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SFF PC's you are still running

Discussion in 'Small Form Factor and Single Board Computers' started by spirits247, 31 May 2010.

  1. spirits247


    Joined: 29 Jan 2007

    Posts: 725

    We went through a period where everyone was SFF crazy - new models popped up from Shuttle, Aopen, Biostar, MSI, etc. even Epox (RIP) had a go! They are great compact machines!

    So which ones have you still got lying around the place and what do you use them for?
    How reliable were they?

    I have an Aopen XC Cube EX18 and a Biostar IDEQ 210N.

    The Aopen is a nForce2 model with mobile Barton at 2.2Ghz, used as a MAME and retrogaming console. Still works perfectly to this day for such tasks.

    The Biostar is an nForce3 with Athlon64 at 2.2Ghz, has a x800 Pro and is used for playing older 3D games in XP and, gasp, Windows 98SE!!! Yes, drivers still existed for this machine supporting Windows 98SE back then.

    Never felt the need to upgrade them, and never felt the need to build faster SFF's as these both do the job well. Perhaps that's one of the reasons the market died down - people got the novelty factor out the way with.


    Joined: 9 Nov 2009

    Posts: 21,347

    Location: Planet Earth

    My main desktop is a Shuttle SD37P2 with a Q6600,4GB of RAM,two hard disks and an HD4830.

    I also have an SN41G2 still with an XP2800. I am also modding an unused G2 case too with a mini ITX motherboard.
  3. 3dcandy


    Joined: 18 Jun 2003

    Posts: 4,370

    Location: Rugeley

    dually atom based xp box as my homeserver/download box. about 15 watts power use so it's my 24/7 computer
  4. joey1211


    Joined: 28 Dec 2003

    Posts: 3,388

    Location: Aberwristwatch

    Main pc is (was) a Shuttle SN45G, Athlon 2600+. Was because the mobo has started playing up and tonight has decided not to boot. Time for an upgrade.
  5. True_Scotsman

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 29 Jul 2004

    Posts: 1,827

    Location: Glasgow/The Netherlands

    I still got one that the wife uses for her PC

    Biostar ideq N1 (i think)
    Athlon 3200
    2GB ram
    300GB HDD
  6. alex24


    Joined: 1 Jan 2008

    Posts: 10,847

    Still running a Biostar IDEQ 200. Thing is solid.
  7. Steeps


    Joined: 8 Nov 2003

    Posts: 5,267

    Location: Bedfordshire

    Shuttle SB75G2 with a P4 3ghzHT 9600xt used as my backup work pc, also as it runs xp has a lot of my old games on it.
    Shuttle SB61G2 with celeron and onboard in a SB75G2 case (mobo died) was going to be a router project but never finished it.
  8. SimonR


    Joined: 15 Dec 2008

    Posts: 704

    Location: Near to Overclockers

    Atom / Ion media center PC OrigenAE M10 case

    Gets used for everything, music, DVDs, rips, youtube. Runs like an appliance, very happy

  9. At The Gates

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,408

    I still use my Shuttle SN41GV2 / built in GF4MX (think it's a 4?) / 484Mb / 1.2Ghz Duron for everything HTPC wise. It will even play 60% of my 720p x264 rips properly. Getting a bit long in the tooth for 1080p or new 720p rips though. Keep on meaning to upgrade but everythings mostly overkill.
  10. afraser2k


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 7,518

    Location: Glasgow

    Shuttle SB75G2 (Intel P4 2.4 GHz 'Northwood', 2 Gb RAM, 1 Tb HDD, AGP 5200) acting as a HTPC in my living room. Starting to show its age though with HD videos.
  11. spirits247


    Joined: 29 Jan 2007

    Posts: 725

    So, no one running an SFF as a retro console/computer for playing older games amd emulators on? Along with some arcade sticks and pads, I think they're ideal. :)
  12. Pawnless Endgame


    Joined: 10 May 2004

    Posts: 11,431

    Location: Sunny Stafford

    I did my 'virgin' build from OcUK on an SB61G2 Shuttle at the end of 2003. It contained a hyperthreaded P4 2800 MHz The machine stayed strong for 6½ years then I sold it just after Easter time this year. The guy who bought it off me gave me good feedback, so still going strong.

    I bought a new AMD-based Shuttle from OcUK 6 months ago which is now my main PC.
  13. mmmalas


    Joined: 27 Mar 2006

    Posts: 630

    had SN45G, nice system at the time.

    I wouldnt mind going to shuttle, if they make their prices sensible!!!
  14. Beans on toast Dave


    Joined: 27 Mar 2004

    Posts: 4,325

    Location: Telford

    i had one of those (aopen ex18) still running strong but now my dads machine
    currently running a shuttle sg33g5 with quad core not latest tech but it pretty quick
  15. spirits247


    Joined: 29 Jan 2007

    Posts: 725

    The EX18 is a solid machine. The nForce2 chipset was ideal for SFF PC's, with its integrated features and graphics that used dual channel memory (one of the dual 64bit controllers) to massively improve integrated graphics performance.

    It works so well with mobile bartons - very cool and quiet. You can tell by reading the credits in the Bios a lot of love went into designing that machine.

    The modern SFF's - shuttle sg33g5 for instence - what are they like? Are you limited to what graphics cards you can run in them due to there huge power requirements these days?
    Last edited: 6 Jun 2010
  16. Bane


    Joined: 10 Jun 2005

    Posts: 2,612

    I've recently sold on my SN41G2 that is now being used as the sole PC by the new owner.

    Specs: Athlon Barton core XP2500+, 1GB Corsair TwinX PC2700, Samsung 160GB SpinPoint, onboard graphics using 32MB (what do other use?), 250W PSU, Windows XP Home.

    Sort of regret getting rid of it as a spare, but having a laptop backup is a greater space saver.
  17. WoZZeR

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 19 Jan 2007

    Posts: 2,000

    Location: Northampton

    I am typing this on a SD37P2 with E6700, 2Gb of Corsair DDR800, Sapphire 4650 (upgraded from XTX1950 late last year) and a couple of Raptors via Win 7.

    This machine has been rock solid for a long time now, the only problem was a conked out Raptor which WD kindly replaced with a Velociraptor.

    In the back room I have another SD37P2, again with E6700 and 2Gb Corsair DDR800. This machine was watercooled but is now stripped down and awaiting a new GFX card, possibly 5850 if they fit. This was my gaming PC and has given sterling service.

    I built my mum a SK41G with Athlon 2600+, 2Gb Geil DDR400 RAM, 500Gb WD HD and an GeForce 6200 passively cooled card. This is her sole PC and is still chugging along.

    I have few whinges about Shuttle, I like them.
  18. jellybeard999


    Joined: 7 Feb 2004

    Posts: 7,792

    Location: NE

    I rebuilt my SN41G2 a good while ago (when S939 was launched) with a Duron for my Sister. Still running perfectly about 8 years later... all that's been replaced is the CMOS battery.
  19. Guardsmon

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 4 Sep 2006

    Posts: 1,796

    Location: Bristol

    Cubit3 that I upgraded from the old VIA 12000 to a T2600 on a Commell LV-677DC with a 4350 stuck on it and 2TB sweezed in.
  20. crisbduck


    Joined: 7 Mar 2010

    Posts: 951

    Wanting the shuttle sb75g2 now... cant find it anywhere lol