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Shuttle SD31P

Earlier this month, we had a look at Shuttle's ST20G5, and it hasn't been long since we looked at the SN25P either. Today, we have Shuttle's latest addition to the XPC line up: the SD31P which, not surprisingly, is based around the same chassis as the SN25P. Our previous two Shuttle reviews were both looking at AMD Athlon 64 small form factor solutions, but this one features Intel's latest i945G chipset, meaning that this XPC packs support for Intel's Pentium D processors.

For those who don't know, the Pentium D is Intel's dual core processoro, - we'll have a full review of the Pentium D in due course, so we'll leave the intimate details of the Pentium D until then. One thing that does need to be noted is that, unlike the Athlon 64 X2, the Pentium D requires a new motherboard and chipset that has support for dual core processors.

So, unfortunately for those of you who invested in Intel's LGA775 platform, you will not be able to use motherboards based on Intel's 925X, 925XE or 915-series chipsets, as they do not have support for the Pentium D. Thus, you will require a new motherboard based on one of the following chipsets: i955X, i945-series or NVIDIA NForce 4 SLI Intel Edition.

In The Box:

  • A power cable
  • Single 15cm blue SATA cable
  • Single Black floppy cable
  • A pair of metal feet
  • Drive rails for 3.5" hard disks and a 5.25" optical drive
  • Two driver CD's - one 32-bit and one 64-bit
  • RAID driver floppy disk (both 32-bit and 64-bit drivers)
  • Four bits of vibration dampening rubber
  • Molex to floppy power adapter
  • All the manuals/installation guides you could ever need

The styling of this case is exactly the same as the SN25P, which Richard has covered already. We'll spare you of going over that again - the layout of the SD31P chassis is exactly the same as the SN25P, so we'll move on.

Shuttle SD31P Introduction Shuttle SD31P Introduction
Shuttle SD31P Introduction Shuttle SD31P Introduction
Pretty similar from the outside, huh?

The back panel is slightly different, but that is determined by the motherboard inside the chassis, so it is expected. The back of the chassis has the following ports included: COM, PS/2, Gigabit LAN powered by Broadcom, four USB 2.0 ports, an external SATA port and a VGA port, which is powered by the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 that is integrated in to the northbridge.

There are also five 3.5mm jacks for 8-channel Creative High-Definition audio, along with optical S/PDIF in, out and coaxial RCA S/PDIF out too. Finally, located towards the top of the case, there is a handy CMOS clear button located to the left of the two 60mm fans (which are, before you think it, surprisingly quiet), and an IEEE1394 Firewire port to the right of them.