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Shuttle XPC SD11G5 (Intel 915GM - Socket 479)
By Zachary Chan
Category : Barebone/SFF
Published by Vijay Anand on Saturday, 12th November, 2005
Rating : 5 out of 5 stars  

Notebook In a Box

The Pentium M mobile processor has been quite the commodity in and around the desktop scene ever since commercial desktop motherboards were launched to support Socket 479. Intel's mobile CPUs have been widely regarded to offer Pentium 4 level performance (per clock cycle) at a fraction of its power requirements. This has created quite a following for these low-powered, low-heat and ultimately low-noise processors as desktop replacements. Manufacturers that have been actively involved in promoting the 'mobile desktop' include AOpen, ASUS and DFI. During the recent Computex 2005 in Taipei, AOpen even previewed a Mac mini-like HTPC running on a Pentium M platform.

As the foremost SFF manufacturer in the market today, Shuttle wasn't going to be left out this particular market space and thus the Pentium M totting XPC SD11G5 was born. Other than the obvious energy, thermal and acoustic advantages of running on a Pentium M platform, Shuttle further optimizes for minimal noise output and heat build-up within the chassis by resorting to an external power supply. The last time Shuttle used an external power supply unit was for the minuscule (and still the smallest) Zen ST62K XPC. Housed in the excellent G5 chassis, the XPC SD11G5 is powered at heart by a custom Intel 915GM-based motherboard with a few interesting quirks that we will be sharing with you in the next few pages. If you take some time to peruse over the technical specifications below, you might even notice them yourself.

Shuttle's SD11G5 XPC.

The G5 chassis makes a comeback with the SD11G5.

The Shuttle XPC SD11G5 comes with the following accessories in the package:-

  • 1 x SATA data cable
  • 1 x 80-conductor Ultra ATA data cable (single head, custom length)
  • S-Video to Composite converter
  • Shuttle 220W external power supply unit
  • Power cord
  • 2 x Front chassis feet
  • User's guide
  • Drivers and Software CDs
  • Installation kit (contains needed screws, adhesives and wire-ties)
  • Sachet of thermal compound for CPU installation

    Shuttle SD11G5 Technical Specifications
    Case Parameters
    • Shuttle custom form factor ATX specification
    • 1 x 5.25-inch drive bay
    • 2 x 3.5-inch drive bays
    • 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 port (IEEE 1394a)
    • Back Panel
      • 1 x VGA port (GMA900 IGP)
      • 1 x DVI port (GMA900 IGP)
      • 1 x TV out port (S-Video)
      • 1 x FireWire port (IEEE 1394a)
      • 2 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
      • 8-channel audio out
      • CMOS Reset button
      • DC IN
    Motherboard Type and CPU Support
    • Shuttle FD11 (proprietary)
    • Based on Intel 915GM Express + ICH6M
    • Supports 400/533MHz FSB Socket 479 (Intel Pentium M, Pentium M LV, Celeron M)
    • Supports 240-pin DDR2-400 / DDR2-533 memory up to 2GB (Single / Dual channel)
    Graphics Subsystem
    • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900
    Sound Subsystem
    • Creative Sound Blaster Live! 24-bit
    • 7.1 channel EAX Advanced HD audio
    Case Cooling
    • Shuttle I.C.E. (Integrated Cooling Engine) advanced Heatpipe technology
    Power Supply
    • Silent X External Power Supply ( 220W)
    • Input: 100/240V AC
    • EMI Certified: FCC, CE, BSMI
    • Safety Certified: UL, TUV, CB, BSMI
    Dimensions & Weight
    • Length: 310mm
    • Width: 200mm
    • Height: 185mm
    • Material : Aluminum
    • Color: Pearl White
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