8 SFF PCs: Small, But Not So Quiet

Soltek QBic EQ350I, Continued

The EG359I offers a good deal of room. After the drive retainer is taken out, hardware can be installed from several sides. The additional fan on the side can be dismantled as needed. That affords enough leeway to allow the CPU fan to be latched in. In the case of longer and wider graphics cards, a piece of tape should be applied to isolate the retainer. This prevents a short-circuit on the graphics card.

A look inside the Biostar EQ350I

Most of the connectors are on the back

Pros

  • Neat interior cabling
  • Lots of room for drives
  • 300-watt power supply

Cons

  • Wobbly front panels
  • Little room for RAM
  • CPU fan only available as an option
  • Loud

Conspicuous BIOS with many submenus (Enter, Enter, Enter)

When the CPU die is at 60 degrees Celsius, the CPU fan rotates at 4440 rpm
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