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Review: Shuttle SN68SG2 Desktop PC

The small form factor of the Shuttle SN68SG2 Desktop PC is the perfect solution for tight cubicles, offices, and other spaces where a standard desktop will not fit.

The small form factor of the Shuttle SN68SG2 Desktop PC is the perfect solution for tight cubicles, offices, and other spaces where a standard desktop will not fit. But sometimes those tiny PCs suffer from serious heat issues. The desktop PCs from Shuttle take a very different approach to this problem and the results are impressive. The SN686G2 is one of the mid-range offerings from Shuttle that make the small form factor a viable solution for the business.

Specifications

  • Processor Interface: Socket AM2
  • Supported Processors: AMD Athlon 64, AMD Sempron, AMD Athlon 64 X2
  • Memory Type: DDR2
  • Memory Size: 2 x1024MB (2GB)
  • Front side bus: 1000 MHz
  • Memory speed: 800 MHz
  • Northbridge: Nvidia Geforce 725
  • Southbridge: Nvidia nForce 630a
  • Audio Chipset: Realtek ALC888
  • Hard Drive Interface: ATA/133
  • Additional information

Who's it for?

The Shuttle is an ideal solution for any deployment requiring a small form factor, but needing speed, solid video, no extra cooling, and a low price point. This solution can be purchased in both a complete package or as bare bones.

What problem does it solve?

The Shuttle SN68SG2 solves the problem of squeezing a lot of performance into a tiny form factor without worrying about heat or noise.

Standout features

  • I.C.E 2 Cooling System: Uses convection to convey heat from the CPU via heat pipes into a large fan which draws the heat out of the system.
  • Integrated Nvidia chipset: The on board video chipset is one of the finest examples of how on board video can succeed on a budget.
  • Easy setup: The Shuttle bare bones are some of the easiest bare bone kits to build. Even with the small form factor the case and motherboard are setup such that the build process is simple and quick.

What's wrong?

The biggest issue with the Shuttle is the limitation the size will place on expansion. This, however, shouldn't be an issue because the Shuttle is purchased with size being the primary selling point. But the buyer must be aware that expansion is limited.

Another issue is video. Although the on board video is adequate (does 3D graphics fairly well) if heavy duty video is needed, cooling issues will quickly become a problem. More powerful video cards will take up a large amount of space, which will hinder air flow in the small case.

Competitive products

Bottom line for business

If you are looking for a small form factor bare bones that can be built to be a fairly powerful machine, yet not suffer from excessive noise or heat, this Shuttle is for you. The I.C.E. 2 cooling system is one of the more efficient cooling systems on the market; it will keep your machine hovering around 40 degrees Celsius no matter what you throw at it.

User rating

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8 comments
LyleTaylor
LyleTaylor

Wow, a 10GHz FSB! Wouldn't that be nice. ;-)

muthumani.murali
muthumani.murali

Space Conscious Desk Top. A space Saver to Retailers. Counters would be more spacious

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Do you deploy many non-standard form factor personal computers / workstations in your organization?

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Had an extra zero in there didn't we. It is fixed now - a 1000MHz (1GHz) FSB.

betomiller
betomiller

We've used several Shuttle products 24/7 for the past 6 years and found them to be reliable, much more so than other brands. We opted for an ATI video card on one box, while the others use the motherboard-based video. Two card slots are adequate for our needs.

Jeffrey Turmelle
Jeffrey Turmelle

We have about 20 mac minis (about 1/3 of our staff) deployed in our organization. The staff could care less about the size of their computers though. For the IT department it is much easier for support.

yschoo1
yschoo1

For people who browse and e-mail, well, Mac Mini is the cutest machine one could have.