Shuttle invented the Small Form Factor computer, and each new generation of the Shuttle SFF seems to improve on the already capable design. When we last visited SFF systems about 6 months ago, we were intrigued by Shuttle’s design for a Corporate SFF. This time around, Shuttle delivered an SFF that seems to be targeted at the Intel Computer Enthusiast, much like the nForce2 version tested in January was targeted at the Athlon Enthusiast.

Everyone seems to love the cute little SFF machines that seem to take such a small amount of space and actually pay attention to what quiet means. However, most would assume that there are compromises in performance with these machines. It looks as if Shuttle is out to prove that you don’t have to give up anything to have a small, quiet computer.



What we have is a small SB65G2 based on the latest Intel 865 chipset with support for any current Intel processor, including the 800FSB C series. Add to that: Dual-Channel memory support, an 8X AGP slot instead of on-board graphics, 8 USB 2.0 ports, 2 Firewire, Serial ATA, and CMedia 5.1 audio. With all these up-to-the-minute features, you have a machine that makes no apologies to anyone in the current marketplace. It just happens to also be very small and very quiet. All of this is built into the elegant Aluminum G2 chassis that makes this tiny computer resemble a jewel more than a computer.

 System Specifications
   Shuttle SB65G2
Expansion Bays (5.25"/3.5"/Hidden) 1/1/1
Front USB Ports 2
Rear USB Ports 4
Internal USB Ports 2
Front Firewire Ports 1 Mini
Rear Firewire Ports 1 Standard
On-Board Parallel Port N
SPDIF Rear Optical SPDIF In & Out
Front Audio Jacks 3 Mini
Rear Audio Jacks 3 Mini
Number of Fans (including CPU/chipset 1
Power Supply Enhance 200W

UPDATE 9/10/2003: Shuttle has advised AnandTech that the specs of the SB65G2 have been improved with the release version of the SB65G2. The final SB65G2 has these changes:

220W PSU (instead of 200W)
SATA RAID (ICH5R)
Black anodized chassis
Integrated Wireless (802.11b) Module


The MSRP is around $350.
G2 Chassis
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  • Anonymous User - Wednesday, September 10, 2003 - link

    Is there any information about the version of the motherboard used in this review?

    My SB61 motherboard actually reads:
    - SB61/SB65
    - Version 2.1

    ...so I`m curious.

    Take it easy,
    James
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  • Wesley Fink - Wednesday, September 10, 2003 - link

    Shuttle has just updated the SB65G2 and now includes the ICH5R Southbridge with SATA RAID and a slightly larger 220W Power Supply. Since this is an early sample for review, it is likely the SB65G2s you will find for sale will include these updated components. Reply
  • Anonymous User - Wednesday, September 10, 2003 - link

    Shuttles sff boxes are sooooooo tempting to me. The lac of PAT is generally not THAT big of an issue as pretty much all modern games these days are video card limited and older games while maybe more cpu sensitive are typically running blindingly fast anyway.

    Alas the shuttle box I want would have a topline cpu, a topline radeon (9800Pro or higher), a gig of ram, an audigy2, a cd burner and (here's the killer) a pair of raided 10K sata drives. I am just waaaaaay to uneasy about throwing all that into a little sff box with a teeny 200w power supply. :(
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