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Reviewed by: Norman Tan [09.28.05]
Manufactured by: Shuttle, Silverstone


Shuttle SD31P

In contrast to the Silverstone, the Shuttle comes with a lot of things installed and subsequently, installation of products is much easier. This SD31P is the successor to the SB95P and is the first Shuttle to fully support EMT64 as well as dual-core CPUs. Shuttle decided to go with the 945 instead of the 955 chipset which is interesting as they went with the top of the line (at the time) 925 for the SB95P. Now, this case is physically very similar to the SN52P so we will be touching upon the major points again briefly, but for a more indepth look, you should take a look at Carl's article found here.

The Shuttle comes as a barebones package with almost everything you need. Up top is the integrated card reader which supports almost every media out there (the notable exception being the Sony Memory Duo commonly used for PSPs).

At the bottom of the case, we see the compliment of USB, Firewire and Audio front ports.

Going around the back, we see a couple of fans, two acting as the exhaust for system components and one as the exhaust for the custom 350W PSU. Note the firewire port to the right of the dual 60mm fans.

Now one thing I wanted to highlight here was the extensive outputs that this machine has. This machine was meant for HT! It's got a coax out, 8.1 channel out, SPDIF in and SPDIF out. Nice! Also note that little red thing at the bottom of the right USB ports. Yes, that's an external SATA port.

Opening up the case was a matter of unscrewing four thumbscrews like the one shown below. Also note that convenience CMOS reset button to the left of the 60mm exhaust fan. At this point, there were really no issues with the case at all.

Let's open it up!

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