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Shuttle XPC SN27P2 Small Formfactor Socket AM2 Barebones PC Review

Shuttle XPC SN27P2 Small Formfactor Socket AM2 Barebones PC Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: **UPDATED with EOL REPORT.** Shuttle's latest Small Formfactor PC is its XPC SN27P2 which is based around nVIDIA's nForce 570 Ultra chipset and supports 940-pin socket AM2 processor.
Filed under: Computer / SFF PCs Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Shuttle Jun 06 2006   Max Page  
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Expansion Options and Ports

Things are definitely busy at the rear of the Shuttle XPC SN27P2 case. Starting from the left, we find the PCI Express x16 and PCI expansion slots, and the little button there is a Clear CMOS button (handy if you tend to do a lot of overclocking).

There are a total of six USB 2.0 slots along with an IEEE 1394a Firewire and a eSATA jack. You'll also find a Gigabit Ethernet network jack, and various audio jacks from SPDIF to digital output along with the traditional audio ports. At the top of the chassis are spaced for a few extra items, non of which come standard with this particular model.

Above the power supply the are two 70mm exhaust fans set to blow through some rather poorly thought-out cooling vents in the aluminum chassis.

The fans are mounted right up against the aluminum sheet metal without any space for a plenum, and the vent holes are about as small as you can possibly get. It's really tempting to just cut this section of the chassis right out, and replace it with a couple wire grills... if there is anything to criticize about the Shuttle XPC SN27P2 it's this spot. On the inside, we at least find the cooling fans are properly shielded from stray wires which might gum them up.

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Contents of Article: Shuttle XPC SN27P2
 Pg 1.  Shuttle XPC SN27P2 Small Formfactor Socket AM2 Barebones PC Review
 Pg 2.  BYOC - Bring Your Own CPU
 Pg 3.  AM2 Small Formfactor Chassis
 Pg 4.  — Expansion Options and Ports
 Pg 5.  Inside the Shuttle XPC SN27P2
 Pg 6.  AM2 Cooling Inside the XPC SN27P2
 Pg 7.  Hard Drives Inside the XPC SN27P2
 Pg 8.  Shuttle XPC SN27P2 Photo Gallery
 Pg 9.  Cooling in the XPC SN27P2 Photo Gallery
 Pg 10.  Overclocking the Shuttle XPC SN27P2 / BIOS
 Pg 11.  Prelude to Benchmarks: SYSMark 2004
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 13.  Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 14.  3DMark06, FarCry, X3: Reunion
 Pg 15.  Benchmarks: Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 16.  Shuttle's First Socket AM2 small formfactor PC

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