Shuttle SB65G2: G2 Chassis


The SB65G2 chassis front is finished in the brushed aluminum used for the case shell. The G2 design is very familiar, as we’ve seen it in our last 2 reviews of Shuttle SFF systems in January and March. In this incarnation, we find just about every port you could ever want on the front of the system — 2 USB, mini Firewire, and duplicate audio jacks. The Blue System ON and Orange hard disk activity lights are very easy to see and distinguish in this design.



The rear of the chassis is much like other Shuttle XPC designs. We were pleased to see both SPDIF optical in and out ports included for hook-up to a Dolby Digital setup. Shuttle was wise to include a full set of audio connectors on both the front and rear panels. Different configurations work best with different arrangements, and this SB65G2 design is very flexible and easily adapted to your needs.


The brushed aluminum shell include air inlet grills low on both sides of the chassis. These do help in improving cooling.


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As you can see in our open view of the chassis, we have loaded the system with a CD Recorder/DVD combo, floppy, and 120Gb hard drive.


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Even with all of these peripherals installed, the interior is still well-organized and reasonably uncluttered, especially considering the small size of the system.



The rear fan that you see in the picture above is a temperature-controlled variable speed unit, with two modes that are selectable in the BIOS. It is part of the familiar and very effective Shuttle I.C.E. heatpipe/rear fan arrangement.


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If you would like to know more about how the Shuttle cooling system works, check out our earlier Shuttle Review.

One of the more notable points of the Shuttle design is the ability to access both the AGP and PCI slot even when the system is fully loaded.



Most of the installation steps on the SB65G2 are familiar and well-described in the Shuttle manuals. Mounting an AGP or PCI card, however, is a bit unique unless you have used a Shuttle SFF before. As you can see in the above photo, 2 screws secure the slots. You must remove both screws and flip up the hinged top cover by pushing out from the inside of the case, just above the slots. You can then easily add or remove a PCI or AGP card. While this is not the most intuitive arrangement we have seen, it is actually a very clever solution to the problem of space in a SFF design.


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No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you, because that is our top-line ATI Radeon 9800 PRO mounted in the 8X AGP slot with a Molex power connector. With a 200 watt power supply, we were more than a little concerned about whether the Shuttle could handle a loaded system with a 3.0 GHz CPU and the ATI card. The answer is: “yes, it can”.

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  • Kai920 - Friday, January 02, 2004 - link

    #42 - Yes Reply
  • ether108 - Monday, December 22, 2003 - link

    can anyone tell me if i can cram a ati 9800 all in wonder into this box? Reply
  • Anonymous User - Monday, October 20, 2003 - link

    Just got confirmation from Shuttle tech support that the SB65G2 does not support SATA RAID 0. Shuttle tech support tells me it uses ICH5 while the dealer here in the UK says it used ICH5R but they both agree RAID is not supported. Quite disappointed since I was hoping to get wireless and RAID all on one motherboard. The SB65G2 is availabe in the UK at www.gemma.co.uk from Oct 24th.

    Any experience on exactly *how* quiet these little boxes are? Quiet enough for a living room?
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  • Anonymous User - Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - link

    So I assume that one would be the "OEM" CPU instead of the retail CPU for a Shuttle box, right? Reply
  • Anonymous User - Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - link

    Um, never mind. Should've checked the web site first. Reply
  • Anonymous User - Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - link

    Don't tease us! What are the specs?? Reply
  • Anonymous User - Tuesday, September 30, 2003 - link

    Wait for the SB75G2. Thats the shuttle you really want :) Reply
  • Anonymous User - Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - link

    I've been to the US Shuttle and international sites today (9/24) and there is NOTHING on the SB65G2, or any SB65X2 or SB61X2. The SB61G2 is the box I can find in the Pacific Northwest, along with some of the earlier Athlon and P478 versions. IS THIS THING REALLY FOR SALE? Reply
  • Arlo - Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - link

    So when is this suppose to be release? Reply
  • jbratton - Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - link

    My advice a a Shuttle Customer... DO NOT RISK IT !
    There are lots of other vendors with integrity out there. The jokers I've delt with at Shuttle in the US void any warranty they claim ! Im my experience with them I can count on an unneeded flashing bios.. If thats the problem.. than your ok.. ortherwize.. you're on your own.. after a couple of attempts..forget it.. your warrantys expired !! - A Joke they play on us !
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