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Shuttle SB95P V2 XPC Review

Former staff writer    -   May 25, 2005




Closer Look: BIOS


Shuttle chose to go with the ever so popular Phoenix AwardBIOS, which is a very common BIOS these days. By default, there is a BIOS splash screen but it can be removed if you prefer to see the entire POST (Power On Self Test).

 


You're able to manually enable or disable the USB Controller and the USB 2.0 Controller from the Onboard Devices screen. From here, you may also adjust the High Definition Audio and enable or disable the onboard LAN Boot ROM. You're other standard options are here also like the ability to enable or disable the Onboard FDC controller, serial port, and parallel port.



The PC Health status screen gives us two settable options; CPU Fan Speed Control and System Fan Speed Control. The CPU fan speed control adjusts the FAN1 header on the motherboard, which is usually the CPU fan. The system fan speed will control the FAN3 header on the motherboard. The options range from percentage, which is the percentage of the fan's speed (RPM) capability and also an automatic thermal control mode. When set to thermal controlled mode (Smart Fan), the CPU Temp Tag setting will become available directly under the fan settings. From here, you may adjust the temperature at which the CPU fan will go at full speed.



Finally we arrive at probably the most important screen (besides the PC Health), the Frequency/Voltage Adjustment screen. From here, we can adjust all of the parameters related to our CPU and RAM. We have the following settings at our disposal: CAS latency, RAS to CAS delay, RAS Precharge delay, Precharge delay (tRAS) or otherwise known as Active to Precharge Delay, and Refresh mode.



Under the RAM settings, is the CPU clock speed setting along with the current clock speed. The maximum FSB option is 355MHz, which should be more than enough for most of us overclockers.

Voltage options go up to 1.58 for the CPU, 1.90 on the RAM, and 1.70 for the chipset. Definitely not the highest of configurable settings, but it should be enough to get a decent overclock with.

Last but not least, is the LED brightness setting. From here you can adjust the brightness of the LED's on the front of the Shuttle. A nice touch, if I do say so myself.





  1. Introduction & Specifications
  2. Closer Look: Inside & Out
  3. Closer Look: Inside & Out Continued
  4. Closer Look: BIOS
  5. Benchmark: Applications
  6. Benchmark: Gaming
  7. Overclocking
  8. Conclusion
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