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Shuttle XPC SN25P (Socket-939)
By Vincent Chang
Category : Barebone/SFF
Published by Vijay Anand on Sunday, 12th June, 2005
Rating : 5 out of 5 stars  


'P' is for Performance

You know you're on to a good thing when a company none other than Apple cottons on with a conceptually similar design. That might well be the thought going through the minds of the designers at Shuttle, the pioneer of small form factor (SFF) computers, on the launch of the Mac mini in January this year. Fast-forward a few months and a jump to Taiwan's Computex IT trade show, where one of the highlights happened to be Aopen's prototype for an Intel Mac mini clone, and the SFF niche market looks increasingly crowded. While the Mac mini and its healthy sales of an estimated 40, 000 units a month may not affect Shuttle directly, considering the different platform that it runs on, AOpen is a close competitor with its own line of attractive SFF systems. Presently, Shuttle still maintains its edge in this segment, and sources seem to indicate that Shuttle is more than confident of its own ability not to leap at the chance to partner Intel. If its booth at Computex is any indication, Shuttle has the largest range of SFF's in the market now and their relatively quick turnaround time in design and production means that it is likely to have an SFF out for a particular platform or chipset before its other rivals. Therefore, it would not be surprising to know that Shuttle has chalked another entry to its list of 'firsts' in the industry with the first nForce4 based SFF solution – XPC SN25P. After all, one of the ways for Shuttle to keep its lofty position is to overwhelm the competition with an unmatchable product range. In fact, it brings a long awaited balance to Shuttle's SFF offerings, which has previously been more focused on Intel based systems.

The Shuttle XPC SN25P uses NVIDIA's latest nForce 4 chipset for the Athlon64 that promises full PCI Express support. It is also the first AMD system from Shuttle to use one of its newer chassis, the P series, which we have found to deliver excellent cooling performance while keeping the low noise profile suited for the living room (or anywhere else for that matter), and at the same time have the expansion and upgrade options lacking in the Mac mini and its likes. Given its pedigree, we expect the Shuttle XPC SN25P to be one of the best performing SFFs available now that can easily match and even surpass your typical desktop. Eager to take a closer look at this addition to the Shuttle family? Then read on as we bring in the details.

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Considering that the Shuttle SN25P, like all SFFs, plays a triple role of enclosure, motherboard and power supply, the other accompanying items we found in our package is pleasantly minimal, with most of the cables already conveniently pre-installed in the factory. Here then is the complete list of items in the box:

  • 1 x ATA100/66/33 Ribbon cable
  • 1 x Floppy Ribbon cable
  • 1 x Serial ATA Cable
  • Mounting rails for 3.5 and 5.25-inch drive installation
  • Shuttle SN25P Installation Guide
  • FN25 User Manual
  • NVIDIA RAID User Guide
  • NVIDIA RAID Driver Diskette
  • Driver CD (Chipset and Audio drivers)
  • Shuttle Extras CD (including software like Trend Micro PC-Cillin 2004)

    Shuttle XPC SN25P Technical Specifications
    Case Parameters
    • Shuttle custom form factor ATX specification
    • Slots for 2 expansion cards (PCIe x16 and PCIe x1)
    • 1 x 5.25-inch drive bays
    • 3 x 3.5-inch drive bays
    • Power Button
    • Reset Button
    • Power and HDD indication LEDs
    Expansion Ports
    • Front Panel
      • 8-in-1 card reader
      • 1 x Mic-in
      • 1 x Headphone (Line-out)
      • 2 x USB 2.0
      • 1 x Firewire port (IEEE 1394)
    • Back Panel
      • 1 x Serial port
      • 1 x FireWire port (IEEE 1394)
      • 4 x USB 2.0 ports
      • 1 x Gigabit RJ-45 LAN port
      • 1 x PS/2 (mouse)
      • 1 x PS/2 (keyboard)
      • 1 x Optical S/PDIF in
      • 1 x Optical S/PDIF out
      • 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF out
      • 8 channel audio out
      • CMOS Reset button
    Motherboard Type and CPU Support
    • Shuttle FN25 (proprietary)
    • Based on NVIDIA nForce4
    • Supports AMD Socket 939
    • Supports unbuffered non-ECC DDR200 / DDR266 / DDR333 / DDR400 memory up to 2GB
    Sound Subsystem
    • VIA Envy 24-bit (7.1 channel audio controller with S/PDIF)
    Case Cooling
    • Shuttle I.C.E. (Integrated Cooling Engine) advanced Heatpipe technology
    Power Supply
    • Silent-X 350 Watt mini PSU
    Dimensions & Weight
    • Length: 320mm
    • Width: 210mm
    • Height: 220mm
    • Material : Aluminum
    • Color: Black
    • Weight: 4.25kg net / 6.05kg gross
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