XPC SB81P: Tom’s Hardware reviews

2004/07/06

Tom’s Hardware, a premier resource of hard-hitting articles and reports for tech-savvy IT professionals, technology innovators and early adopters, has taken a first look at the benchmark XPC SB81P. This innovative XPC redesigns traditional desktop architecture and offers user’s the only serious solution to accommodate cutting-edge Intel® LGA 775 Pentium®4 processors.

“Shuttles of new bar-setting SFF computer convinces even in the preproduction model,” gushed Siggy Moersc. “With the XPC SP81P, Shuttle shows that the newest technology such as PCI-Express can be successfully integrated into a 775 based SFF machine.”
At only 14.7 liters, the XPC SB81P packs in every piece of new technology imaginable — 16X PCI-E, Socket 775 CPU’s, Intel 915G + ICH6-R, 3 Serial ATA HD bays, tool less installation, RAID (0,1), integrated Gigabit LAN, advanced 1/0 and integrated MGA900 video. Further, it stays cool and quiet with Shuttle’s intelligently engineered airflow mechanics and ICE technology.

“The new cooling system in the SB81P ensures that despite the small case, all hardware components stay cool,” said Moersc. Better still, “heat from the CPU is exhausted fast and effectively from the case before it warms up the case,” making the entire cooling system one of the best in the industry.

Finally, Siggy praises the SB81P for its ability to operate quietly even under full load. “Under full load the CPU operates at just 50ºC while the noise level is only 41dB, remarkable.”

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