Shuttle SB77G5
Posted on: 01/15/2005 06:00 AM

Shuttle's SB77G5 is a really slick looking system. I'm quite enamored with the G5 design and that's clearly evident given the fact that this is the third time I've used this image in the review. I never grow tired of looking at the SB77G5 and to me, that's quite a statement. I've seen so much hardware since we started this site in 1999 that it's genuinely difficult to get me excited about a particular component or for a test "subject" to hold my attention for longer than the test period itself. The fact that I still look at the SB77G5 and go "Damnnnnn" says something.

In an industry that's all about innovation, Shuttle has put together a unique product that's meant to bridge the gap between Sockets 478 and LGA775. From a features perspective, the SB77G5 has everything you could want out of a high-end SFF. It will take the fastest desktop processors that Intel makes and you can package that with fast DDR memory, a high-end AGP video card, and the SATA hard drive of your choosing (the MaXLine III is solid if you're in the market). Maybe you have all of these trimmings but aren't quite satisified with the speed of your processor. The SB77G5 offers you the opportunity to stage your upgrade. Run out and buy the latest and greatest processor from Intel and forge ahead with your existing components until you're financially able to migrate completely to the new platform. Shoot, even if you don't want to buy the bleeding-edge processors from Intel, you could always buy a Celeron D in LGA775 format and overclock the heck out of it since the SB77G5 has all the overclocking tweaks that you could need. It's also been my experience that Shuttle's ICE technology is always up to the task of cooling whatever processor you throw at it.

Even though the Shuttle SB77G5 was unable to keep up with our 915G-based reference system, its performance is more than adequate for gaming and standard desktop applications. Shuttle has taken their already impressive design and progressed it even further. You can pickup the SB77G5 for approximately ~310 dollars on the street. If you're looking to slowly upgrade to Intel's latest socket format but aren't able to afford the complete upgrade at once, you may want to invest in a SB77G5. It would make the foundations of a solid box in any capacity (Mobile LAN box, Windows or Linux Workstation, etc), and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

Jim Kirk gives this Small Form-Factor PC 9/10 CPUs!

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