Another connector, I would like to specifically dwell on in called Wireless KB/MS Header. Here I got absolutely confused: KB definitely denotes keyboard and MS – mouse. This way this connector is intended for a wireless keyboard and mouse. However, all wireless keyboards and mice do not require any special connectors but use the regular PS/2 ones. The only explanation that comes into my mind is the fact that Shuttle is probably going to introduce its own standard for wireless input devices. If this is really the case, then I can only congratulate the Taiwanese mainboard and barebone company on such a brave decision.
Since we came to speak about wireless. As is known, Shuttle offers not only barebone systems, but also the entire set of accessories for them. Among them you could see glowing front panels or carry-bags, for instance. The bag remained on the list, but a few more interesting and serious things have been added to the accessories set. In particular, you can get a 802.11b wireless network kit. There is a special spot on the back panel of the barebone system reserved for an antenna, while the device is probably connected to the USB port. At least, I don’t think that Wireless KB/MS is intended for Wireless LAN, as the name is still very different.
Among other accessories available for Shuttle barebone systems today I would like to specifically mention a Bluetooth module connected via the USB port and a remote control unit also connected via the USB. If you are curious to see the entire list of available Shuttle accessories, you can go here. Although the information about the accessories compatibility with some particular barebone models surprised me a lot. For instance, they claim that the Shuttle carry bag doesn’t fit for all Shuttle barebones, eve though their dimensions hardly differ by more than 5mm. Anyway, I suggest that you inquire about the accessories compatibility at Shuttle tech support or at your local reseller just to make sure.
However, let’s return to our mainboard, which is the basis of SN85G4 system. Now I would like to dwell a little bit on the BIOS Setup. Since SFF PCs become more and more functional, BIOS Setup also improves a lot. The first SFF PCs didn’t offer any options for system fine-tuning or overclocking. Now the situation is completely different and the manufacturers provide their barebone products with all possible overclocking-friendly features. Although they still cannot catch up with the “regular” systems in this respect. Well, let’s see what the BIOS of our FN85 mainboard offers us.
At first we will check the Frequency/Voltage Control section. Unfortunately, there are no options for frequency adjustment at all, only voltages are subject to change. We can change the processor Vcore from 0.8V up to 1.7V with 0.025V increment, Vdimm from 2.6V to 2.9V with 0.1V increment, Vagp from 1.6V to 1.8V with 0.1 increment, and the chipset voltage alongside with the voltage of the HyperTransport bus, which is still called LDT (Lighting data Transport). I wouldn’t call these features extremely outstanding, but they are definitely worth your attention.