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Shuttle XPC SN41G2
By Vijay Anand
Category : Barebone/SFF
Published by Jimmy Tang on Thursday, 27th February, 2003
Rating : 5 out of 5 stars  


Introduction

When you reflect back at the dawn of the personal computer era, you'll recall that computers were once dominated by bulky boring beige boxes. For the most part of the two decades, they were always relegated to being a lonely stand-alone item, which is perhaps why the basic shape of a PC has never really changed. When LCD monitor panels started penetrating the market for early adopters and prosumers, that is probably when the PC industry as a whole realized that the boxy computer form has got to evolve too. The current push in design is to merge PCs with wide variety of electronic gadgets and devices that we use day in and out and expand the typical role of the PC at the same time.

The introduction of the Apple iMac was perhaps the most acknowledged point in time when the PC form-factor revolution was set in motion. After that, every major PC manufacturer was scrambling to update their designs but most were nothing much more than the addition of a multicolored faceplate on their usual PC case. Over time, the offerings have improved tremendously and many now offer much smaller PCs based on Flex-ATX or some other proprietary standard. Of course these computers have a limit in terms of expansion or even upgradability. That is where the traditional tower PCs with better specifications is still available for true power users.

The Shuttle XPC SN41G2 package.

Small Form Factor (SFF) PCs for the DIY user group were not really well designed in aesthetics nor miniaturized enough. They also did not contribute a valuable enough performance until perhaps the last one-year when many advances in PC architecture had taken place. Shuttle, which mainly deals in motherboard products, has leapt forth with a slightly different DIY concept with their XPCs which are basically bare-bone systems with small, lightweight and easy to use features. All that is needed is a CPU, RAM, hard disk drive and optical drive to complete the whole system. Here are the specifications for their latest entry based on the successful NVIDIA nForce2 chipset for the AMD Socket-A platform :-

Shuttle XPC SN41G2 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)
  • Mounting options
  • Power and reset switches
  • Blue LED for power and Orange LED for HDD indication
Expansion Ports
  • Front Panel 
    • 2 x USB ports
    • 1 x Firewire port
    • 1x Line-out / Headphone
    • 1x Mic-in
    • 1x  SPDIF-out
  • Back Panel 
    • 1x Serial Port
    • 2 x Firewire ports
    • 2 x USB ports
    • 1x RJ45 LAN port
    • 2x VGA ports
    • 1x S-Video for TV-output
    • 1x Center/Bass speaker output
    • 1x Front Left / Right speaker output
    • 1x Rear Left / Right speaker output
Motherboard Type and CPU Support
  • Shuttle FN41 Flex-ATX
  • Based on NVIDIA nForce2-GT chipset
  • Supports Socket-A CPU (200/266/333 FSB)
  • Supports Dual Channel DDR266 / DDR333 / DDR400 memory
Graphics Subsystem
  • Integrated GeForce4 MX GPU
Sound Subsystem
  • Realtek ALC650 6-Channel sound output with SPDIF output
  • Complemented with on-board NVIDIA SoundStorm APU
Case Cooling
  • Shuttle I.C.E. heat-pipe technology
  • Autoguardian
Power Supply
  • Enhance Electronics 200W (W/PFC)    
Dimensions & Weight
  • Width: 200mm
  • Height: 185mm
  • Depth: 300mm
  • Material : Aluminum
  • Color: Cool Silver
  • Weight : 2.85kg

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