Feeds
70%

Shuttle XPC Glamour SN68PTG6

Stylish AMD-powered media centre, anyone?

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Review If you’ve previously seen a Shuttle XPC barebones PC, the SN68PTG6 will be instantly familiar. It follows the firm's standard small form-factor system design that resembles two cubes attached one to the other, but this time with some design highlights and the firm's Glamour label.

The main cover is retained by three thumbscrews and lifts away to reveal the innards. Undo two more screws and the aluminium drive bay comes out to give access to most of the components. Whip out four more thumbscrews to release the ICE cooling fan, which blows air through the remote CPU cooler, and then release the four screws that retain the CPU heatsink and you’re ready to build your new PC.

Shuttle XPC SN68PTG6

Shuttle's XPC SN68PTG6: DIY PC

Just about the only part of the Shuttle that stays in place in the chassis is the 110W mini power supply that's located on the right-hand side but it doesn’t obscure any of the connectors to which you need to gain access.

The layout of the SN68PTG6 is assisted by the nature of the Nvidia GeForce 7050PV chipset, which is a unified piece of silicon much like the chipset used in the Biostar TF7150U-M7 - reviewed here. That particular motherboard accommodates an Intel Core 2 processor with a GeForce 7150 chipset, while the Shuttle is a Socket AM2 design that uses a slightly lower spec GeForce 7050PV to connect to AMD CPUs. Beyond that the two chipsets are essentially identical.

Shuttle XPC SN68PTG6 - CPU-Z

The main feature is the integrated graphics which supports DirectX 9 so you can have the joys of the Aero interface in Windows Vista. On the multimedia side of things, you get hardware decoding that supports Blu-ray and HD DVD along with the HDCP anti-piracy system and a proper digital output. Shuttle has equipped the SN68PTG6 with VGA and HDMI outputs along with a dongle that converts the HDMI feed to DVI.

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.