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Shuttle XPC SG33G50 Intel G33 Express SFF PC Review

Shuttle XPC SG33G50 Intel G33 Express SFF PC Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: In this review, PCSTATS will be testing out Shuttle's glossy-black XPC SG33G50 small formfactor barebones PC. Like all barebones computers, the Shuttle XPC SG33G50 includes the case, motherboard, CPU heatsink and powersupply.
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Filed under: Computer / SFF PCs Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Shuttle Dec 07 2007   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Computer / SFF PCs > Shuttle XPC Shuttle SG33G50

Inside the Shuttle XPC SG33G50

Starting from the left we find a 40mm PSU fan, the main power connector, the 15 pin analog display port and the HDMI port. In the middle is a honeycomb grill for the CPU fan exhaust, below that is a IEEE 1394a port, four USB ports, two eSATA ports, a Gigabit networking connection and the 7.1 channel audio connectors.

At the top right hand corner you'll find an optical SPDIF audio output and below that are the PCI/PCI Express expansion slots. To the right of the grey audio socket is the Clear CMOS button. It's not identified but it's there in case you need to reset the BIOS without having to open the case.

To get into the Shuttle XPC SG33G50, just undo the three thumb screws at the back, slide the aluminum cover back about 2 cm and then lift it off. Once the outer shell has been removed, you'll be greeted by a drive cage. To remove it, undo two screws which attach the cage to the chassis and it will slide out nice and easy.

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Once the drive cage has been removed, the motherboard is fully exposed and you can install the Intel LGA775 processor, heatsink, and memory easier. Thanks to Shuttle's excellent internal chassis design, both the CPU and memory can technically be installed with the drive cage in place, it's just easier when it's removed (and it can be pulled out with all the drives still in place).

Once the drive cage has been removed, the motherboard is fully exposed. Starting from the top left hand corner there are three internal Serial ATA ports, one IDE port, the two red DDR2 memory slots, and the Serial ATA/floppy power connectors.

Shuttle covers the Intel G33 Express chipset with a medium sized passive aluminum heatsink and the ICH9DH with a smaller passive cooler. To the right of the Intel G33 Express chipset is the LGA775 Intel CPU socket. In the picture above it is covered by the custom Shuttle thermal solution.

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Contents of Article: Shuttle XPC Shuttle SG33G50
 Pg 1.  Shuttle XPC SG33G50 Intel G33 Express SFF PC Review
 Pg 2.  Bring your own Accessories
 Pg 3.  The External Features
 Pg 4.  — Inside the Shuttle XPC SG33G50
 Pg 5.  Closer look at the SFF PC
 Pg 6.  Shuttle XPC Gallery
 Pg 7.  Overclocking the Shuttle XPC SG33G50 / BIOS
 Pg 8.  Prelude to Benchmarks and Test Specs
 Pg 9.  SFF PC Benchmarks: SYSmark 2007 Preview, SiSoft Sandra XIb
 Pg 10.  SFF PC Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 11.  SFF PC Benchmarks: Doom 3, FEAR
 Pg 12.  It's a nice SFF PC, that much is for sure

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