The Contenders

For this roundup we compared four different SFF PCs:

From Jetway we have the MiniQ 450 based on the SiS 651 chipset. Shuttle contributed the old SB51G based on the 845GE as well as their brand new corporate SB52G2 based on the 845GV chipset. Finally we have the Soltek Qbic EQ2000, also based on the 845GE chipset.

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Jetway MiniQ 450
Shuttle
SB51G
Shuttle
SB52G2
Soltek Qbic EQ2000
Chipset
SiS 651
Intel 845GE
Intel 845GV
Intel 845GE
Expansion Slots (AGP/PCI)
1/1
1/1
0/2
1/1
Memory Slots
2
2
2
2
AC'97 Audio Codec
C-Media 8738
ALC650
ALC650
ALC650
Ethernet Controller
SiS 962
Realtek 8100B
Intel RC82540EM
Intel Pro 10/100
Realtek 8100B
Firewire Controller
SiS 962
VIA 6306
N/A
Agere FW323-05
USB 2.0 Controller
SiS 962
Intel ICH4
Intel ICH4
Intel ICH4
Expansion Bays (5.25"/3.5"/Hidden)
1/1/1
1/1/1
1/1/1
1/1/1
Front USB Ports
2
2
2
2
Rear USB Ports
2
2
2
4
Front Firewire Ports
2
1
0
2
Rear Firewire Ports
0
2
0
0
On-Board Parallel Port
Y
N
N
N
Number of Fans (including CPU/chipset)
2
1
1
3
What to look for in a Small Form Factor PC Jetway MiniQ 450
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  • Anonymous User - Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - link

    Oops -- I should've included this:
    http://www.compuplus.com/insidepage.php3?sid=92hz3...

    The above link has a "spec sheet". Takes a P4 up to 2.8G, etc. etc.
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  • Anonymous User - Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - link

    MSI has a new "MegaPC" SFF PC with built-in stereo tuner (has a spiffy LCD on the front), model MS6251. If anyone has any experiences with this one, esp. with Linux, please let me know -- I'm emailable at:
    liberty@eskimo.com
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  • Odeen - Thursday, August 07, 2003 - link

    Speaking of taking up space on the desk...

    Is it just me, or is it more "efficient" to have a PC on the floor where you'd otherwise have... floor (under a desk, or near it) than to have a cube PC take up desk space that you can otherwise use?
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  • Odeen - Thursday, August 07, 2003 - link

    Well, except that the keyboard is two inches thick, there is no AGP slot, the chipset is SiS, and the performance _really_ stinks. :(

    Build an nForce2 IGP in there, let it use standard drives and memory, and make it as inexpensive as shuttle boxen, and it'll be worthwhile :)
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  • joedivino - Wednesday, July 30, 2003 - link

    There is an alternative to the Box PC. It is called the "zero-footprint-pc" by Cybernet, it is a complete Pentium 4 based PC inside a normal size keyboard. The CUBE PC types are nothing more than a mini-tower still taking desk space. The Keyboard PC does not take any more than a keyboard on your desktop. Reply

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