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Shuttle SN45G XPC - SFF Evolution - Conclusion

Coming of age in the past 12 months or so is the Small Form Factor evolution. Shuttle were the true innovator of this exciting new small computer market and today Cameron "Sov" Johnson takes a look at Shuttle's SN45G XPC which is based on nVidia's nForce2 Ultra 400 chipset. How does it compare to a full-sized desktop system? Read on and find out just how much of a punch this small little thing can pack!

| SFF PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 17, 2003 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 1e+%Manufacturer: Shuttle

Conclusion

 

While the XPC has been out for a while, it is only my second personal experience with this marvel of technology. While I was surprised by the SN41G2, I am more than amazed by Shuttle's ability to push the envelope of SFF PC's, while still giving the end users all the extra features, including overclocking, that has helped make the hobbyist market so popular.

 

While cramped, Shuttle has allowed plenty of space for CPU cooler, memory modules, Hard Disk, Floppy Disk and optical drives with enough room for easy placement of cables.

 

As mentioned, overclocking options are at abundance. We managed to push our system to a FSB of 255MHz without any problems. This is a great addition by Shuttle, just one XPC since the SN41G2.

 

Performance wise with onboard graphics, it's fantastic compared to original nForce systems, with external graphics, just as good as a custom built system. In all this is one PC that is beyond words that I can express to give my praise for.

 

- Pros

 

Fast

 

Stable

 

Extremely portable

 

Onboard Firewire

 

Impressive Onboard Soundstorm Audio

 

Great Overclocking

 

- Cons

 

Slightly expensive

 

Rating - 9.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's Editors Choice Award

 

 

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