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Review: Shuttle XPC SN95G5

by Ryszard Sommefeldt on 30 September 2004, 00:00

Tags: Shuttle, AMD (NYSE:AMD)

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The Interior

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From the left side you can see the AGP and PCI slot area (with a card installed in the picture), the cabling routed along the top of the chassis for an optical drive and the IDE port for an hard disk at the bottom right, just inside the chassis edge.

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From the right hand side you can see the PSU that's attached above the DDR DIMM area (with DIMMs installed in the photograph) and the floppy port that lies nearby (with the cable installed in the photograph). You can see the cable routing from the PSU, both to the motherboard for main power, and routed up tidily at the top, for powering disk drives.

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Looking in from the top lets you see the ICE cooler on the left, extending down via its heatpipes to the CPU socket. You can also see the single nForce3 250 Ultra core logic chip with its own heatsink and fan.

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The SATA ports, the preferred method of hard disk connection in the SN95G5, are in between the PCI slot and the ICE cooler area, alongside the nForce3 250 Ultra's heatsink and fan combo. It was a slight squeeze to get in there, even with my dainty digits, and the cable doesn't come preinstalled, so watch out for that being a little fiddly, since SATA cables aren't the most flexible in the world.

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The fan for the ICE cooler is a Shuttle DA09225R12U 92mm fan. Without explicit specs, I'd say it's around 45dBA at maximum RPM and much much quieter in normal Smart Fan mode.