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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  


Sable Warrior

When Shuttle unveiled their first XPC, the Small Form Factor was more of a novelty item for the image and style conscious. In terms of performance, they were brushed aside as entry-level and no serious enthusiast would go near them. Fast-forwarding to today, high-end components are more readily available and it is proven that powerful systems can be designed into the compact shell of a SFF. With more manufacturers jumping onto the bandwagon, Shuttle's investment into the SFF arena has paid off. They have already carved a niche as the forerunner in SFF technology, and they do not plan to slow down anytime soon.

Shuttle's famous XPC series of SFF barebone PCs, now with support for high end socket 939 Athlon 64s. We present the SN95G5.

We recently received one of their top of the shelf products, the Shuttle XPC SN95G5. The SN95G5 is a barebone system based off NVIDIA's nForce3 Ultra chipset for socket 939 Athlon 64 platform. The nForce3 chipset has had over several revisions since its inception. One can say that the nForce3 had a rocky start with the crippled nForce3 150. NVIDIA has subsequently released updated revisions of the chipset with the nForce3 250 that had a full 800MHz HT bus plus the 250Gb variant, with Gigabit LAN. As socket 939 makes its debut, the nForce3 has had another facelift in the form of the nForce3 Ultra. The Ultra variant is similar in all aspects but has its HyperTransport bus boosted to 1GHz.

With a well matured chipset under the hood, the SN95G5 is expected to provide quite a punch. Before we look at the SN95G5 proper, let's check out the the packaging and technical specifications first.

What you get out of the box:-

  • Custom length FDD and HDD-IDE cables
  • 1 x SATA data cable with SATA drive power converter
  • Power cord
  • Shuttle XPC installation guide
  • FN95 Motherboard user's manual
  • RAID setup user's manual
  • XPC accessory guide
  • Drivers and Utilities CD
  • Software CD (PC-Cilin 2004, Muvee autoProducer 3.1)
  • Installation kit (contains additional screws, cable ties and thermal paste)

    Shuttle XPC SN95G5 Technical Specifications
    Case Parameters
    • Shuttle custom form factor ATX specification
    • Slots for 2 expansion cards (1x AGP, 1x PCI)
    • 1 x 5.25-inch drive bays (external)
    • 1 x 3.5-inch drive bays (external)
    • 1 x 3.5-inch drive bays (internal)
    • Power Button
    • Reset Button
    • Power and HDD indication LEDs
    Expansion Ports
    • Front Panel
      • 1 x Mic-in
      • 1 x Headphone (Line-out)
      • 2 x USB 2.0
      • 1 x Firewire (4 pol.)
    • Back Panel
      • 1 x Serial port
      • 1 x FireWire port (IEEE 1394)
      • 2 x USB 2.0 ports
      • 1 x RJ45 LAN port
      • 1 x PS2 (mouse)
      • 1 x PS2 (keyboard)
      • 1 x Optical S/PDIF in
      • 1 x Optical S/PDIF out
      • 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF out
      • 1 x Center/Bass speaker output
      • 1 x Front Left / Right speaker output
      • 1 x Rear Left / Right speaker output
      • 1 x Line in
      • Clear CMOS button
    Motherboard Type and CPU Support
    • Shuttle FN95
    • Based on NVIDIA nForce3 Ultra
    • Supports Socket 939 AMD Athlon 64
    • Supports unbuffered non-ECC DDR266 / DDR333 / DDR400 memory up to 2GB
    Sound Subsystem
    • Realtek ALC655 5.1 channel audio controller with S/PDIF
    Case Cooling
    • Shuttle I.C.E. (Integrated Cooling Engine) advanced Heatpipe technology
    Power Supply
    • Silent-X 240 Watt mini PSU
    Dimensions & Weight
    • Width: 200mm
    • Height: 185mm
    • Depth: 300mm
    • Material : Aluminum
    • Color: Black
    • Weight: 2.85kg net / 4.65kg gross
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