Introduction

With the special niche market that Shuttle has created pretty much on their own due to the release of the XPC series, a myriad of other small form-factor PCs have sprung up all over the place. Not long ago, we examined the well-designed X-QPack by Aspire, and found that for people interested in the portability and flexibility of a smaller PC, there was really a lot to appreciate in that enclosure.

Perhaps a bit too gimmicky-looking for some users, we are happy to follow up now with a much sleeker case from SilverStone, the SG01. For the most part, this case has all the same offerings as the X-QPack, but there are a few differences that we will examine in detail throughout this review.

SilverStone SG01
Offerings
- Clean, professional appearance
- Easy install process
- Removable HDD cage
- Can hold normal PSU's
Possible Improvement
- Larger fans for less noise/lower temperatures
- Layout could be better
- Tool-Less Features (minor)

The SG01 is silver in color, while the SG01B – the case that we’ll be reviewing in this article – is black.

More information on the SG01 can be found on SilverStone’s website.

External Design
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  • Tamale - Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - link

    exactly! Reply
  • cryptonomicon - Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - link

    reminds me of lian-li Reply
  • segagenesis - Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - link

    But the final words say it all. Despite the nifty ideas like the hard drive cage with a fan (hard drives burning up would worry me most in a HTPC) and the ability to use a normal sized power supply... the noise would kill this off my list instantly. A noisy computer is one thing, but the whine from smaller fans really aggrivate me. I'll give them the fact its probably exceedingly difficult to put 120mm fans in a HTPC case, but I'll be damned if the thing is louder than my TT Armour. Reply
  • imaheadcase - Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - link

    Its a good thing actully that it uses a real power supply. The fail rate on Shuttle SFF power supply is VERY high, i currently have mine hooked up to a regular power supply (case cover off of course) because power supply failed.

    Just get a new PS you say? The cheapest one is about $60. a hundred more you can get a NEW SFF case/PS/Mobo. Its a vicious cycle. :(

    Im just going to transfer CPU/RAM/Video card to a midtower case and be done with it.
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  • just1ed - Sunday, November 11, 2007 - link

    Hi imaheadcase,
    I'm interested to know how you modded a normal ATX to Shuttle's XPC PSU. They have some non standard heads. My XPC's PSU blew and I'm not interested in replacing it with another expensive PSU that might die in the near future.
    Reply
  • BigSky - Friday, September 15, 2006 - link

    I can't run a video card in my SS51G that requires an external power source. The wimpy 200W Shuttle PS can't do the job. I'm too cheap to spring for a new PS but have plenty of ATX PSs laying around and was thinking of doing what you did to power the Shuttle with an ATX PS. I see that the motherboard uses a 4 pin connector like the standard one for a peripheral vice the square 4 pin cable on most motherboards. Should I make an adapter from the ATX PS's square 4 pin to connector to the Shuttle MB 4 pin connector vice using one of the peripheral power leads? Seems this would be better from a power mgmt perspective. I don't understand if this ATX power lead is independent of the peripheral leads.

    bmartin1984@verizon.net

    Thanks.
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  • ProphetCHRIS - Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - link

    The problem of the manufacturers is just that they have to built these cases for "average" people. You can surely put own low-noise fans inside and it wont go off in flames. I have built once this kind of case with an old Lian Li. I put dampening material inside and only one fan. Sure it was a little warmer than normal cases but I operated it 24/7 for two years.

    I am sure this case has much potential with just a little help...
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  • Tamale - Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - link

    aye.. but should a $150 case need any help? ;) Reply

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