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Shuttle XPC SB95 V2 (LGA775)
By Vincent Chang
Category : Barebone/SFF
Published by Vijay Anand on Friday, 29th July, 2005
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  

SB95P V2 Exterior

Appearances-wise, the SB95P V2 is a splitting mirror image of Shuttle's XPC SN25P. Besides the obvious fact that both XPCs use the same P series chassis, our first impression was that they also seem to sport a similar color scheme. Putting the two SFFs side-by-side reveals that the color of the SB95P V2 front panel is actually a shade lighter, more gray than blue. With the exception of the plastic front fa├žade, the rest of the enclosure is made of brushed aluminum dyed a handsome black.

As we have discussed the P series chassis before in our review of the Shuttle XPC SB81P, interested readers can also refer to that article here . In summary, the P series chassis used in the SB95P V2 is exactly the same. You will find the integrated 8-in-1 card reader at the top which is a very welcome feature for a SFF that quite often plays the role of a media hub. The P series chassis is also one of the largest SFF housings around, with sufficient capacity for one 5.25-inch and three 3.5-inch devices. Hence, you can fiddle around with any combination of those, depending on your needs. For our tests, we installed a more common configuration of one 3.5-inch hard disk, a floppy drive and an optical drive. Of course, many users nowadays tend to skip the floppy, but you'll never know when you'll need its aid.

As you can see, the drives are all hidden behind plastic panels, while the card reader at the top should fit any conceivable kind of flash memory card.

Nothing unusual at the back of the casing. Exhaust vents for the two 60mm system fans at the top, while the larger center exhaust is from the PSU.

The rear I/O panel consists of the usual assortment of connectors. The CMOS Reset button is a boon for overclockers. We would have liked to see more USB ports though.

The front of the SB95P V2 can be elevated with two plastic feet to tilt the casing and improve the ventilation to the interior of the case through the air vents found underneath. This is highly recommended due to the rather high thermal emission of Prescott processors. With up to five smart fans running in the SB95P that will throttle up or down depending on the temperatures measured, having good airflow will definitely give end-users a peace of mind (and on the ears too).

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