A Slick, Innovative Cube: Shuttles XPC SB81P

By Jason Cross  |  Posted 2004-08-31 Print this article Print

Review: Shuttle is one again in the vanguard, this time bringing Intel's new 915 chipset and PCI Express to a small-form-factor computer. The new Shuttle SB81P introduces some innovations to the SFF cube market, but is innovation enough? (Extrem

Shuttle is a pioneer of small-form-factor computers, and the company is often among the first to incorporate the latest platform developments into barebones cube PCs. This trend continues with the new XPC SB81P system, one of the first to be built on the Intel 915G chipset and to support new LGA775-socket processors. But the new chipset and processor support are not the only tricks up Shuttles sleeve. The system brings a cool implementation of tool-less drive installation, an innovative CPU thermal solution, and a sharp case design. To find out if all this justifies its premium price of $299 for you, read on.

Jason Cross Jason was a certified computer geek at an early age, playing with his family's Apple II when he was still barely able to write. It didn't take long for him to start playing with the hardware, adding in 80-column cards and additional RAM as his family moved up through Apple II+, IIe, IIgs, and eventually the Macintosh. He was sucked into Intel based side of the PC world by his friend's 8088 (at the time, the height of sophisticated technology), and this kicked off a never-ending string of PC purchases and upgrades.

Through college, where he bounced among several different majors before earning a degree in Asian Studies, Jason started to pull down freelance assignments writing about his favorite hobby—,video and computer games. It was shortly after graduation that he found himself, a thin-blooded Floridian, freezing his face off at Computer Games Magazine in Vermont, where he founded the hardware and technology section and built it up over five years before joining the ranks at ExtremeTech and moving out to beautiful northern California. When not scraping up his hands on the inside of a PC case, you can invariably find Jason knee-deep in a PC game, engrossed in the latest console title, or at the movie theater.


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