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Shuttle XPC SN95G5 (Socket-939)
By Zachary Chan
Category : Barebone/SFF
Published by Jimmy Tang on Wednesday, 22nd December, 2004
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  

SN95G5 Exterior

The SN95G5 is housed in a sleek ebony brushed metal case. The cabinet itself is devoid of any d├ęcor except for a prominently etched Shuttle logo on both sides. On the outset, the SN95G5 looks very classy and professional, fully black with silver linings. The power buttons and LEDs are incorporated into the front design in the form of a very Zen looking bar.

Angled view of the Shuttle XPC SN95G5. Universal black brushed metal throughout with a prominent Shuttle logo on the sides.

Shuttle boasts of a new chassis form factor with the SN95G5. The G5 chassis provides a more streamlined design with better airflow as well. The G5 is also one of the first XPC chassis to sport hidden drive bays. Previous XPCs had removable drive bay covers to facilitate drive installation. Users who wanted to preserve the color scheme and look of their XPC would have to hunt around for drives with the same colored bezels. With the G5 chassis, the front panel remains intact, preserving the cool black fascia no matter the color and make of the drives you install.

With an ebony countenance and smooth silver lining, the front panel of the SN95G5 has a very classy look. Drive bays and connector panels are well hidden away.

The reset and power buttons are placed on the left and right edges of the center bar. The middle two icons are the HDD activity and power LEDs.

Similar with other Shuttle XPCs, the SN95G5 is able to house one 5.25-inch and two 3.5-inch storage devices. The front panel offers access to the 5.25-inch and one of the 3.5-inch bays. You will also find additional connectors on the bottom, hidden away by a panel cover.

The front panel hides away the 3.5-inch drive bay when not in use. However, notice that there is no internal cover for the bay. If there are no drives installed and you open the panel, you will be able to peer into the SN95G5 directly.

If you click open the bottom cover, you will reveal the front connectivity panel. It consists of additional audio jacks, USB ports and a mini IEEE 1394 port.

Shuttle provides two optional feet studs, which can be screwed to the bottom of the casing in the front. This alleviates the SFF slightly at an angle. However, Shuttle could have just designed the feet higher by default instead. The slight angle adjustment doesn't seem to provide much of an aesthetic difference nor do they increase usability or accessibility of the SN95G5. It might help to increase airflow into the vents located at the bottom though.

Shuttle provides optional raised feet for the SN95G5. These are in addition to the default rubber pads as seen in the picture.

Extra vents located on the bottom of the chassis. The chassis is elevated by raised feet, so enough air should be able to be drawn into the chassis for circulation.

Ventilation holes at the bottom of both sides allow cool air to be drawn into the casing.

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