Soltek's QBic EQ3901-300P SFF PC

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Business & Content Creation Winstones

Synthetic benchmarks and games only tell part of the performance story, so we tested the Soltek QBic EQ3901-300P in some "real-world" scenarios, as well.  For our first set of real-world tests, we did some benchmarking with PC Magazine's Business Winstone 2004 suite, followed by the more demanding Content Creation Winstone 2004 suite.

Business & Content Creation Winstones
Real-World Application Performance

The PC Magazine Business Winstone 2004 test utilizes the following applications in its benchmark:

  • Microsoft Access 2002
  • Microsoft Excel 2002
  • Microsoft FrontPage 2002
  • Microsoft Outlook 2002
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2002
  • Microsoft Project 2002
  • Microsoft Word 2002
  • Norton Antivirus Professional Edition 2003
  • WinZip 8.1

The PC Magazine Content Creation Winstone 2004 test utilizes the following applications in its benchmark:

  • Adobe Photoshop 7.0.1
  • Adobe Premiere 6.50
  • Macromedia Director MX 9.0
  • Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 6.1
  • Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 9 Version
  • NewTek's LightWave 3D 7.5b
  • Steinberg WaveLab 4.0f

The Soltek QBic EQ3901-300P performed on par, and actually a little bit better, than the full-sized MSI K8T Neo2-FIR, which is based on the same VIA K8T800 Pro chipset, in both the Business and Content Creation Winstone tests.  Unfortunately, VIA's chipsets historically haven't done very well in these tests when compared to their competition.  Here, NVIDIA's single-chip nForce 3 Ultra reigns supreme followed by the SiS 755FX, and then the VIA K8T800 Pro.

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