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With all these high-tech things around us, it is very difficult for a new product to surprise even a beginner user. The market of barebone systems is not an exception. Despite the efforts of the manufacturers to promote their produce, there are still very few models which can be regarded as truly exceptional. Sometimes, however, such milestones do occur.

One of them is going to be reviewed here. It is a model from Shuttle, a leader in the mini-computers field, and it belongs to the famous XPC series. The SB81P model combines advanced technologies and original design solutions that make it truly special.

And even though the XPC SB81P isn’t a new product (it was released in late 2004), we just couldn’t pass it by.

Specification and Accessories

Shuttle SB81P

Dimensions

320mm x 210mm x 220mm

Weight

4.25kg

Bays

1 x 5.25
2 x 3.5 (one internal)

Front panel connectors

2 x USB
1 x Mic-In
1 x Line-Out
1 x IEEE 1394a

Back panel connectors

1 x Serial
2 x PS/2
2 x USB
1 x LAN(RJ45)
1 x IEEE 1394a
1 x Line-In
1 x Front-Out
1 x Front Surround-Out
1 x Center-Sub Woofer-Out
1 x Rear Surround-Out
2 x optical SPDIF I/O
1 x coaxial SPDIF Out
1 x VGA Out

Internal power supply unit

350W

Special features

  • Built-in 6-in-1 card-reader
  • Integrated graphics core
  • Optional parallel port

And now comes the mainboard:

Shuttle FB81 Mainboard

CPU

Intel Pentium4 (Socket 775) / Intel Celeron (533/800MHz)

FSB frequency

100-355 MHz with 1MHz increment

Chipset

Intel 915G
82915G North Bridge, ICH6R (82801FR) South Bridge

RAM

Dual-channel DDR SDRAM 400/333/266 (up to 4GB)
2 DDR DIMM slots

Sound

HD Audio, 6 channels, SPDIF I/O

Connectors and ports

  • 1 x PCI Express 16x
  • 1 x PCI
  • 1 x RJ45 (Gigabit Ethernet)
  • 8 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x Serial
  • 1 x LPT
  • 2 x PS/2 (Mouse & Keyboard)
  • 5 x Audio (i/o)
  • 2 x IEEE 1394
  • 1 x FDD
  • 1 x ATA133/100/66 (2 devices)
  • 4 x SATA

Integrated IDE RAID
controller

150MB/s RAID 0/1/0+1

BIOS

Phoenix Award BIOS v6.00PG

Form-factor

ATX 180mm x 270mm

Special features

Keyboard/Mouse WakeUp, SmartFan, Silent X

The accessories to the SB81P are:

  • Installation Guide
  • User’s mainboard guide
  • User’s guide to creating RAID arrays
  • CD with drivers
  • CPU cooler
  • Rails for installing disk drives
  • Power cord
  • SATA cable
  • Floppy drive cable
  • PATA cable
  • Power splitter
  • Thermal paste
  • Additional feet for the system case

Opening the barebone’s case I found a bag with absorbing granules inside. Besides the accessories I also received a leaflet for hardware testers and a CD with additional materials for reviews. So, some of the pictures in this review are taken from that CD.

 
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