In the wake of today's Athlon 64 launch, you probably know where I'm going with this.
To celebrate AMD's Athlon 64 launch, Shuttle is serving up a new cube to help ease small form factor enthusiasts into the 64-bit world. The SN85G4 is the world's first 64-bit small form factor system, but there's more to it than that; the SN85G4 is also the first cube to use Shuttle's new "G4" faceplate, and the first in Shuttle's XPC line to integrate a memory card reader.
Is Shuttle's SN85G4 the perfect pint-sized platform for AMD's new Athlon 64? Read on to find out.
Before I overwhelm you with pictures of the SN85G4 from every conceivable angle, let's have a quick peek at this new cube's spec sheet.
|CPU support||Socket 754-based Athlon 64 processors|
|Form factor||Flex ATX (Shuttle form factor)|
|Chipset||NVIDIA nForce3 150|
|PCI slots||1 32-bit/33MHz|
|AGP slots||1, 4X/8X AGP 8X (1.5V only)|
2 184-pin DIMM sockets
Maximum of 2GB of DDR400/333/266 SDRAM
|Storage I/O||Floppy disk
2 channels ATA/133
|Serial ATA||2 channels Serial ATA 150 via Sil 3512A Serial ATA controller|
|RAID||Serial ATA RAID 0, 1 support via Sil 3512A Serial ATA controller|
|Legacy ports||1 PS/2 keyboard, 1 PS/2 mouse, Serial and Parallel ports|
|USB||4 USB 2.0/1.1 ports
2 additional USB 2.0/1.1 used by integrated card reader
|Firewire||2 IEEE 1394 Firewire ports via VT6307 Firewire controller|
|Audio||6-channel audio via nForce3 integrated audio and ALC650 DAC
rear-mounted analog front, rear, surround, and center outputs
shared rear-mounted rear analog line in and microphone inputs
front-mounted analog line in and mic inputs, front output
digital S/PDIF input and output ports (Tos-Link)
|Ethernet||10/100 Fast Ethernet via nForce3 150|
|Bus speeds||FSB: 200-250MHz in 1MHz increments
AGP/PCI: 66-100 in 1MHz increments
Memory: 100, 133, 166, 200MHz
CPU: default, 0.8-1.7V in 0.05V increments
DRAM: default, 2.7-2.9V in 0.1V increments
AGP: default, 1.6-1.8V in 0.1V increments
Chipset: default, 1.7-1.8V in 0.1V increments
LDT: default, 1.3-1.5V in 0.1V increments
|Monitoring||Voltage, fan status, and temperature monitoring|
I'll be going over each of the SN85G4's features and specifications in detail over the course of this review, so you don't need to remember the spec sheet's details.
To get the next few pages of pictures rolling, here's a glamour shot of the SN85G4.
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