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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/ModelShuttle XPC SN27P2
Internet Websiteshuttle.com
Dimensions12.8" x 8.7" x 8.3" (325 x 220 x 210 mm)
Price$370
Ports and Connectors
Case Front
Audio1 x Microphone, 1 x Headphone
USB2 x USB 2.0 Type A
Firewire IEEE 1394a1 x 4 pin
ButtonsPower On, Eject
Card ReaderOptional
DisplayNone
Case Rear
PS/2None
Monitor outputNone
USB4 x USB 2.0 Type A
Firewire IEEE 13941 x 6 pin
Serial / Parallel PortsNone / None
SATA / eSATA1 x / None
Clear CMOSYes
Sound analog5 x
Sound digitalYes: SPDIF / optical
LAN10/100/1000
W-LANoptional
Fans
CPU1 x
Power Supply1 x
System/Case2 x
Chipsetactive
Motherboard
MotherboardFN27V10
Supported CPUsAMD Athlon 64, Athlon 64 FX, Athlon 64 X2 or Sempron
Socket940
Hyper-Transport1000 MHz
NorthbridgeNVIDIA nForce 4 - 570 Ultra MCP (MCP55-Ultra)
SouthbridgeNein
Memory
Memory typeDDRII
Memory speeds667 / 800
Memory modeDual Channel
Memory slots4 x
Max memory capacity8 GByte
Internal I/O Components
Media & communications processornForce 570 MCP / IT8712F
Storage Ports IDE1 x UltraATA/133
Storage Ports Serial ATA3 x S-ATA 300 + 1 x external
RAID SupportYes
Network ControllerMarvell 88E1116 PHY
On-Board Audio
TypeRealtek ALC882
Surround Support7.1 Sound
Expansion slots
PCI 32-Bit1 x
PCI Express 16x1 x
PCI Express 1xNone
Mini-PCINone
Free USB InterfacesNone
Drive Bays
3.5" devices3 x
5.25" devices (optical drive)1 x
Accessories
ManualEnglish
CablesIDE + SATA Cables
SoftwareDriver CD
CPU CoolerShuttle I.C.E. heatpipe cooling system
Power Supply
Vendor / ModelSient X
Maximum power output400 Watts

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