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ECS EZ-Buddie (D1, S4-2)
By Vijay Anand
Category : Barebone/SFF
Published by Jimmy Tang on Monday, 2nd June, 2003
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  


Introduction

The Small Form Factor (SFF) PC segment is really getting interesting judging from all the new models being released and it is certainly turning out to be a very competitive segment to say the least. Traditional ATX casing designs used to be a hot topic, but that was in the days when good designs (internal and external) were hard to come by. Standards have since normalized much among these OEM casing manufactures and are now capable of coming up with interesting and affordable casing designs. That and the fact that people have realized that PCs with basic specifications these days can cater to most usual needs, and consequently, the SFF PC is a getting the limelight in a lot of discussions conducted online. It won’t be long before the SFF PC craze will spread among the general public as well.

ECS too noticed the recent trend and it didn’t take them long to come up with their version of an SFF PC, the EZ-Buddie. Following the current fad, it is of full aluminum construction with a neutral design that suits both office and home environments. The following are its basic specifications:


ECS EZ-Buddie (D1, S4-2) Technical Specifications
Case Parameters
  • ECS custom form factor ATX specification
  • Slots for 2 expansion cards (1x AGP 4x, 1x  Shared PCI and CNR slot)
  • 1 x 5.25-inch drive bays (external)
  • 1 x 3.5-inch drive bays (internal)
  • Power, reset and eject buttons for PC
  • Blue LED for power and HDD indication
  • LCM display for system status (EZ-Watcher) and Overclocking control (CPU Tuner)
Expansion Ports
  • Front Panel 
    • 1x USB 2.0 ports
    • 1x Line-out / Headphone
    • 1x Mic-in  
    • 6-in-1 Card Reader
  • Back Panel 
    • 1x Serial Port
    • 1x Parallel Port
    • 4x USB 2.0 ports
    • 1x RJ45 10/100 LAN port
    • 1x VGA ports
    • 1x Center/Bass speaker output or Mic-In
    • 1x Front Left / Right speaker output or Line-Out
    • 1x Rear Left / Right speaker output or Line-In
Motherboard Type and CPU Support
  • ECS S4-2 Custom Form Factor ATX
  • Based on SiS 651 Northbridge chipset and SiS 962L Southbridge
  • Supports Socket-478 CPU (400/533 FSB)
  • Supports DDR266/DDR333 memory
Graphics Subsystem
  • Integrated SiS 315 Graphics Engine
Sound Subsystem
  • C-Media CMI9739A 6-Channel sound output with Xear 3D Virtual Surround Sound Technology
Case Cooling
  • Cooler Master DI4-7152A HSF provided but standard Intel P4 Cooler is also easily mountable
  • 1x 80mm Rear Exhaust fan
Power Supply
  • Chi Sam Electronic AD200-12P External AC to DC Adapter
Dimensions & Weight
  • Width: 162mm
  • Height: 263mm
  • Depth: 310mm
  • Material : Aluminum
  • Color: Brushed Aluminum

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