Shuttle SB95P v2 SFF XPC - HotHardware

Shuttle SB95P v2 SFF XPC

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When it comes to making Small Form Factor PCs, we find that most manufacturers need to make compromises in order to create a viable product.  Radical heat dissipation techniques typically consume much of the area in already cramped confines, motherboards are usually cut-down versions of full-sized models which, in turn, have fewer features or capabilities, and typically these motherboards are based on an older more mature chipset.  Just recently we have taken looks at other SFF PCs, one of which, the Skyhawk IMC6375, was still based around the 865PE chipset, now nearing two years since it was initially released.

Shuttle, on the other hand, always seems poised on the edge of the curve.  While their somewhat boxy enclosures are not always the flashiest of the bunch, it's what's on the inside that really counts, right?  Today we get to look at one of their latest releases,  the Shuttle SB95P v2 XPC.  Based on the Intel i925XE chipset, which supports both 800 and 1066 MHz FSB based Pentium 4 CPUs as well as DDR2, and RAID, this Small Form Factor PC is all set to make it in the "big" world.  Let's take a look at the various specifications of the SB95P and see how it compares against it's full-sized brethren.

        
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Specifications of the Shuttle SB95P v2
Nothing lacking here...

















Processor
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_Intel Socket 775 Pentium 4

Memory
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_Dual-channel DDR2 533/400
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_2x DIMM slots (2GB max)

Motherboard
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FB95 (proprietary)

Intel 925XE + ICH6-R chipset
· 1066/800 MHz FSB
· 1 x1 PCI Express slot

· 1 x16 PCI Express slot

Audio
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_8 channel audio
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_Digital (SPDIF) audio ports
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_Analog audio ports

Network
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_Gigabit LAN - Broadcom

Storage
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_4 Serial ATA 150 headers
·_RAID (0,1) with Intel Matrix Storage Technology
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_(1) IDE header
·_(1) FDD header
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_5.25" storage bay x 1
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_3.5" storage bays x 3

















Front-panel I/O
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_8-in-1 card reader
·_2x USB 2.0 ports
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_FireWire 400 port
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_Microphone port
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_Headphone port
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_Power button
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_Reset button

Rear-panel I/O
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_PS/2 Keyboard socket
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_PS/2 Mouse socket
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_2x USB 2.0 ports
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_FireWire 400 port
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_Gigabit LAN (RJ-45)
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_8 channel audio out
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_SPDIF I/O ports
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_Coaxial Audio port
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_Serial port
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_CMOS Reset button
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_Optional Parallel port

Silent X (system cooling)
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_Integrated Cooling Engine (ICE)
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_Intelligently-engineered airflow mechanics

Power Supply
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_Silent X 350W

Dimensions (L x W x H, mm)
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_325 x 210 x 220

Weight (net / gross; kg, lbs)
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_4.25 (9.35) / 6.05 (13.31)






The Bundle:

One of Shuttle's new features in their 'P' Chassis line is toolless drive installation
.  Whereas in the past drives were screwed directly into the drive rack, which was then screwed down to the frame, Shuttle has instead turned to sets of brackets that allow for quicker and easier installations.  One set was already in place on the rack itself, while additional brackets for floppy drives and additional hard drives came in small baggies.  We highlighted additional since the SB95P has a new trick up its sleeve: the main hard drive requires almost no installation time at all.  The only means necessary to install a hard drive require lining up holes in the casing with 4 pins on the drive rack.  Line the pins up, push down on the drive, and you're done.  The two brackets in the package are used for adding in SATA drives along the top of the unit, suitable for RAID configurations.  That brings the total number of hard drives that can be installed in this unit up to three, all in a container the size of a large toaster.

To suit the needs of connecting these devices, most of the cabling has been pre-installed and pre-routed for optimal placement and airflow.  Thus, the only cables found in the bundle are to be used for the addition of a floppy drive, which in most cases would be completely optional.  Drive shields, a power cable, and a small tube of thermal paste round out this collection.  And, of course, there were the various manuals and driver media that one needs in order to install or troubleshoot their setup.

 

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