Foxconn e-bot Small Form Factor PC - HotHardware

Foxconn e-bot Small Form Factor PC

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In what seems to be an ever expanding market, we've got yet another look at a new Small Form Factor system on HotHardware.  This time the system comes to us by way of Foxconn.  The same company that's been putting their stamp on motherboards and other OEM hardware since 1991.  Following their recent successful foray into the retail market with their own branded motherboards, Foxconn has a new offering pulling together their motherboard architecture skills with their flair for PC enclosures.  The results, as you will see, appear to be right on target.

Foxconn's initial entry is called the e-bot, which arrived on our doorstop in a bright orange and blue box, similar to the colored packaging of Intel's P4 product line.  Initially, it conjured up odd thoughts as to what, or who, an e-bot was, as there was scant other information on the exterior.  Delving into the contents of the box, we pulled out a shiny silver, black, and orange case which had a faint similarity to a pop-up toaster.  All kidding aside, the Foxconn e-bot seems all at once to take SFF PCs from its humble beginnings to a whole new level, similar to the jump made when PCs shed their beige, boxy casings to the now ubiquitous multi-colored, windowed, and LCD-screened rigs of today.  Powered internally by a custom Foxconn board based on the SiS661FX chipset, it has all the makings of a successful marriage of form and function.

        
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Specifications of the Foxconn e-bot
Not just another SFF PC

Motherboard
•Foxconn 661FXSA

Chipset
•SiS 661FX Northbridge
•SiS 963 Southbridge

Processor
•Intel Socket 478 Pentium 4 (533/800 MHz FSB)
•Intel Socket 478 Celeron with 400 MHz FSB
•Supports Hyper-Threading Technology

Memory
•Single-channel DDR 400/333/266
•2x DIMM slots (2GB max)

Graphics
•One AGP slot supporting 1.5v 4X/8X AGP card
•AGP 3.0 compliant
•On-board high performance 3D VGA controller

Audio
•Realtek ALC658 Audio Chipset
•6-channel audio with analog and digital output
•AC '97 v2.3 Specification Compliant

Network
•SiS 900-Based PCI Fast Ethernet controller
•10/100 Mbps operation

Storage
•One IDE port supporting Ultra DMA-33/66/100/133
•Supports up to 2 IDE devices

Firewire
•Onboard SiS 1394 controller
•One front port (4-pin) and one rear port (6-pin)
•IEEE-1394a compliant with up to 400 Mbps bandwidth

Front-panel I/O
•Hidden "pop-up" 7-in-1 card reader
•6 button audio playback control functions
•USB 2.0 ports x 2
•FireWire (4-pin) port
•Microphone port
•Headphone port
•Power and Reset buttons

Rear-panel I/O
•2x USB 2.0 ports
•1x IEEE-1394a FireWire 6-pin connector
•1x LAN connector (RJ-45)
•3x Audio jacks (user configurable)
•1x 15-pin VGA port
•PS/2 mouse port
•PS/2 keyboard port
•External Power Supply Connector

Cooling System
•Triple Copper Heat Pipe System
•Single 80mm Fan for CPU & System Cooling

Optical Drive (included)
•DVD-ROM, CD-R/RW Slimline Auto Tray Drive
•IDE / ATAPI interface
•Speed: 8x / 24x / 10x / 24x

Drive Bays
•1x 3 1/2" Easy Access Hard Drive Bay
•1x 5 1/4" (DVD/CD/RW drive installed)

Expansion Slots
•1x AGP 8x
•1x PCI

Dimensions (L x W x H, in.)
•11.75" x 7" x 10.75"






The Bundle:
The rest of the contents of the box mostly revolved around three main areas: installation, power, and cooling.  There weren't as many items included as one might have expected, and the bundle surely was not as comprehensive as what we saw with the Epox eX5-320S a few months back.

Two manuals cover the hardware side pretty well.  The thicker of the two manuals is a comprehensive guide that covers all aspects of installing and using the system, including BIOS entries and how to use the accompanying software.  The other manual is a quick installation guide, for those who want to just jump right in and get to work.  All the necessary drivers are included on the driver CD, although DirectX 9.0b was one of them, with DX9.0c being readily available for some time now we would have expected the newer version to be included on the CD.  Foxconn has also thrown in a licensed copy of Nero Burning ROM, which will allow for immediate use of the included slim-DVD/CD-RW drive.

The cooling solution came in a separate box, and we will cover that on the next page with our installation notes.  That left us with a small baggie with assorted screws, twist ties, and keys for locking down the PC. 
We also found a two piece cable with a transformer on it.  Upon closer review, it was rated at 200W, which made this unit the actual power supply.  Sure enough, a peek inside the chassis showed no oversized box of coils, transistors, and fans, thus freeing up interior space as well as keeping internal heat build-up to a minimum.

 

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