Shuttle Space Walker SV24
Shuttle Space Walker SV24
The Recent increase of
people interested into turning there living room into a Home Theatre
has caused many people to go out and buy an additional PC to run along
side there large TV. Now, your probably thinking why dont they just
buy a standalone DVD player. Well the reason behind it all is standalone
DVD players dont play DivX films. A DivX film is basically a DVD on
a standard CD which hs been compressed. So Shuttle have came up with
the wonderful Shuttle SpaceWalker SV24.
What is a Shuttle SV24?
The SV24 is a barebone system from Shuttle. Which includes a mATX form motherboard, a 145watt PSU and loads of other goodies.
As soon as you take the
case out the box your think "wow its smaller than i imagined".
Then you start to remove the case and think "how is a HD, CD-Rom
and a FDD gonna fit inside this".
At the rear of the case where the connections are is also very tidy and presentable. Shuttle supply a small hard plastic sticker sheet which is place over the connections indicating which connector is for what. What i like about this barebone system is the amount of gadgets it has for the size. This system has 2 firewire ports and 4 USB ports. I bet most PC owners dont have firewire ports on there motherboard.
3½ inch bay is shown on these pictures below. When i built this
system i mounted my IBM 60GB 60gxp in this bay. The HD is mounted on
a caddy system which is held in by thumbscrews. The caddy is on rails
inside the case and suspended a few mm away from the CPU heatsink and
Shuttle supply the CPU cooler with the barebone system. The heatsink is about half the size of a standard Intel stock heatsink. Although the cooler is very small it seems to cool my Pentium III 1GHz no problems at a temperature of around 35º.
When installing the DVD drive I had a little trouble. as the connector for the power supply and the back of the DVD drive are very close. What i eventually done was used the knife and trimed a little bit of the heatshrink off connecter for the PSU which allowed the DVD drive to slide into the case that extra few millimetres so it was flush with the front of the case.
The Ideal PC for Home Theatre or LAN parties. I'd have to say, this is the best piece of hardware I've bought for a long time. I've never liked integrated hardware on motherboards, but when you look at what is built onto this motherboard and you see how it performs i was amazed.
Now hopefully all what remains is to mod the case :) (unfortunetly 30cm cold cathodes are physically to large to fit inside. so 9cm mini cold cathodes it has to be)