Soltek QBIC EQ3801: nForce3 250Gb goes SFF

by Evan Lieb on 7/4/2004 10:35 AM EST
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  • CrabbyGuy - Friday, July 16, 2004 - link

    I'm looking for more information on the integrated sound capability of the 3801. The review states, "C-Media's CMI 8768 chip is a 6-channel PCI-based solution that will serve the needs of users who need good quality sound for basic music and Windows needs." Based on Soltek's ads and the Cmedia web site, this should say "8-channel."

    The chipset maker's site implies that the CMI 8768 supports Dolby IIx, but does not come out and say that. Anyone know?

    Finally, is there any way to get a signal from a source outside the 3801 through the sound circuit, preferably via a digital input, i.e., S/PDIF or coxial?


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  • JTDC - Wednesday, July 07, 2004 - link

    According to the Soltek site, there are only 2 3.5" and 2 5.25" bays. I was just trying to find out if Evan used the 3.5" floppy bay or the second 5.25" bay. Just curious as to how it worked. Thanks. Reply
  • Inferno - Wednesday, July 07, 2004 - link

    The Soltek has two HDD Bays! :) Reply
  • JTDC - Wednesday, July 07, 2004 - link

    How were the two hard drives installed for testing? Was one placed in the floppy bay? Thanks! Reply
  • jcromano - Tuesday, July 06, 2004 - link

    Thanks, Inferno. Reply
  • Inferno - Monday, July 05, 2004 - link

    Qbix EQ3801 comes with a Backpack, the MB, cables, and powersupply. The Supply is 250watt. I have heard of people running a Nvidia 6800GT and I am running a X800. Reply
  • jcromano - Monday, July 05, 2004 - link

    Ugh. Twice in a row my message has been clipped off right after the first carriage return, so this one's coming all in one paragraph. I'm still hoping for an answer to my earlier question about what comes included with the QBIC. I'm especially interested in learning about the power supply, if one does indeed come with the QBIC. Don't the new Nvidia cards want lots of watts and special connectors? Does the QBIC's power supply have what the Nvidia cards want? Thanks again. Sorry for the run-together format, and sorry for asking what are probably pretty basic, newbie questions. Jim Reply
  • jcromano - Monday, July 05, 2004 - link

    I'll get the hang of this some day, I hope. Sorry for the blank messages.
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  • jcromano - Monday, July 05, 2004 - link

    Hi,
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  • SoltekGermany - Monday, July 05, 2004 - link

    I have found small typo on review. The soundchip has 8 channels, not 6 channels.
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  • Inferno - Sunday, July 04, 2004 - link

    I was using clockgen not SoftFSB Reply
  • Inferno - Sunday, July 04, 2004 - link

    I have tested the system to 275 max HTT with SoftFSB. This unit also supports the Athlon 64 Mobile CPU's which is rare in a nForce 250GB system.

    Here is my post of some of my tests @ 275 with a X800 running stock speeds and overdrive off.

    http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?p=10262635...

    P.S. I would have just posted in Anandtech forums but for some reason my screen name is banned since the new forums when into place and no one will help me get it fixed.
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  • Wesley Fink - Sunday, July 04, 2004 - link

    I have corrected what I can in the graphs, but the problem appears to be our graphing engine, and not Evan's data. All of the information is there and has been reentered, bu the update that is going onto our website appears to be scrambling the graph generation.

    We apologize for the confusion. It will be fixed as soon as possible.
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  • psiu - Sunday, July 04, 2004 - link

    Pics of the case interior are all showing pic4, instead of 7,8,9 (I think). Reply
  • CrystalBay - Sunday, July 04, 2004 - link

    Nice, Please keep the SFF reviews coming. Reply
  • DrumBum - Sunday, July 04, 2004 - link

    is it possible to buy just the motherboard? Reply
  • artifex - Sunday, July 04, 2004 - link

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for doing a SFF review!

    I haven't even read past page 1 yet. But I have to stop and tell you how glad I am you're doing one. I really hope in the future this form factor might see increased coverage (say, for example, in the budget/midrange buyer's guides), but this is a good start. Now I don't have to rely solely on mini-itx.com and sfftech.com :)

    p.s. I know this may not be the first one you've done, either. But I'm encouraging you now :)
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  • jcromano - Sunday, July 04, 2004 - link

    Hi,

    I enjoyed your article very much, but I'm a little confused about exactly what you get for the $270.

    Am I to understand that for the $270, you get a case plus STF case fan, a motherboard, a power supply (with fan), assorted cables, and a carrying pack?

    Am I also to understand that you get a CPU fan but no CPU?

    And am I to understand there is space for a floppy drive, but that the floppy drive itself is not included?

    Also, could you say a few words about the power supply that comes with it? That is, if a power supply is, in fact, included.

    Thanks much,
    Jim
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  • jcromano - Sunday, July 04, 2004 - link

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  • Pollock - Sunday, July 04, 2004 - link

    "In general, system temperatures were low and no one component was too hot to the touch. This is an impressive feat, as SFFs are notoriously difficult to keep warm."

    I suspect you meant "as SFFs are notoriously difficult to keep cool."
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  • Swaid - Sunday, July 04, 2004 - link

    The graphs for most of your benchmark only display one motherboard and leave out the rest, so its pretty much impossible to distinguish what the numbers corrispond to. Reply
  • Z80 - Sunday, July 04, 2004 - link

    Your encoding benchmarks are not displaying properly Reply

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