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Shuttle SB65G2 XPC with ClearView cover - The Little guy packing a Big punch - First Look and Diving In

Put together one of Shuttle's latest XPC small form factor computers and a tuned Intel Springdale chipset and you have some serious performance from a little guy packing a big punch!

By: | SFF PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Nov 2, 2003 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9%Manufacturer: Shuttle

First Look and Diving In


First Look


It's always exciting to see a PC that is 1/3 the size of your normal computer yet can still hold the latest graphics cards and a couple hundred gig of hard drive space. And as far as style goes, the most discerning will sit and notice how sleek the black XPC is.



Spinning it around, quickly you notice a few things - First off the USB, Firewire and sound ports at the front, and optical ports at the rear as well as a place to attach the antenna for wireless LAN through its onboard 802.11B controller.



When having a quick look at it, the only thing you really want to do is open it up and stick all your hardware in and boot it up and get things on the move.



Diving In


- The Contents


Included in the retail box is everything you need to get your XPC up and running. We have the XPC manual, CD to install the drivers (not that we recommend using the ones found on the CD since newer drives will be online), Serial ATA cable, a cut up IDE cable so it easily fits in the case as well as a floppy cable and finally your antenna to get your wireless LAN up and running in no time.


- I.C.E. Cooling


The Integrated Cooling Engine or I.C.E as it is known is what keeps the XPC running cool enough to work without any problems. Using the widely known heat pipe technology, you get a good understanding on how it works simply by looking at it. The fan cools what pretty much is a radiator with pipes going down to the block which is on top of the processor. The fan cools the pipes, the pipes cool the block and the block cools the processor. It's quite easy to understand heat pipe technology as it is simple in nature and why it is used in such a case like this.



If a fan was placed directly on top of the block, the processor would have trouble getting the air it needed to cool the processor effectively.





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