Shuttle has had a long history in the arena of small form factor (SFF) PCs. Originally these were available only as barebones systems, but now the company offers complete systems directly from their website. Today we're looking at one of their "Glamour" series XPC barebones systems, the SG33G5.


Shuttle SG33G5 Features and Specifications
Processor Intel Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, Pentium Dual-Core, Pentium 4, Celeron 400 series
FSB 800/1066/1333MHz support
Chipset Intel G33 + ICH9DH
Memory 2 x 240 pin DDR2 DIMM slots,2GB per DIMM (Max 4GB)
Dual Channel DDR2 667/800MHz
Vidoe Built-in Intel GMA 3100 256-bit 3D engine with a powerful 400MHz core and DirectX 9.0
Dynamic Video Memory Technology 3.0 supports up to 384MB of video memory
Audio Realtek ALC888DD
7.1 channel High Definition Audio
support Dolby Digital Live! and DTS
Network Marvell 88E8056
IEEE 802.3u 100Base-T specification revision 1.0
100Mb/s and 1Gb/s operation
Support Wake-On-LAN function
IEEE 1394a (FireWire) TI TSB43AB22A
Complies with 1394 OHCI specification revision 1.0
Support 400Mb/s,200Mb/s,100Mb/s transfer rate
Storage (3) 3.0Gb/s bandwidth SATA II
(2) 3.0Gb/s bandwidth eSATA
(1) Ultra DMA/100 IDE channel
(1) Floppy
Onboard Connectors (3) SATA connectors
(1) ATA100 bus IDE connector
(2) 2x5 pin USB 2.0 header
(1) Floppy connector
(1) ATX main power connector
(1) ATX 12V power connector
(1) set 4pin fan connectors
(1) set 3pin fan connectors
(1) PS/2 keyboard and mouse header
Front Panel (2) UBS 2.0 ports
(1) mini IEEE 1394 port
(1) Microphone-In
(1) Earphone-Out
Power-On button
Reset button
Power LED
Back Panel (1) PCI-E x16 slot
(1) PCI slot
(1) RJ45 Gigabit LAN port
(2) eSATA port
(1) HDMI port
(4) USB 2.0 ports
(1) VGA port
(1) Line-in port
(1) Front out port
(1) Side Surround out port
(1) Rear Surround out port
(1) Center/Bass port
(1) S/PDIF Out port
(1) S/PDIF in port (Option)
(1) IEEE1394 port
(1) Clear CMOS button
(1) Printer port fixture
(1) Wireless Antenna fixture
Drive Bays (2) 3.5" bay
(1) 5.25" bay
Dimensions 310(L) x 200(W) x 185(H) mm
Power Supply 250W
Input:100-240V AC
Dimensions:190(L) x 82(W) x 43(H) mm
Accessories Mainboard User manual
Mainboard CD-Driver
XPC Installation Guide
FDD Cable
CD-ROM Cable(pre-install)
SATA cable(pre-install)
HDMI to DVI converter
Power cord
Heatsink Compound

The SG33G5 lacks the Fingerprint Recognition and "USB Speedlink" (PC-to-PC file sharing) of its Pro brother. There is another closely related model, the SG33G5M, marketed specifically towards the home theater crowd. It includes a color front panel display and remote control.

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  • complectus - Thursday, December 13, 2007 - link

    What is the point of showing graphs of performance figures without anything to compare them to? Are we supposed to have committed to memory a range of Cinebench results so we know where this product stands?
  • JonathanYoung - Thursday, December 13, 2007 - link

    I, too, have had negative experiences with Shuttle. One of the worst offenders was their KM400 model. On paper, it supported 333MHz FSB Athlon XPs, but I never found one that could. It was obviously a Shuttle problem because 1) regular ATX KM400 boards supported 333MHz AXPs and 2) there were tons of other users who had the same problem (there was a huge thread over at Sudhian for awhile).

    To sum it up, Shuttles look nice and appealing, but their QC leaves a little to be desired.
  • Flunk - Saturday, December 15, 2007 - link

    I have a shuttle with a KM400 chipset too and it is currently working just fine with a barton 2500+ processor. One thing though, the board has a physical jumper on the board that you must set to change the FSB, it is listed in the manual. Perhaps you have a similar issue?
  • retrospooty - Thursday, December 13, 2007 - link

    I have a shuttle sk43g with K400M chipset. I bought it used, and built it for my son, and it has been working for well, overclocked on the 333mhz bus for over 3 years... In the Arizona heat. Never an issue, never a problem with it at all, and he is often on all day and 1/2 the night. Maybe you just had a bad one.
  • Frumious1 - Thursday, December 13, 2007 - link

    My experience with Shuttle SFFs has been ... poor would be a kind way of putting it. We sold these at the computer shop I work at for a while. All was fine for about six months, and then the stupid things started coming back! I bet more than half of them came in for repairs within the two years. Needless to say, we don't carry SFFs anymore.

    These were the socket 939 models (SN95G5), so maybe the newer ones are better, but they appear to use the same old power supplies. Oh, and these 939 units somehow didn't work with X2 chips when those came out. Anyway, the PSUs were the point of failure most of the time.

    I'll stick with regular PCs, thanks. Cheaper, quieter, AND more reliable! Three strikes, Shuttle. You're out.
  • sprockkets - Friday, December 14, 2007 - link

    Out of curiosity, did those systems have the Shuttle branded power supplies or HiPRO? All the OEMs seem to like HiPRO now for simple reasons: They are complete crap and cost less.

    But hey, I make $60-$240 labor having to replace the power supply which killed the motherboard which then usually requires a OS reinstall, so I guess Dell, HP, Shuttle and others can keep using them.

    No pictures of the inside? WTF?

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