When it comes time for a new rig, there are those who want the power of a full-sized system but without the footprint of a mid or full sized case. Today, we're going to take a look at a barebones kit that promises full-sized performance in a footprint no bigger than a shoebox. Enter the Shuttle SDXi Barebones Kit.
The SDXi Barebone kit comes with support for the latest Intel CPUs, up to 8GB of DDR2 RAM, RAID and it is backed by some seriously good looks. On the outside is a custom flamed-out paint job akin to a custom car, while the inside provides the muscle to rival that of a full-sized equivalent. With the SDXI Barebones kit, Shuttle aims to deliver performance, good looks and a compact design without sacrificing features and performance. The goodness doesn't stop there though. Shuttle also works in liquid VGA cooling to help support CrossFire and few other surprises that make the Shuttle SDXi Barebones Kit stand-out from other SFF systems. Read on to see if all of the features, performance and looks make Shuttle's latest barebones kit standout for all the right reasons.
Shuttle XPC SDXi Barebones
Specifications and Features
The unit we received for evaluation had been around the block a view times, so we didn't receive all of the hardware and accessories that would normally accompany the product. We do have a good idea of what you can expect, however. Naturally, the package comes with the necessary drivers CDs and floppies to ensure all of the hardware is setup properly during installation. Shuttle also included a SATA cable, Floppy cable and power cord along with Molex to floppy power adapter and mounting screws. What's not pictured, and was missing from our sample, is an installation guide which would cover the complete break down and reassembly of the unit.