Excerpt: Shuttle has continued to define the Small Form Factor (SFF) Barebones Personal Computer Market by providing solutions for different market segments. The SB52G2 XPC is a model that goes against the trend of many other SFF systems. Offering dual PCI slots, dual Ethernet ports and no AGP slot, the SB52G2 attempts to satisfy a different audience while utilizing the form factor that has made a success out of Shuttle. What is this audience you might ask?
Excerpt: Keeping the integrated NICs in mind we move on to the second potential server application for the SB52G2, a cluster node. The cost on countless 1U rackmount systems for use in a cluster would be quite high. You could stack dozens of SB52G2's on top of one another and link them together using the integrated Gigabit NIC at a fraction of the price.
Conclusion: Over the past year we've seen 3 major changes to the appearance of Shuttle XPC's. In my opinion the most recent change is by far the most grown up. With the release of the SB52G2 that is designed for small/medium office and home use, let’s hope we start to see Shuttle PC's appearing in workplaces all over the world. What I would love to see is a server rack full of SB52G2's.
Conclusion: Shuttle’s SFF XPC systems have had a successful line of products since it started and the SB52G2 is yet another addition. Unlike most other XPC systems, the SB52G2 focuses on the home, corporate and light server market where space is precious and vast expansion, storage needs and graphics crunching power are not required.