Summary: Despite the cons, I was easily able to work around its flaws. Still wish it had overclocking capability, but considering the highest processors it can take are 95w, i can see why they left it out. Use one as a main pc for my gf and the other is running Boinc with both an x6 and a 630GT.
Pros: Heat direction from CPU was always great on these things. Very low form factor that could fit anywhere.
Cons: Not overclockable :( Outdated DDR2, even for the time these things were popular. PCI Slot is located directly up against the case so no big Video cards. 280w psu limited video cards.
Summary: Not worth the hassle to get one of these shuttles and will stay far away form shuttle for a long time if not for ever.
Pros: its small and quiet when you can get it to turn on
Cons: Wont power on jsut with the amd athlon x3 3.2ghz cpu that newegg had a bundle with this and 2gb ram. it only has a 250w power supply in it and just the basics without a hard drive i am finding needs more then that just to run. This thing is going back with cpu and ram becuase it jsut wont work fo...
Summary: This was my first build with this form factor and I am impressed. It was quick and easy to configure. This was a gift for someone to replace their problematic PC. Build info: - AMD Athlon II X3 450 - Shuttle SA76G2 v2 - Team Elite 2x2GB DDRII 800 - Patriot Torqx2 64GB SSD (w/ Mushkin SSD caddy) -...
Pros: Small form factor, effective cooling solution (not the best, but it works) and enough bays/ports for a basic no-frills PC. Came with a free AMD Athlon II X3 450 processor!
Cons: Due to the age of the motherboard (DDRII only support) the BIOS is not set to AHCI by default like other boards you may buy today. **So hit the BIOS and change from IDE to AHCI before you load your OS.**
Summary: I have an older version of this model, and it has gone from my LAN party pc, to my sister's homework pc, and finally it resides as my personal FTP / VOIP server. Great for: -Children's bedrooms (Throw Linux on it to keep them from goofing off too much.
Pros: -Small -Well built -Cheap
Cons: -"Well engineered." (Makes it slightly harder to work on.)
Summary: Overall this is a great case and I literally had the case from shell to booted in Ubuntu in under 45 minutes, and I really took my time. Only cons I can think of is only 2 slots for DDR2 memory - so much more expensive to put in up to 8GB of memory with 2 mem slots over 4.
Pros: Beautiful case, easy to work with, completely silent
Cons: No retainer clips to use third-party CPU cooling fan, only 2 DDR2 slots
Summary: I had an AMD Athlon x2 7750 (AM2+) processor and DDR2-800 RAM from another system with a failed motherboard. I also had a Radeon HD4670 graphics card too (bus powered). I put those in plus two 500GB drives in RAID 0.
Pros: Compact, well designed, good quality, easy to assemble. If you want a good quality, easy to assemble bare bones, Shuttle is the way to go.
Cons: If you load it up with drives and a graphics card its going to get warm. Be aware of its power limitations (power supply and cooling). See my other thoughts for what I put in the system.
Pros: Great piece of hardware for general office & business use. It's small, simple and fast to build. We have 14 Shuttles in our business ranging from very old SK 21G series to the SA 76G2. A few of the 2010 era SA 76's did have issues with failing video and required adding a video card. The past (3) ...