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Shuttle SB52G2: Mini-Server With No AGP, Continued

No one can point to a richer product portfolio than Shuttle - the XPC series has now been expanded comprehensively. We have already tested various systems for the AMD and Intel platform, with and without heat pipe, in previous tests. The results showed good processing, high performance, flexibility and generous equipment features. The manufacturer received bitter criticism for the extremely loud operating noise and lack of a defined ventilation system, despite being equipped with a heat pipe. Compared to the other solutions, the bare-bones device manages without an AGP slot. The basis for all P4 processors is the Intel 845GV chipset.

Shuttle touts the virtues of the SB52G2 as a sort of mini-server that can be used in the smaller departments of a business. But even the ambitious home user whose focus is not exactly on 3D games can use the SB52G for many tasks. Along with the AGP slot, Shuttle also does without the FireWire and DVI interface, which is included with most other models in the XPC series. Considering its recommended use, a DVI interface would not be a bad idea, as TFT displays for direct control are becoming increasingly the rule. But for all that, the computer comes in four different colors - our test system was entirely black enamel, except for the silver-tone front panel, made of aluminum. A wide assortment of optional accessories is available from Shuttle, ranging from a carrying case (perhaps for a LAN party?) to front panels and a remote control. The SB52G2 version has two LAN ports, one with 1 GB and one with 100 MB.

The high-quality workmanship can also be seen in the detailed view.

View of the control elements on the front panel.

Ports on the back: the user may want a DVI output in addition, if the SB52G is to be used as an office solution.