13 Barebones Reviewed Are Anything But Square

Test Candidates With A PCI Express Slot

Barebones with PCI Express are still rare, but that is sure to change in the near future. Shuttle shows once again who the real barebone makers are. Besides the XPC SB81P, which we already presented, another barebone with PCI Express reached us before the press deadline. It is true that the XPC SB3G5 is based on the same chipset as the XPC SB81P, however, it doesn't have the same luxury configuration and is considerably louder when the CPU is loaded. That is like different car models: everything depends on your taste and financial situation. Thus, the SPC SB83G5 is more like the Volkswagen and the XPC SB81P more like a Mercedes.

AGP - where are you? PCI-Express instead of AGP

Shuttle XPC SB81P: High-end Barebone

The new flagship from Shuttle is really something. The XPC SB81P is the first barebone that is designed for PCI Express and the Intel Socket 775. In addition, Shuttle has built a new cooling system into the SB81P in order to dissipate the thermal power loss of the CPU. The case cover of the Shuttle barebone is not completely closed. Instead, it has a multitude of square vents on both sides. On one side, the air is drawn in through the vents into the case. It is then blown through a flow channel made of plastic, through the heatpipe and the cooling fins of the CPU fan. Then, another fan provides rapid removal of the hot air to the outside on the opposite side. The cooling system works very effectively, because even under full load, the fans weren't loud. The measuring device just showed 41 dB(A), which is an excellent rating.

Black is beautiful

Front connectors are found under a flap
  1. Searching For The Quiet Barebone
  2. The Way It Should Be
  3. The Way It Should Be, Continued
  4. Test Candidates With AGP Graphics Slot
  5. AOpen XC Cube AV (EA65): The Multi-talent
  6. Under The Hood
  7. Pros And Cons
  8. AOpen XC Cube EX65: Design Is A Matter Of Taste
  9. Under The Hood
  10. AOpen XC Cube EY65: A Lot Of Intel Platforms
  11. Under The Hood
  12. ASUS Terminator 2 T2 Offers An Arnold Double Team
  13. Under The Hood
  14. Pros And Cons
  15. MSI MEGA Barebones: Two Unequal Brothers
  16. PC Alert 4: Monitoring of the temperature and fan speed
  17. MSI MEGA180: The AMD Version
  18. Pros And Cons
  19. MSI MEGA865: Suitable For Intel Pentium 4 CPUs
  20. Pros And Cons
  21. Jetway MiniQ Twin: Two Users Simultaneously
  22. Under The Hood
  23. Pros And Cons
  24. Soltek QBic EQ3801A: AMD64 Power Barebone
  25. Under The Hood
  26. Pros And Cons
  27. Test Candidates Without An AGP Graphics Slot
  28. Under The Hood
  29. Pros And Cons
  30. Shuttle XPC ZEN: Smallest Barebone With External Power Supply
  31. Under The Hood
  32. Pros And Cons
  33. Test Candidates With A PCI Express Slot
  34. Under The Hood
  35. Pros And Cons
  36. Shuttle XPC SB83G5: VW Meets Barebone
  37. Under The Hood
  38. Pros And Cons
  39. Noise Measurements: All Candidates At A Glance
  40. Configuration Table
  41. Configuration Table, Continued
  42. Configuration Table, Continued
  43. Test Equipment, Continued
  44. Accessories: Useful, Useless And Comical
  45. Shuttles TFT In An XPC Design
  46. Shuttle XP17, Specifications
  47. Shuttle PC40: Upgrade To Quiet Power Supply
  48. Lights Go On In The Peripheral Connectors
  49. Molex Connector: Let There Be Color
  50. RAM Freezer From Revoltec
  51. Area 51 Is Everywhere: The Aliens Have Landed
  52. Conclusion
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