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.
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: With the new Mac Mini on the market one has to wonder if the SN95G5 is small enough for what is known as a Small Form Factor (SFF) PC. Well, don't wonder too long, it really is like comparing apples to oranges. The Mac Mini is a 32-bit entry level system in a sexy brushed metal box all for $500.
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: 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.
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.
Conclusion: On the surface, it's all sweetness and light in the world of the SN95G5. It supports the best CPUs AMD have ever made, it has good features, the performance is great, and the G5 chassis restyle is Shuttle's best yet. But there's always a catch, and in this case it's price. At £315 in the U.K.
Conclusion: Shuttle keeps up the pace by continuing to innovate their small form factor line while using it to move into retail computer sales. The SN95G5 makes it mark as the smallest Athlon 64 SFF that is the first to Socket 939 while keeping up the best build quality.
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.
Conclusion: Dans un tout petit boîtier, ce miniPC est capable de concentrer toute la puissance nécessaire pour tirer parti de toutes les situations. Il est même suffisamment performant pour se montrer bon joueur.