ability to use a number of aftermarket heatsinks or including useful bonuses such as an 802.11g wireless network adapter and carry-all backpack.

Lets see how the EQ3901-300PW fairs against a bigger brother.

Specifications:

board Soltek QBIC Mania EQ3901 300PW Review


CPU Support
All AMD Socket 939 Athlon 64 and FX processors

Northbridge
VIA K8T800 Pro

Memory Support
2 slots, DDR400, 2GB max

AGP/PCI
1 AGP 8X / 1 PCI

Audio
8 Channel ALC830 CODEC from Southbridge
IDE
2 ATA133 compliant ports
SATA
2 ports from Southbridge
Networking
Realtek RTL8110S and Wireless
IDE RAID
RAID0, RAID1 and JBOD via Southbridge
Firewire
FireWire400, 1 backplane port, 1 x front panel port, from VIA VT6307
Southbridge
VIA VT8237

Package Contents:

bundle Soltek QBIC Mania EQ3901 300PW Review

bag Soltek QBIC Mania EQ3901 300PW Review

  • User Manual
  • Driver Disks
  • Quick Start Guide
  • SATA Data Cable
  • IDE Cable
  • Power Cable
  • Thermal Compound
  • Case Screws
  • Backpack