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Shuttle XPC SG33G50 Intel G33 Express SFF PC Review

Shuttle XPC SG33G50 Intel G33 Express SFF PC Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: In this review, PCSTATS will be testing out Shuttle's glossy-black XPC SG33G50 small formfactor barebones PC. Like all barebones computers, the Shuttle XPC SG33G50 includes the case, motherboard, CPU heatsink and powersupply.
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External Mfg. Website: Shuttle Dec 07 2007   Colin Sun  
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Bring your own Accessories

Since the Shuttle XPC SG33G50 is a barebones computer, you'll need to provide your own socket 775 Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a Serial ATA hard drive or two, Serial ATA/IDE optical drive, DDR-2 memory, and things like a floppy disk or media reader bay.

Once you have all these items, assembly is really quite simple and not particularly time consuming for novices and computer junkies alike.

Shuttle include a large poster sized quick installation guide to help direct you through the many steps of computer building, but the layout of this SFF chassis is so intuitive that you really only need to read up on the heatsink and processor installation steps.

Organized Cables Keep a PC Happy

Installing the Intel Core 2 Duo processor, adding thermal compound, positioning the heatsink and then carefully tightening down the retaining screws is the only tricky bit.

Optical and hard drives all mount into one detachable aluminum tray, and the necessary power and data cables are pre-routed to the general vicinity which is a nice touch. Cable routing is one of the hallmarks of the XPC SG33G50 small formfactor computer, and since the wires are already cut to length there's no way you can create a rats nest of messy wires. Nice.

All the data cables included are custom-length, so you won't have to worry about stashing the excess out of the way. This is one area where Shuttle is far ahead of its competition. When fully installed, the Shuttle XPC SG33G50 Small Formfactor PC runs pretty quietly. Be mindful of leaving at least 6" or 15cm at the back of the computer unobstructed so the hot air from inside the PC can exit the system easily.

High Definition Video Ouput with HDMI!

One of the most interesting features of the Shuttle XPC SG33G50 is its support for HDMI.

HDMI is one of those technologies native to the onboard Intel GMA 3100 videocard. What it represents is a quick and easy way for you to connect a high definition TV to a to this PC with just a one slim cable. It also means you can output video without having to purchase and install a stand alone videocard.

The onboard Intel GMA 3100 videocard outputs an audio signal through the HDMI connector, along with video, so there's no need to connect an audio line from the computer to the TV. Team that up with the fact that the onboard Intel videocard is HDCP compliant, and well... you've got yourself a well rounded graphics solution.

The Shuttle XPC SG33G50 supports analog and DVI monitor connections, but take a slightly different approach with the DVI connector. To hook up a monitor with a DVI cable, you'll have to plug in the included HDMI-to-DVI display adaptor. Insert it into the HDMI slot and viola you're done. For the workstation users, the XPC SG33G50 supports dual monitors (one analog, one DVI) so you can run a digital and analog display through the onboard videocard concurrently. It is not possible to HDMI to a television and DVI to a monitor at the same time, for obvious reasons.

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Contents of Article: Shuttle XPC Shuttle SG33G50
 Pg 1.  Shuttle XPC SG33G50 Intel G33 Express SFF PC Review
 Pg 2.  — Bring your own Accessories
 Pg 3.  The External Features
 Pg 4.  Inside the Shuttle XPC SG33G50
 Pg 5.  Closer look at the SFF PC
 Pg 6.  Shuttle XPC Gallery
 Pg 7.  Overclocking the Shuttle XPC SG33G50 / BIOS
 Pg 8.  Prelude to Benchmarks and Test Specs
 Pg 9.  SFF PC Benchmarks: SYSmark 2007 Preview, SiSoft Sandra XIb
 Pg 10.  SFF PC Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 11.  SFF PC Benchmarks: Doom 3, FEAR
 Pg 12.  It's a nice SFF PC, that much is for sure

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