The Shuttle SX48P2 system has proven that it is a very fast system. It is not without flaws, but Shuttle definitely offered an extremely high-end machine that is not limited performance-wise by being a small form-factor (SFF) PC.
- Exceptionally fast system
- Very good cable management
- High-quality construction
- Solid-state capacitors throughout
- Able to use large video cards
- Overheating under heavy gaming/overclocking loads
- Loud system fans under heavy load
- Loud HDD access during activity
- Front-access door could be more solid
- No PCI slot
- Fingerprint reader accuracy problems
This system even worked well when things did not go as expected. If an overclocking setting was too aggressive, it was easy to reset the BIOS by pressing the button on the back of the system. Shuttle provided the high-end hardware with a super fast-CPU and GPU and a quality motherboard that met most expectations. This was clearly a system that did not sacrifice performance for size.
However, the memory and motherboard had drawbacks as it was difficult to achieve higher FSB numbers when overclocking. Higher FSB speeds do not always translate into better performance but it was surprising that there were not more FSB overclocking possibilities. The system could also use some noise dampening with silicon or rubber grommets for the HDD and noise-absorbing material inside the cover to muffle HDD activity. The system is not cheap by any means but Shuttle does offer warranty coverage for overclocking. Indeed, the warranty is impressive, but it should be, considering the cost of the system.
The SX48P2 fits a very niche market for a SFF system that can run the fastest GPUs and CPUs, but otherwise it brings little value compared to the X38- or P35-based systems. For the price, you'd be better served by our immensely more powerful System Builder Marathon: $5,000 configuration.
lol i didnt even have to read the article since you put the conclusion right in the description on the main page.. but i guess it couldnt have ended any other way. overpriced.
Well I don't see that in the article anywhere. It would seem that you might be quoting something else but the concussion is true. For those looking for a SFF it is overpriced for what it provides. You can say the same about any customer builder, Falcon Northwest, Alienware and so forth. They all sell their products for a huge premium but they do give you warranties on your "super fast and overclocked system". For me, I really like the SFF so I buy the barebones version of Shuttles products and am very happy with them.
nontheless, it is one cool looking thing and has more performance than most gamers need, and you are a lucky guy to have their products.
but until i transform into a really hardcore gamer, and have a couple grand laying (lying?) around im just gonna stick with my trusty intel e6420 overclocked by 50% and a thermaltake big-typ vx-10.. something that would have a hard time fitting in there
The reason I like the Shuttle boxes is that they take up little room and you generally do not give up much. Now that said they do lack expandability but of course I can put three in the space of a full tower case. Look at the barebones units, they are very affordable but then again if something fails you have to get their board to fix it and that is not cheap.
It's based on the Nforce2 so it has good audio by Nvidia, firewire, great access up front w/ 2ea USB, Mini 1394 in front, normal in back, speaker, mic, headphone jacks up front, memory card readers up front, mirror finish up front, quiet, reliable as hell. It's actually now my wife's rig as I've built 2 new computer since handing it down, but it's pretty awesome. I will repurpose it as a media PC/Console Emulator when the time comes she wants a new one. In conclusion, a very positive experience from a Shuttle product.