Conclusion: Since our testing was performed on the SN95G5 during the middle of a move, I didn't have the sound testing setup I would have liked. As I noted earlier on in the article, I was somewhat wary of potential acoustic issues. After all, a 92mm fan moving 50 CFM is going to generate a lot of noise.
Conclusion: The shuttle reviewed was used by shuttle to sponsor a gaming lan in the United states 3 months ago, and looking at things when I play games I must admit I am impressed by this machine. It has proven to be extremely fast and most importantly stable. The computer is very small and instead of being really slow and unreliable it?s a rock solid computer.
Summary: The Shuttle SN95G5 is the first SFF PC that I've come in contact with. As far as performance, looks, and usability go, this unit is excellent. Shuttle has managed to pack an excellent performing board and chipset into this little unit. If you couple the SN95G5 with some good RAM, a decent chip, and a high-end graphics card, you've got a system that will keep up with 99% of full tower systems around. This XPC was a pleasure to work with and even in, as there is enough...
Pros: SilentX Cooling Works Well & Quiet, Small Form Factor, nForce 3 Ultra Chipset, Big Performance From A Little Box
Cons: Driver Install Was A Pain - Poor Documentation, GPU Close To Case
Conclusion: After going through several generations, the G series chassis from Shuttle is about as good as it's gonna get. Unfortunately on the SN95G5, it's not exactly perfect. Aside from minor quirks like a front bay door that doesn't open, there are some other issues that prevent it from receiving an award. For instance, the lack of NVIDIA's onboard LAN solution is inexcusable, especially since it is one of the main features of the NF3 Ultra chipset.
Pros: Fully stealthed front panel - FINALLY, System performance is great, Lots of digital audio options, Small for such a packed system!, Looks great, Installation is a breeze; great fit & finish inside
Cons: Lack of NVIDIA's GigaE controller, no NV Firewall, Not enough USB ports, Fit and Finish is lacking on the outside, Quite expensive
Conclusion: Shuttle has delivered another stellar product with their SN95G5. Its FN95 motherboard supports all of the latest AMD processors, and packs just as much performance as the latest desktop nForce3 Ultra motherboards. Overclockers and hardware enthusiasts will also like the board’s BIOS. All isn’t perfect on the SN95G5 however. Shuttle’s decision to rely solely on Marvell’s PCI-based GigE transceiver truly baffles us.
Conclusion: Shuttle has always focused on desktop replacement systems with their XPC line and performance is a top priority. They have done it again with the SN95G5, producing a well-balanced mini PC that will rival any desktop board in most areas of performance. From our benchmark tests, the FN95 motherboard on the SN95G5 performed on par with every benchmark we threw at it. The only issue we noticed was a slight anomaly in the scores for SYSmark 2004's Office Productivity test.