Shuttle SDXi Barebones System

Specifications and Features

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

Intel Core 2 Extreme processor support
533/800/1066MHz FSB
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz 1066MHz FSB 4MB
Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 2.93GHz 1066MHz FSB 4MB L2
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 2.66GHz 1066MHz FSB 2x4MB L2 
Shuttle ICE Heat Pipe Technology
Internal Liquid-Cooling System by CoolIT MTEC™ System
Unique Hand Paint Case with Automotive Paint by Smooth Creations 

2x PCI-Express 8X, supports Dual-Slot graphics cards 
(4) 240 pin DDR2 DIMM slots
2GB per DIMM (Max 8GB) 
North Bridge: Intel 975X
South Bridge: ICH7-R
(3) SATA 3.0Gb/s
(1) External SATA 3.0Gb/s
RAID 0/1/5/10 AHCI support 
Intel High Definition (HD) Audio
AC ’97 v2.3 compliant
Analog 7.1 channel output
Digital S/PDIF in/out

Broadcom BCM5789
10/100/1000Mb/s operation
Supports Wake-on-LAN function 
IEEE1394A 400M/200/100Mb/s data transfer rate

(1) 3-pin fan connector
(3) 4-pin fan connector
(1) ATX main power connector
(1) ATX12V power connector
(1) ATA100 IDE connector
(3) SATA connectors
(2) 1x5 pin USB 2.0 header
(2) USB 2.0 ports
(1) IEEE 1394 port (Mini)
(1) Microphone in
(1) Earphone out
Power On button
Reset button
(2) PCI E x16 slots
(1) IEEE 1394 port
(1) External SATA port
(1) RJ45 Gigabit LAN port
(6) USB 2.0 ports
(1) Line in connector
(1) Front out connector
(1) Side Surround out connector
(1) Rear Surround out connector
(1) Center/Bass connector
(1) Clear CMOS button
(1) S/PDIF in/out port
(1) Coaxial S/PDIF out port
(1) WLAN Hole for PN18 (Optional)
400W PSU with active PFC
Input: 100 ~ 240V AC
EMI Certified: FCC, CE, BSMI, C-tick
Safety Certified: TUV, UL, CB, BSMI
Power Plug: Region Specific
325 (L) x 220 (W) x 210 (H) mm / 12.79" (L) x 8.66" (W) x 8.26" (H) In
Weight: 38.1 lb

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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.

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