Shuttle SB95P V2 XPC ReviewFormer staff writer - May 25, 2005
Closer Look: Inside & Out
Shuttle also used a similar design on the hard drive cage so that it could easily be removed from the case. All you have to do is popup the black tabs on either side of the cage and then slide the cage out of the bay! Having the hard drive cage out of the case makes it much easier to install hard drives - especially in Small Format Factor PC's.
With the hard drive cage removed we begin to see the other parts of the cooling system. The heat sink is screwed on to the motherboard using spring retention screws, to prevent over tightening. The fan located on the left side blows air across the CPU and then across the specially designed cooling fins where it exits the side of the case.
The copper base of the heat sink was scratched up and had a few knick’s in it. I'll probably lap the base to give it a smoother finish. There are a total of four heatpipes that connect to the cooling fins from the heat sink base. SilentX actually designed this cooling system which was based on the I.C.E cooling system found in earlier model Shuttle's like ours that we reviewed last year.
Now that the cooling system has been removed, all we have left is the CPU socket on the motherboard and the side cooling fan off to the right. Of course you'll want to remove the black protector that is on top of the CPU socket, before trying to install your CPU.
Without further ado I present you our victim for today, the Intel P4 3.4GHz CPU. Brand new out of the box, we'll see what she can do along side with this Shuttle XPC. I'll go ahead and pop this new beauty in the Shuttle.
Here is a picture of the side cooling fan, which helps blow air out of the case and away from our soon to be overclocked P4 CPU. Shuttle even made the door hinged, so you can have easier access to the memory modules and for cleaning the fan.
There are two DDR2 memory slots located to the left of the CPU and under the power supply unit. The memory should be easy to install since there aren't any obstacles in the way. From this picture, you can also see the passively cooled north bridge and south bridge chips.
In the rear, we find two 70mm thermal controlled fans which blow hot air out of the case. You can adjust the fans from within the BIOS and we'll see more about that later on in the review. Shuttle went with a beefy 350Watt power supply unit, to make sure our power hungry P4 and peripherals have all of the power that they need.