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Review: Shuttle's XPC SB81P

by Ryszard Sommefeldt on 20 July 2004, 00:00

Tags: Shuttle, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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The hardcore enthusiast has long cried out for Shuttle to create a new XPC chassis, one that tweaks the polished current chassis designs to incorporate some of the features that a proper power user needs from a small form factor device. While Shuttle have played around with the current designs to favour the power user, equipping them with powerful core logic chipsets and sockets for some of the fastest consumer processors available, they've neglected to tweak the design in one crucial way.

So while Shuttle have gone smaller with the XPC ST62K 'Zen', they've never gone bigger. You see, you can cram all the powerful chipsets and sockets you like into a small form factor device, but there comes a point when a power user needs more internal space in his or her XPC, for more than just the usual HDD and an optical drive, and maybe for fitting one of the larger graphics cards on the market.

And that requires some changes in size, over Shuttle's regular XPC designs.

Now it's time for Shuttle's XPC to get a little bit bigger.

Enter the SB81P.