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Soltek QBic EQ3801A: AMD64 Power Barebone

The barebone from Soltek provides an especially large amount of space for one 5.25" drive and one 3.5" drive. An additional 3.5" slot is only accessible from the inside. This is well suited for a hard drive at a later time. A card reader can also be accommodated in the floppy slot, which is accessible from the front. The silver-colored barebone foregoes any type of display. However, the special feature is more the interior, because the QBic 3801A is one of only a few mini PCs that is designed for AMD64 processors. The motherboard is based on the new NForce 3 250 GB from Nvidia, which admittedly has no onboard graphics. In the case itself, there is a great deal of clearance, which makes the assembly of the barebone easier. A system fan attached to the side provides additional air. When using Office applications, the 100 millimeter fan can hardly be heard. However, if the CPU is really challenged, then you can notice that this fan speeds up and slows down on occasion. It's true that the noise level doesn't exceed 52 dB(A), but the noise that the fan produces grates on your nerves. The noise can be compared to a closed door through which the wind occasionally whistles, which isn't loud but it still quickly gets on your nerves.

Plain design with two 5.25" slots

Only the power on button is illuminated when switched on

Nothing exciting, only standard and without VGA connector
  1. Searching For The Quiet Barebone
  2. The Way It Should Be
  3. The Way It Should Be, Continued
  4. Test Candidates With AGP Graphics Slot
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  6. Under The Hood
  7. Pros And Cons
  8. AOpen XC Cube EX65: Design Is A Matter Of Taste
  9. Under The Hood
  10. AOpen XC Cube EY65: A Lot Of Intel Platforms
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  13. Under The Hood
  14. Pros And Cons
  15. MSI MEGA Barebones: Two Unequal Brothers
  16. PC Alert 4: Monitoring of the temperature and fan speed
  17. MSI MEGA180: The AMD Version
  18. Pros And Cons
  19. MSI MEGA865: Suitable For Intel Pentium 4 CPUs
  20. Pros And Cons
  21. Jetway MiniQ Twin: Two Users Simultaneously
  22. Under The Hood
  23. Pros And Cons
  24. Soltek QBic EQ3801A: AMD64 Power Barebone
  25. Under The Hood
  26. Pros And Cons
  27. Test Candidates Without An AGP Graphics Slot
  28. Under The Hood
  29. Pros And Cons
  30. Shuttle XPC ZEN: Smallest Barebone With External Power Supply
  31. Under The Hood
  32. Pros And Cons
  33. Test Candidates With A PCI Express Slot
  34. Under The Hood
  35. Pros And Cons
  36. Shuttle XPC SB83G5: VW Meets Barebone
  37. Under The Hood
  38. Pros And Cons
  39. Noise Measurements: All Candidates At A Glance
  40. Configuration Table
  41. Configuration Table, Continued
  42. Configuration Table, Continued
  43. Test Equipment, Continued
  44. Accessories: Useful, Useless And Comical
  45. Shuttles TFT In An XPC Design
  46. Shuttle XP17, Specifications
  47. Shuttle PC40: Upgrade To Quiet Power Supply
  48. Lights Go On In The Peripheral Connectors
  49. Molex Connector: Let There Be Color
  50. RAM Freezer From Revoltec
  51. Area 51 Is Everywhere: The Aliens Have Landed
  52. Conclusion
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