Shuttle XPC SN27P2: A Mini-PC for Athlon AM2 Processors

Summary And Conclusions: A Good Concept Overall

Front ports are tucked away behind a swing-down plastic door

The new Shuttle Mini-PC makes an excellent impression overall. Even with the AM2 version of the high-end Athlon 64 X2 5000+ in place, the Shuttle XPC SN27P2 stays comfortably quiet under heavy load. Thanks to good ventilation and ample cooling, the interior of this Mini-PC stays relatively cool, without danger of overheating. Our only regret is that the hard disk cages included no acoustic decoupling, though purchase of some silicone or rubber grommets to put between the cage and the case could correct that easily. This is a minor issue that Shuttle could address with little effort or expense.

Vendor/Model Shuttle XPC SN27P2
Internet Website
Dimensions 12.8" x 8.7" x 8.3" (325 x 220 x 210 mm)
Price $370
Ports and Connectors
Case Front
Audio 1 x Microphone, 1 x Headphone
USB 2 x USB 2.0 Type A
Firewire IEEE 1394a 1 x 4 pin
Buttons Power On, Eject
Card Reader Optional
Display None
Case Rear
PS/2 None
Monitor output None
USB 4 x USB 2.0 Type A
Firewire IEEE 1394 1 x 6 pin
Serial / Parallel Ports None / None
SATA / eSATA 1 x / None
Clear CMOS Yes
Sound analog 5 x
Sound digital Yes: SPDIF / optical
LAN 10/100/1000
W-LAN optional
CPU 1 x
Power Supply 1 x
System/Case 2 x
Chipset active
Motherboard FN27V10
Supported CPUs AMD Athlon 64, Athlon 64 FX, Athlon 64 X2 or Sempron
Socket 940
Hyper-Transport 1000 MHz
Northbridge NVIDIA nForce 4 - 570 Ultra MCP (MCP55-Ultra)
Southbridge Nein
Memory type DDRII
Memory speeds 667 / 800
Memory mode Dual Channel
Memory slots 4 x
Max memory capacity 8 GByte
Internal I/O Components
Media & communications processor nForce 570 MCP / IT8712F
Storage Ports IDE 1 x UltraATA/133
Storage Ports Serial ATA 3 x S-ATA 300 + 1 x external
RAID Support Yes
Network Controller Marvell 88E1116 PHY
On-Board Audio
Type Realtek ALC882
Surround Support 7.1 Sound
Expansion slots
PCI 32-Bit 1 x
PCI Express 16x 1 x
PCI Express 1x None
Mini-PCI None
Free USB Interfaces None
Drive Bays
3.5" devices 3 x
5.25" devices (optical drive) 1 x
Manual English
Cables IDE + SATA Cables
Software Driver CD
CPU Cooler Shuttle I.C.E. heatpipe cooling system
Power Supply
Vendor / Model Sient X
Maximum power output 400 Watts

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