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Shuttle's Small Form Factor  
The Napoleon of PCs: Shuttle's Socket 939 SFF PC
By Loyd Case


The small, cube-shaped PCs pioneered by Shuttle are becoming almost blasé. We're starting to see an endless stream of small-form-factor systems based around the Intel 865G chipset or, more recently, socket 754 systems in miniature. Shuttle seems to be the only manufacturer who tries to push the performance envelope in these tiny PCs. The company still produces the only small-form-factor system we've seen that uses the Intel 875P chipset. While there are other LGA775 systems based on the 915G chipset now, Shuttle's SB81P was one of the first to hit the market and is still today the most refined.

So along comes Shuttle with a socket 939 system for users who crave maximum Athlon 64 performance in a small package. Using Nvidia's Nforce3 Ultra chipset, the SN95G4 fully supports the socket 939 format, including the 128-bit memory controller. Like Napoleon Bonaparte, Shuttle seems to hunger for power in a small package.
The SN95G4
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SN95G4 from the Rear
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So now Shuttle has a pair of fairly modern systems: one based on Intel's 915G, the other running nVidia's nForce3 Ultra. We figured it would be fun to compare the two, using CPUs that are roughly in the same ballpark. Continued...

     
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