The Bottom Line
- Strong Performance
- Supports PCI Express x16 Graphics Cards
- Tool Less Installation
- No 64-Bit Driver Support
- Issue with USB 2.0 and AMD Athlon 64 X2 Processors
- nForce4 Ultra Based Motherboard
- Supports AMD Athlon 64/FX (Socket 939) Processors
- PCI Express Graphics (x16) and x1 Slots
- VIA Envy24 7.1 Audio
- 8-in-1 Media Card Reader
- Six USB 2.0 and Two FireWire Ports
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Serial ATA 2, ATA/133 and RAID 0/1 Support
- 350W Silent X Power Supply
- 12.6" x 8.3" x 8.7" Case Dimensions
Guide Review - Shuttle SN25P XPC SFF Kit
9/19/05 – Based on the NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra chipset, the SN25P bare bones kit supports the AMD Athlon 64/FX line of processors. It is performance oriented so instead of featuring items like integrated video, it instead has a x16 PCI Express graphics card slot for the user to select their video card.
One of the nice features for those putting the system together is the new tool less design. Brackets for the hard drive and optical drive snap onto the drives instead of requiring screws. The layout is also slightly different from previous designs allowing for thermal zones to help improve cooling, a very important feature for such as small and compact system.
Performance of the system was tested with a new AMD Athlon X2 3800+ and OCZ ValueVX PC3200 DDR memory. This brought attention to a problem that exists with the SN25P. There is an issue that causes a conflict between the X2 CPU and the USB 2.0 ports that can cause the system to lock up. It has been corrected by Shuttle in a new BIOS but most shipping systems will be using an older BIOS.
Overall the performance of the system was strong. The BIOS features items such as overclocking although it is not as flexible as some of the full size motherboards available on the market. Even with a full system, the temperatures for the CPU and video card were very reasonable without a large amount of noise.
For a more detailed look at the system, be sure to check out the Product Tour.