Shuttle XPC ST61G4: FT61 Motherboard


 Motherboard Specifications
CPU Interface Socket-478
Chipset ATI 9100IGP
(ATI RS300 North Bridge
ATI IXP150 South Bridge)
Bus Speeds 100-233, 0-15 scale for Overclock
AGP/PCI Speeds Disabled, Fixed at 66
Core Voltages Supported Auto, 0.825V-1.5875V
AGP Voltages Supported Auto, 1.60V, 1.65V, 1.70V
DRAM Voltages Supported Auto, 2.6V, 2.7V, 2.8V
Memory Slots 2 x 184-pin Dual-Channel DDR DIMM Slots
Expansion Slots 1 AGP 8X Slot
1 PCI Slot
Onboard Graphics ATI 9100IGP
Onboard RAID Silicon Image 3512 (SATA RAID 0, 1)
Onboard USB 2.0/IEEE-1394 Six USB 2.0 supported through IXP150
Two VIA VT6307 1394a FireWire ports
Onboard LAN Broadcom 4401 10/100
Onboard Audio Realtek ALC650 5.1 Digital Audio
With SPDIF Optical IN/OUT
Onboard Serial ATA Sil3512 with 2 SATA connectors

Recent Shuttle SFF designs have made excellent use of the small real estate in the SFF chassis, and the ST61 motherboard continues that tradition. In general, layout is excellent and connectors are easy to reach. It is worth mentioning that Shuttle is now pre-wiring all the SFF cabling - including the hard drive connectors. This adds to the convenience for the SFF builder or end-user.



ATI's block diagram of the 9100IGP provides details of which features are actually implemented in the chipset. Shuttle has included additional chips for the missing features like SATA and IEEE 1394.

The small motherboard size, like other SFF, limits memory to 2 DIMMs, but the 2 DIMMs are dual-channel to compete with Intel's 865G chipset. Memory is limited to a maximum of 2GB, but that should be enough for most uses for this small system.

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  • marvinpa - Wednesday, March 08, 2006 - link

    From all of the reviews I got the impression this box would be very quiet, but
    this was not the case. With expectations given by these reviews I must say the machine
    keeps quite a loud humming sound. It has 4 fans in it, but the loudest is the one
    connected to the cpu heatpipe in the back. The metal casing is also sensitive to resonance
    sounds which are quite annoying.

    Installing the sata drive was also quite an annoyance.

    Apart from that the machine does perform quite well, and is optically pleasing.
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  • Johnmcl7 - Sunday, April 04, 2004 - link

    I see recommendations to go with an 865G system, but no actual SFF recommendations - would anyone care to provide some? I'm looking to rehome my 533Mhz P4, not bothered about overclocking and I like the look of the G4 case, as it's quieter and temps are lower. However, I do wish to use a 9800 pro graphics card, so I've been also looking at the Soltek EQ3401, however, this has no card reader and the temperatures are higher although it is slightly cheaper.

    John
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  • sprockkets - Friday, January 30, 2004 - link

    The ICE exhaust fan has always been 80mm on Shuttle systems. I use a Panaflo fan to make my system quiet. The picture of the rear of this unit seems dated because the new power supply has a new grill with less restrictions. Unless they changed that. The power supply in my Shuttle ss40G sounds ok to me, with a 2400+ Thorton installed and a Hitachi 120GB drive with Linux and Distributed Folding running it goes around 41C internal and 51c for the processor. Reply
  • SupermanCK - Thursday, January 29, 2004 - link

    why no temperature readings...i can make a very quiet case too if there are no fans inside...i think that whenever you have a review with sound measured, you should always measure the temperature of the case too... Reply
  • artifex - Tuesday, January 27, 2004 - link

    Well, from what I've been reading on the manufacturer website, there actually is a floppy connector on the mobo, and a cable, so you could install with an open case and leave the floppy hanging out in order to have the drivers for the SATA RAID when it asks for them.

    Still, in the future it'd be nice if actual useability issues like this were addressed a bit more. I'm not asking you to imagine all possible configurations, or anything, but if it says it supports something, a quick test to see if it's practically useable might be nice :)
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  • SUOrangeman - Monday, January 26, 2004 - link

    Just as an aside, there is apparently a way to embed drivers (for such things like RAID controllers) into you Win2K/XP/2K3 discs. I don't think that method was used in this case.

    In my free time, I'll have to see if this method actually works.

    -SUO
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  • vedin - Monday, January 26, 2004 - link

    ::doesn't know jack about setting up RAID:: Um, use a bootable CD? Reply
  • artifex - Sunday, January 25, 2004 - link

    still wondering about the RAID/installation issue :) Reply
  • Wesley Fink - Sunday, January 25, 2004 - link

    PrinceGaz -

    Thanks for catching the typo - corrected.
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  • PrinceGaz - Sunday, January 25, 2004 - link

    Looks like a nice small and quiet box for a caravan, dorm-room or the like, but it could never replace my main box.

    Its nice to see Intel have a sense of humour with their "Extreme" graphics, or is it meant to stand for "extremely slow"?

    One slight typo on page 11- "As we have done on other SFF tests, the ST61G4 was loaded just as a user would likely set up their SFF system. We installed a 3.0 P4, 1 Mb DDR400 memory..." - personally I'd install slightly more memory in my SFF system ;)
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