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Soltek Qbic EQ3701M
By Vijay Anand
Category : Barebone/SFF
Published by Jimmy Tang on Tuesday, 15th July, 2003
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  


Introduction

Many well-known Taiwanese PC component manufacturers are now steadily embracing the Small Form Factor (SFF) market that once used to be a niche market. The key reason behind this new focus is of course the increasing rate of user acceptance of these small systems. Much of this change in buying trend is directly the result of technological advances that have permitted better features and performance by the high integration of system core logic chipsets.

Even with all the new entrants, SFF systems still command a premium price as opposed to a fully configurable micro-ATX system. You may wonder why this is so when the latter method is more affordable. The chief selling points for most SFF systems are their attractive case designs that are not found in the DIY casing market and chiefly due to their ultra-small custom size. These factors alone are enough to get consumers craving for these cool-looking systems since it would serve both as a personal computer and as well as a great conversational piece.


Today we shall peer into Soltek’s Qbic EQ3701M, which is their latest SFF offering based on the nForce2-GT (nForce2 IGP + MCP-T) platform. At first glances, the most prominent features are its pretty all-mirror front panel and the system’s ability to accept dual 5.25” drives. More about this interesting system on the following pages but do browse through the system details of the Qbic EQ3701M below:-

Soltek Qbic EQ3701M Technical Specifications
Case Parameters
  • Soltek custom form factor ATX specification
  • Slots for 2 expansion cards ( 1x AGP, 1x PCI)
  • 2 x 5.25-inch drive bays (external)
  • 1 x 3.5-inch drive bays (external)
  • 1 x 3.5-inch drive bays (internal)
  • Power and reset switches
  • Blue LED for power and Red LED for HDD indication
Expansion Ports
  • Front Panel 
    • 2 x USB ports
    • 1 x Firewire port
    • 1x Line-in
    • 1x Mic-in
    • 1x  SPDIF-out (optical)
  • Back Panel 
    • 1x Serial Port
    • 2 x Firewire ports
    • 2 x USB ports
    • 1x RJ45 LAN port
    • 2x VGA ports
    • 1x S-Video for TV-output
    • 1x Center/Bass speaker output
    • 1x Front Left / Right speaker output
    • 1x Rear Left / Right speaker output
Motherboard Type and CPU Support
  • Soltek SL-B7A-F
  • Based on NVIDIA nForce2-GT chipset
  • Supports Socket-A CPU (200/266/333 FSB)
  • Supports Dual Channel DDR266 / DDR333 memory
Graphics Subsystem
  • Integrated GeForce4 MX GPU
Sound Subsystem
  • Realtek ALC650 6-Channel sound with Analog and SPDIF outputs
  • Complemented with on-board NVIDIA SoundStorm APU
Case Cooling
  • Anti-Burn Shield (ABS II)
Power Supply
  • Enhance Electronics 200W (W/PFC)    
Dimensions & Weight
  • Width: 215mm
  • Height: 230mm
  • Depth: 295mm
  • Material : Aluminum
  • Color: Brushed Aluminum with Mirror face plate 

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