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Shuttle XPC SD11G5 Small Formfactor PC Review

Shuttle XPC SD11G5 Small Formfactor PC Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: To reach a happy silent equilibrium, the Shuttle XPC SD11G5 is powered by a mobile Intel Pentium M processor.
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Filed under: Computer / SFF PCs Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Shuttle Inc. Dec 30 2005   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Computer / SFF PCs > Shuttle Inc. XPC SD11G5

Internal Components and Installation

The Intel Pentium M processor uses the FCPGA form factor and installs via a Zero Insertion Force (ZIF) 479 socket. To install the processor, a user first needs to make sure the CPU lock is set to open, then gently place the processor into the socket. If there is any resistance, then there is something wrong, take out the processor and repeat the process making sure its pins are aligned properly.

Once the Pentium M processor has been seated fully, turn the lock clockwise, you might feel some resistance near the half way point but that is normal.

Installing the custom Shuttle ICE heatsink is very simple and can be done without tools. Shuttle supplies white silicon thermal paste in the kit, and recommends the heatsink be torqued down by adjusting the screws in criss cross pattern so that the pressure is distributed evenly.

When installing the heatsink, use a bit of caution since the heatpipes are fragile and can bend easily. After the CPU heatsink has been secured, slide the fan shroud down over top of the aluminum radiator. It might seem like a tight squeeze, but Shuttle designed the setup so it will slide over. There is tape along the edge of the aluminum radiator to keep the fins in position and prevent rattling sounds. Little rubber washers where the shroud attaches to the frame keep transient noises down as well.

With the shroud in place, it need only be secured with the four thumb screws at the back of the case. Don't forget to re-connect the four pin fan power cable to the motherboard fan header too. After that, the drives can be installed on the drive rack and it placed back into position within the chassis (as seen below, but empty).

During operation, the 92mm temperature controlled Shuttle fan is very quiet because it spins only as fast as necessary to keep the processor running at a comfortable temperature. The features Shuttle has built into its XPC SD11G5 small form factor PC all add up to one pleasantly silent package.

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Contents of Article: Shuttle Inc. XPC SD11G5
 Pg 1.  Shuttle XPC SD11G5 Small Formfactor PC Review
 Pg 2.  Overview of Features and Accessibility
 Pg 3.  External features of the SFF case
 Pg 4.  Rear I/O Connections and Heatsink System
 Pg 5.  — Internal Components and Installation
 Pg 6.  Memory and Expansion Cards
 Pg 7.  PCI Express x16 Videocard Installation
 Pg 8.  XPC SD11G5 BIOS Options
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: SYSMark 2004
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, PCMark05
 Pg 13.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 14.  Comanche 4, X2: The Threat
 Pg 15.  Benchmarks: UT2003, UT2004
 Pg 16.  Benchmarks: Doom 3, Conclusion

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