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Shuttle XPC SB81P Barebones Runs Cool and Quiet

Conclusion

With the XPC SB81P Shuttle has shown that the latest technologies like PCI Express and Socket 775 don't have to stop short at Barebones. CPU cooling is done quickly and effectively by a clever system made up of fans and heatpipe to remove heat generated by the CPU's high dissipation levels before it is able to heat up the Barebones' interior. Under full load the CPU exhaust reaches a good 50°C, which is remarkable at a decibel level of 41 dB(A).

Technical Data

Manufacturer and ModelShuttle XPC SB81P
Dimensions330 x 220 x 220mm
Connections & Controls
Front
Audio1x mic & 1x headphones
USB2x USB 2.0 Type A
FireWire IEEE 13941x 6-pin
Card readerSD, MMC, SM, CF, MS
ButtonsReset, Power On
Drive Bays1x 5.25" & 1x 3.5"
Back
PS/2
Monitor-out1x VGA, (not DVI)
USB2x USB 2.0 Type A
FireWire IEEE 13941x 6-pin
Serial / parallel port1x / no
Sound5x (usable as 7.1)
SP-DIF1x in, 1 x out
Coaxial RCAno
LAN1x (10/100/1000)
S-Videono
Composite (Cinch)no
Modemno
Fans
CPU1x 85mm (310 g)
Power supply1x 80mm
System/Case2x 60mm
Motherboard
CPU supportIntel Pentium 4 (incl. Prescott)
SocketLGA775
FSB clock533, 800 MHz
NorthbridgeIntel 915G/Grantsdale
SouthbridgeIntel ICH6R
Memory
TypeDDR SDRAM
ClassificationDDR333, DDR400
ModeDual-Channel
No. of slots2
Max. memory4 GB
ECC/Registered Memoryno/no
Onboard Graphics
Manufacturer/ChipsetIntel 915G/Grantsdale
Memory in MBFramebuffer 1, 4, 8, 16, 32Fixed memory 64 or 128
internal I/O components
Storage ControllerICH6-R
Storage Ports IDE1x UltraATA/100
Storage Ports Serial ATA4x S-ATA 150
RAID Supportyes, only via S-ATA
Floppy Controlleryes
Network ControllerBroadcom Gigabit
Expansion slots
PCI Slots1x 32 Bit PCI 2.3
PCI Express Slots1x (16 Lanes)
AGP Slotsno
On-Board Audio
TypeAC97 2.2
Surround support7.1 Channel
User ManualEnglish
CablesS-ATA, IDE
Remote Controlno
SoftwareDriver, InterVideo Home Theater