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Shuttle's XPC SB75G2 small form factor system


Woh Black Betty
— 12:00 AM on November 20, 2003

Manufacturer Shuttle
Model SB75G2
Price (Street) $355
Availability Now

SINCE SHUTTLE first introduced the SV24, the company has managed to produce small form factor systems based on just about every major Pentium 4 chipset. Instead of redesigning its XPC chassis for each new chipset, Shuttle simply whips up a new motherboard to drop into its latest cube. This propensity for putting the motherboard before the cube has helped Shuttle keep its XPC line on the cutting edge of chipset technology without messing with an already popular form factor and chassis.

That trend continues with the XPC SB75G2, which mates Shuttle's classic "G2" chassis with Intel's high-end "Canterwood" 875P Pentium 4 chipset. The SB75G2 is Shuttle's sixth XPC system based on the G2 chassis, and with the recent introduction of new "G4" systems, the SB75G2 may also be Shuttle's last G2 cube. If the SB75G2 is indeed Shuttle's last G2, the chassis is certainly going out with a bang. Read on for the goods on Shuttle's Canterwood cube.

The specs
As usual, we'll start with a quick look at the SB75G2's spec sheet.

CPU support Socket 478-based Intel Pentium 4 processors with 400/533/800MHz front-side bus
Form factor Flex ATX (Shuttle form factor)
Chipset Intel 875P
North bridge Intel 875P MCH
South bridge Intel ICH5R
Interconnect Intel Accelerated Hub (266MB/sec)
PCI slots 1 32-bit/33MHz
AGP slots 1 AGP 4X/8X (1.5V only)
Memory 2 184-pin DIMM sockets
Maximum of 2GB of DDR333/400 SDRAM
Storage I/O Floppy disk
2 channels ATA/100
2 channels Serial ATA 150 via ICH5R south bridge with RAID 0,1 support
Audio 6-channel audio via ICH5R integrated audio and ALC650 codec
Ports 1 PS/2 keyboard
1 PS/2 mouse
2 serial
6
USB 2.0 (2 front, 4 rear)
2 IEEE 1394 ports (1 front, 1 rear) via VT6307 Firewire controller
1 RJ45 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet via Broadcom BCM5788

2 line out/front out (1 front, 1 rear)
1 rear out
1 bass/center out
1 optical SPDIF in
1 optical SPDIF out
1 mic in (front)
1 line in (front)
BIOS Phoenix AwardBIOS
Bus speeds 100-355MHz in 1MHz increments (400-1420MHz quad-pumped)
Bus dividers AGP/PCI/SATA: 66/33/100, 73/36/100, 80/40/100
Voltages CPU: 0.8250-1.5875V in 0.025V increments
DRAM: 2.5, 2.65-2.75V in 0.05V increments
AGP: 1.50-1.65V in 0.05V increments
Monitoring Voltage, fan status, and temperature monitoring

On the surface, the SB75G2 looks like a pretty standard 875P implementation, but Shuttle's take on Intel's Canterwood platform has a few unique twists that I'll be highlighting as we move along. Speaking of moving along, let's get started with the pictures of the all-black SB75G2.