The latest Shuttle XPC small form factor unit is Quiet, Small, Easy to Setup and runs without a hiccup but it still looks quite similar to every other Shuttle XPC we have seen here in the past (minus the ZEN). We were more then surprised when it came to overclocking the unit and just what we were able to achieve out of it but as you can see for yourself when it came to benchmarking while it was quite significant in our synthetic tests as soon as we went to do something that actually resulted in real world performance, the difference was quite minor.
You may find yourself giving the unit a little overclock at first but once you realize that it doesn't do a lot for performance, you will probably end up running it at stock for the sake of long life and low heat.
We will be looking forward to seeing Shuttle's latest XPC which is designed around Media Center 2005 but for the mean time we have something that is quite similar to a lot of the other XPC units we have seen before minus the upgrade of a new motherboard. A few things on the outside have been done to make a little different but nothing major.
It is good to see that people wanting to upgrade their PC are going to be able to purchase the new Socket 775 processors yet keep their old AGP graphics card (and DDR memory) as a lot of people are upgrading to new Chipsets/Processors but finding older graphics cards like the Radeon 9800 PRO being able to handle games just fine...still.
The SB77G5 is like all XPC units that we have seen when it comes to stability and doesn't miss a beat during our whole testing period. Anyone would be happy to have this unit sitting under their big screen TV in the lounge room - it would just be nice if Shuttle added some newer items for each new XPC release.
Rock solid stability as always
Excellent functionality with 775 and AGP
Plenty of audio connections for your home entertainment systems
Gigabit LAN through Intel CSA bus
Overclocking barley impacts performance
Nothing significantly changed
Rating - 8.5 out of 10
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