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Review: Shuttle SB65G2 SFF System

by Tarinder Sandhu on 4 November 2003, 00:00

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Introduction

Shuttle is on a mission to destroy desktop PCs once and for all. Towers and desktop cases have been the component storage mainstay for as long as I care to remember. Cooler Master, Lian Li, Soldam, amongst other notable names, have attempted to revitalise that most boring of PC bits, the case. Sexy aluminium cases are all the rage amongst those in the know, apparently. Even system integrators have managed to churn out some decent-looking housings from time to time. Style sells; it really is as simple as that.

Shuttle reckons that you can fit all the necessary components into a barebones outfit that provides the backbone to any PC, namely a motherboard with a high degree of feature integration, a small, slinky aluminium case, and more ports than a decent off license. What's more, these small cubes have matched the performance exhibited by a number of tuned, full-size motherboards. Shuttle also thinks that a chipset revision or introduction is all the justification that's required to launch a new cube. We've seen our fair share at HEXUS, and we've generally commented on how competent they are in almost every area. Our last SFF review hinted that Shuttle may need to do something radical or different to really woo the vast majority of tower / desktop case users.

The SB65G2 is a Springdale-based SFF platform with one or two interesting extras. By its very nature, it should be fast, stable and laden with features. Let's take a closer look.