Based on the 915GM+ICH6M chipset, the [ Shuttle SD11G5 XPC] supports almost all of the new technologies such as SATA, DDR2 for which Shuttle provides two slots and PCI Express which is provided in the form of one x16 slot and another x1 slot. Since this is a G version of the chipset, you have onboard video in the form of Intel GMA 900 and Shuttle does good by not only providing DSUB and DVI connections, but an S-Video output port as well allowing you to connect the XPC directly to the TV.
Overall, we must say that we’re impressed with the SD11G5. It runs cool, doesnt make a lot of noise and produces good numbers- especially in gaming. We also like the fact that Shuttle has used a Creative onboard audio solution and provided S-Video output out of the box. It could’ve used a 32-bit PCI slot instead of the PCI-E x1 slot for adding a TV Tuner card and Shuttle could’ve provided better overclocking options which we can hope for in a BIOS update, but besides these couple of things, we really like the SD11G5.
Published in: Hardware on 2005-10-20