This latest cube-format sensation boasts a plethora of features, and plenty of performance to boot. Its basic configuration, based on its Intel G33/ICH9DH chipset, with its support of Intel Core 2 Quad, Intel Core 2 Duo E6000/E4000 series, Pentium Dual-Core E2000 series and Celeron 400 series processors, speaks for itself. If desired, the Shuttle XPC Barebone SG33G5's black, brush-finished aluminium chassis can accommodate up to 4 GB of DDR2-800 memory in dual-channel mode, and SATA hard drives be connected utilising one of three internal SATA300 ports or externally via eSATA.
Other features include the ability to run Windows Vista's Aero interface without any problems, thanks to its DirectX 9 compatible Intel GMA 3100 graphics chips, and a HDMI output at the back of the computer supporting the playback of copy protection HDCP high-definition content. Of course, DVI displays can be connected through a HDMI/DVI adapter, and for enhanced graphics, this Shuttle XPC Barebone also accommodates modern PCI Express graphics cards.
On top of all this a 7.1 Audio chip, with Dolby Digital Live! and DTS Connect certification, puts you right at the centre of the action - whether watching films or playing 3D games - and its audio signal can be transported, via S/PDIF, to connected speakers without any loss in quality.
Finally, a long life is guaranteed by the main board's high quality solid capacitors, and the power needs of the whole system are taken care of by a reliable 250-Watt power supply and its ample power reserves.
Shuttle XPC Barebone SG33G5 (Glamor Series) specifications:
Shuttle's recommended retail price is Euros 303.00 (ex VAT).
Intel G33 Express / ICH9DH Supports Intel Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo E6000/E4000 Series, Pentium Dual-Core E2000 Series, Celeron 400 Series with 775 socket, FSB 1333 Max. 4 GB Dual Channel DDR2 800 (OC to 1066 MHz) 1x PCI-E X16, 1x PCI Gigabit LAN 2x Firewire, 6x USB 2.0 3x SATA2, 2x eSATA 8-channel audio wtih Dolby Digital Live! and DTS Connect DX9 ready Intel GMA3100 graphics with HDMI incl. HDCP 250-Watt power supply 310(L) x 200(W) x 185(H) mm