When we look at the Small Form Factor platform's relative size and shape, it is easy to see why these systems are becoming extremely popular as dedicated living room or home theater PC's. With the gradual adoption of Media Center PC's in the home, Shuttle is now trying harder than ever to ensure that those systems are small yet robust SFF systems. With the release of the new SD36G5M, Shuttle has brought to market a potent system which supports Windows Media Center and conforms to Intel's VIIV platform. Although packaged in the familiar "G" style chassis, the SD36G5M is equipped with a wealth of new features and functionality that differentiate it in the field of existing products in the marketplace.
In order to be recognized as an Intel VIIV capable system, a specific hardware configuration must be present to ensure a certain level of performance and functionality. Here, we find the required support for a myriad of high performance Intel processors including the Pentium D, Core Duo, and Pentium Extreme Edition models. In addition, the approved Intel 945G chipset and complete Windows Media Center Support round off the checklist of required components.
._Intel Pentium 4/D Socket 775 processor
._Intel 945G + ICH7-DH
._Two DIMM sockets
._2x1GB DDR2 Unbuffered Non-ECC memory
._Supports maximum memory capacity up to 2GB
Front Panel Display
._Display Size 109.2 x 13.4mm
._14 Grid x 80 anode 3 colors
._1 x DMA 100/66
._2 x SATA 2 connectors
._1 x Floppy connector
._10/100/1000 Mb/s Ethernet
._Intel High-Definition Audio
Dimension and Weight
._310mm x 200mm x 185mm
The SD36G5M is shipped in the same package we have seen offered by Shuttle for the last few years. Stuffed with ample foam padding and incorporating an integrated carrying handle, these boxes are a common sight at LAN parties around the world. Upon opening the package, you'll find a solid assortment of hardware and software. Here, we have a SATA cable, floppy cable, both 32 and 64-bit driver CD's, VFD cleaning cloth, thermal paste, screws, and lastly a power cable.