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Box and Contents
The Shuttle FSYS-SV24 comes in a box that doubles very nicely as a carrier. I don’t know about most people, but one big reason why I would get a system this small is so that it will be portable, and its sturdy box definitely helps out. In the box, you’ll find your standard stuff — the manual and driver disks, IDE and power cables, and assorted screws. With this system, you also receive a PCI elbow adapter, and a low profile CPU heatsink.
In the picture above, I’m holding the system in my hand, just to give you an idea of how small it is. I like to say that it is the size of a toaster. That might be a little bit of a stretch, but its close! In the picture to the right, you see all the ports in the back of the system. Nearly everything is onboard — you have your standard keyboard, mouse, serial, parallel, and USB ports (two in back and another two in front), as well as onboard video (including s-video and RCA TV output!), onboard firewire, onboard 10/100 network, and onboard sound (with front jacks as well). In fact, the only feature this thing lacks is an onboard modem!
The PCI Card
As is probably obvious by now, the PCI elbow adapter simply bridges the corner so that your PCI card can lay on its side. Now it becomes very obvious why the low profile heatsink was needed. Look that that clearance! With under a centimeter of clearance, I am starting to worry about airflow, but at least the modem only covers half the fan area. This modem is also much larger than many modems out there — a half height card would give plenty of airflow room to the CPU.
Hard Drive, Floppy and CDROM
Installation of the hard drive and floppy drive is very self-explanatory. The hard drive just slides in with its mounting and is secured with thumb screws. The floppy drive takes a little work to align properly, but that’s nothing new. I continue to be impressed with how little space is wasted. The PCI card is right next to the CPU, and the hard drive leaves no space between it and the PCI card. Lastly, the CDROM (or DVD in my case) sits flush on top of the floppy and hard drives. And finally, in the picture on the right, I find wasted space! I can’t be too critical — that fan is what’s cooling this whole system. Shuttle was right to give it some breathing room!
In fact, the only thing I don’t like about this system is that I’m limited to a Celeron or Pentium3 processor. However, one quick check with Shuttle, and sure enough — there’s a new version with AthlonXP or Pentium4 support! I can only assume those models to be just as efficient, though I do have to say that I’m curious as to how they handle the potential cooling problem. A Celeron might not put out much heat, but an AthlonXP and Pentium4 definitely will. Even though those newer models are not yet listed on our website, we’d be happy to put a system together for you — just drop us an email and we’ll put together a quote for you!