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Shuttle XPC SB61G2
By Vijay Anand
Category : Barebone/SFF
Published by Jimmy Tang on Friday, 20th June, 2003
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  


Introduction

If you paid close attention to Small Form Factor (SFF) PC specifications, you would have realized that most of them have been designed around a motherboard utilizing an older chipset model. Take for example the Intel Pentium 4 platform, you would most often notice SFF PCs based on the SiS 651, Intel 845G / GV chipset variants and these are not as updated as the chipsets used on most retail motherboards. Plus, chipsets with integrated graphics cores are not usually updated as often as those without it.

With the recent launch of the Intel Springdale chipsets that are now classified as the 865 series, Intel has a new mainstream chipset with integrated graphics – the 865G. So what’s new with the 865G chipset in comparison to its predecessor, the 845GE? 800MHz PSB (processor side bus) support, dual channel DDR400 memory support and a revised graphics core engine named the Intel Extreme Graphics 2. We haven’t much detail on the improvements Intel has made to the graphics core, but we will let the results speak for itself in the test section. With the new Springdale chipsets, they have also been paired with a beefed up I/O Controller Hub, ICH5, which now supports eight USB 2.0 ports and natively supports serial ATA with two SATA-150 ports.


Shuttle who has always been on the ball for new XPC variants, was armed and poised with their latest XPC system built around a new Shuttle Form Factor 865G motherboard even before the official launch. This is the Shuttle XPC SB61G2 system, which we will be reviewing today. Before we move further, you may want to get acquainted with the basic system specifications:

Shuttle XPC SB61G2 Specifications
Case Parameters
  • Shuttle custom form factor ATX specification
  • Slots for 2 expansion cards (1x AGP 8x/4x, 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 and reset switches
  • Blue LED for power and Orange LED for HDD indication
Expansion Ports
  • Front Panel 
    • 2 x USB 2.0 ports
    • 1 x Firewire port
    • 1x Line-out / Headphone
    • 1x Mic-in
    • 1x  Line-in
  • Back Panel 
    • 1x Serial Port
    • 4 x USB 2.0 ports
    • 1x RJ45 10/100 LAN port
    • 1x VGA ports
    • 1x Center/Bass speaker output
    • 1x Front Left / Right speaker output
    • 1x Rear Left / Right speaker output
    • 1x SPDIF Optical output
    • 1x SPDIF Optical input
Motherboard Type and CPU Support
  • Shuttle FB61 Shuttle Form Factor ATX
  • Based on Intel 865G chipset
  • Supports Socket-478 CPU (400/533/800 FSB)
    • Willamette not supported
  • Supports DDR266 / DDR333 / DDR400 memory
Graphics Subsystem
  • Integrated Intel Extreme Graphics 2
Sound Subsystem
  • Realtek ALC650 6-Channel sound output with SPDIF input/output
Case Cooling
  • Shuttle I.C.E. heat-pipe technology
  • Autoguardian
Power Supply
  • ACHME Electronics 200W (with Active PFC)    
Dimensions & Weight
  • Width: 200mm
  • Height: 185mm
  • Depth: 300mm
  • Material : Aluminum
  • Color: Brushed Aluminum
  • Weight : 2.85kg

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