Shuttle SB95P V2 XPC ReviewFormer staff writer - May 25, 2005
- Installation Guide
- Motherboard Manual
- RAID User Manual
- Intel RAID Drivers
- Shuttle CD (Drivers)
- Shuttle Software CD (Acrobat Reader, Trend Micro PC-Chillin, Muvee autoProducer)
- Floppy Cable
- Hard Drive and Floppy Rails
- Serial ATA Cable
- Thermal Grease
- (4) Thumb Screws
- (4) Chrome Front Feet
Closer Look: Inside & Out
The Shuttle SB95P V2 is mostly black with the exception to the front bezel which is a metallic silver - which almost looks like frosted glass at first glance. Up top, there is an 8-in-1 memory card reader for easy access to digital camera images or other memory card devices. The memory card reader takes place of the 3.5" internal floppy drive, but who needs one of those now days? If you can't live without your floppy drive, Shuttle has made it easy to remove the memory card reader so that you can slide a drive in it's place. We'll talk more about this later on in the review once we tear this beast open!
Under the memory card reader, there are two external drive bays for a burner or what ever else you can find to stick in them. The top one is special because it has a CD-ROM eject button built-in. This means, you can put a CD-ROM/Burner in the bay and open the CD tray by pressing the button. The spring-loaded 5.25" drive bay door will be pushed open by the CD tray. This keeps those ugly beige colored drives hidden away so that your new Shuttle box can glisten in all of its beauty.
On the next panel we have the round-lit power button, hard drive activity light, and reset button.
At the bottom of the front bezel we have anther stealth panel. Once opened, it reveals an assortment of redirect ports. There is a mic and headphones port, perfect for the gamers who hate having to find the right ports in the back of the computer. There is also (2) USB ports and (1) firewire port - handy for digital cameras, joysticks, web cams and other peripherals.
On either sides of the case there are ventilation holes and a fan that is situated right in the air flow of the CPU. This is one feature I wish they would have put on the SN85G4 XPC that we reviewed last year. The extra air flow can make a BIG difference, especially in Small Form Factor PC's.
On the bottom of the case we find more ventilation holes, and a large cluster of them directly under the CPU socket on the motherboard. Basically, Shuttle has made sure that the area around the CPU is well ventilated to insure low operating temperatures.
In the back of the case we find even more fans! Up top there are two 70mm fans to help cool the hard drives inside and in the middle there is one 80mm fan, which is actually inside of the power supply.
There are two expansion slots for a video card and for what ever else you can throw in there that you may need.
The rear of the motherboard has all of your standard equipped ports such as: Serial, USB, Firewire, Mouse, Keyboard, Audio (both analog and digital), TOS-Link, and RCA S/PDIF. There is also a CMOS reset button which makes it easy to reset the CMOS after entering the wrong setting in the BIOS.
After taking the hood off of this beast, I found that Shuttle did a good job with the layout of the system, but they could of spent more time with wire management! I'm still waiting for a company to get fancy with wire management by redesigning the wires so that they can run them in between the metal of the case (hidden away). I guess I'll keep on dreamin' :)
From this view we see the two PCI slots - one 16x slot for a graphics card and a 1x slot for anything else you may need. Behind the PCI-Express slots, there are a total of four SATA headers. To the far left we see are first glimpse of the cooling system Shuttle has developed. We'll take a closer look at this later on in the review.
Here's a birds eye view looking down inside of the Shuttle box, with the Silica Gel still packed inside - oh yeah, don't eat that stuff! At the front, we find the electronics of the memory card reader. On either side there are two black hatches that lock and unlock the memory card reader inside the bay.