13 Barebones Reviewed Are Anything But Square

Shuttle XPC SB83G5: VW Meets Barebone

Another barebone with PCI Express and Socket 775 also comes from Shuttle. However, unlike the XPC SB81P, the SB83G5 only has a normal cooling system based on heatpipe technology. With the heatpipe cooling, the SB83G5 is a little louder than the SB81P. Another difference to the noise level is the increasing temperature values in and on the barebone. They are clearly above those of the XPC SP81P, but still in acceptable ranges. Some corners were also cut on functions like 7.1 sound: the SB83G5 only has one sound chip for 5.1 sound. With regard to serial ATA interfaces, the gray XPC must be content with only 50% of its big brother's allotment. Only two connectors are on the motherboard instead of four. However, that should still be enough for a barebone. This is because more than two disks and one DVD drive won't fit in the small case anyway. The motherboard runs the new Intel i915G/Grantsdale chipset for Socket 775 processors and PCI Express graphics cards. The onboard graphics from the chipset are just enough for 2D and Office applications. If you want more, you will have to move to a PCI Express graphics card. AGP cards can no longer be used.

Silver is the word of the day for the XPC SP85G3

All slots and front connectors are behind covers.
  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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