Shuttle's XPC SB77G5: A Small Form-Factor for Intel Pentium 4 with Socket 775


Before you buy an XPC SB77G5 you should know exactly what you intend to do with it. Although the SFF PC can be fitted with the latest CPUs, you’ll have to make do with an AGP graphics card. The memory interface is only compatible with an older standard, too.

However, anyone who still has hardware lying around at home should go ahead and get this new XPC. The cooling system is a real plus point, as it hums along at an acceptable noise level even with a 3.4 GHz Prescott CPU. And again, with Socket 775 on board, you also have the option of upgrading later to an even faster CPU. On the flip side, the memory and graphics interfaces are based on already outdated standards.

If you don’t have any extra hardware to spare, you’ll be better off paying the extra $50 for the SB81P, which is equipped with PCI Express for graphics cards, or another $50 on top of that for a SFF PC with PCIe and DDR-II memory.

Test Setup

CPU Intel Pentium 4 550 (3.4 GHz)
System memory 2x Corsair CMX512-400Pro
Hard drive Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9, 80 GB, SATA-Interface
Optical drive Genuine 16x DVD
Graphics card MSI MX4000-T64

Technical Data

Manufacturer and Model Shuttle XPC SB77G5
Dimensions 11.8 x 7.9 x 7.1 inches (300 x 200 x 180 mm)
Price $320
Connections and Functions
Audio 1x mic and 1x headphones
USB 2x USB 2.0 Type A
Firewire IEEE 1394a 1x 4-pin
Buttons Reset, Power On, Eject
Drive bays 1x 5.25" and 1x 3.5"
PS/2 2x for mouse and keyboard
Monitor out no
USB 2x USB 2.0 Type A
FireWire IEEE 1394 1x 6-pin
Serial / Parallel Port 2x / no (optional)
Sound 5x (usable as 7.1)
SP-DIF 1x in, 1 x out
LAN 10/100/1000
CPU 1x 3.6" (92 mm)
PSU 1x 1.6" (40 mm)
CPU support Intel Pentium 4 (incl. Prescott)
Socket FC-LGA775
FSB clock 533, 800 MHz
Northbridge Intel i875P
Southbridge Intel ICH5R
Classification DDR333, DDR400
Mode Dual-Channel
Number of memory slots 2
Max memory 2 GB
internal I/O components
Storage controller ICH5R
Storage Ports IDE 2x UltraATA/100
Storage Ports Serial ATA 2x S-ATA 150
RAID Support yes, only S-ATA (Raid 0,1)
Floppy Controller yes
Network Controller Broadcom 5788
Firewire IEEE1394A VIA VT6307
Expansion slots
PCI Slots 1x 32 Bit PCI 2.3
AGP Slots 1 x AGP 8x
On-Board Audio
Type Realtek ALC658
Surround Support 7.1 Channel
Shuttle PC40N250EV
User manual English
Cable S-ATA, IDE
Software Drivers, Utilities
CPU cooler I.C.E. CPU cooler with heatpipes
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