75Front1 s Shuttle SB75G2 & Soldam Altium RS4 Review

Shuttle for the past few years has established a brand name which most people would associate when it comes to SFF PCs. Soldam on the other hand is less heard of by most people, however, they are no doubt the top SFF manufacturer in Japan and they have produced a line of very sleek looking SFFs.


75Box1 Shuttle SB75G2 & Soldam Altium RS4 Review


65Box2 Shuttle SB75G2 & Soldam Altium RS4 Review

The trend of having Small Form Factor PCs is
clearly taking off really well in the recent years and it has become no doubt
one of the top option among PC buyers who pursue looks, compactness as well as
performance. Shuttle for the past
few years has established a brand name and leadership which most people would associate when it
comes to SFF PCs and they have expect shipments of XPCs to continue to grow in
the upcoming years. Shuttle is a very exciting company as viewed by many and
there are a lot more innovative and interesting XPCs to be launched in time to
come. As for Soldam,
if this is the first time you are hearing about them, they are
actually a company
based in Japan which produces really high quality computer cases. When I say
high-quality, I really mean HIGH-QUALITY! Coolermaster and LianLi are 2 of
the top case-manufacturers, but Soldam really goes one level higher.
What’s so special about their cases? Well firstly, Soldam creates really unique
looking cases, like the Prism. And secondly,
their
cases come in a
wide range of colors to suit your individual preference.

The interesting part is that Shuttle
and Soldam have close working relationship for quite some time particularly on
the case designs and components.
Soldam does not
produce its own motherboards. Thus, the XPCs that they sell come with Shuttle
XPC mobos.
Soldam’s cases do come at a premium. This is mostly due to the high shipping
cost from Japan. The Altium RS4 Claire costs almost US$ 500 exclusive of
shipping. With shipping, the cost can go up to US$ 600! The Soldam Altium RS4 Claire is based on the Shuttle FB61 mobo, which is exactly
the same mobo as that used in Shuttle’s SB61G2. Thus, there is no worry about
future BIOS or driver updates as all these can be downloaded directly from
Shuttle’s website. The Japanese website which has a larger variety of cases is at
http://www3.soldam.co.jp
while the US website is http://www.soldam.com

VR-Zone will take a close look at two of the
newest models from Shuttle and Soldam, the SB75G2 and Altium RS4 respectively.
First of all, let’s compare the specifications for both SFFs. 


 


Shuttle SB75G2


Soldam Altium RS4

CPU Support Intel 478-pin Pentium 4/Celeron with 400/533/800fsb
-HyperThreading Support
Intel 478-pin Pentium 4/Celeron with 400/533/800fsb
HyperThreading Support
Chipsets Intel 875P
ICH5-R (with RAID)
Intel 865G
ICH5
Memory 2 x 184-pin 266/333/400 dual channel DDR dimm slots up
to 2GB
ECC support
2 x 184-pin 266/333/400 dual channel DDR dimm slots up
to 2GB
Video None Onboard Intel Extreme Graphics 2
Audio Realtek ALC650 AC97 5.1 Channel Audio Controller Realtek ALC650 AC97 5.1 Channel Audio Controller
LAN Broadcom 5788 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Realtek 8100B 10/100 Ethernet
PSU 220W 110/230V AC 200W 110/230V AC
Dimensions 300mm(L) x 200mm(W) x 185mm(H) 289mm(L) x 220mm(W) x 220mm(H)
Extension bays One 5.25” bay
Two 3.5” bays
Two 5.25” bay
Two 3.5” bays
Cooling fan One 80mm fan One 92mm fan
Parallel ATA Two UDMA-100 Dual Channel PATA Ports Two UDMA-100 Dual Channel PATA Ports
Serial ATA Two UDMA-150 SATA Ports + Intel 82801ER SATA RAID
0/1/0+1
Two UDMA-150 SATA Ports
PCI 1 x 33MHz slot 1 x 33MHz slot
AGP 1 x AGP v3.0 1.5V 4X/8X slot 1 x AGP v3.0 1.5V 4X/8X slot
Other internal headers 1 x Floppy Disk
1 x Parallel Port
1 x IrDA
1 x WKMC
3 x Fan
1 x CD-In
Front Panel Connections 2 x USB 2.0
1 x Firewire 1394a (4-Pin)
1 x Mic In
1 x Line Out
1 x Headphone Out
1 x Power Button
1 x Reset Button
1 x Power LED
1 x IDE Activity LED
Back Panel Connections 4 x USB 2.0
1 x Firewire 1394a (6-Pin)
1 x PS/2 Mouse
1 x PS/2 Keyboard
1 x Audio Front Out
1 x Audio Rear Out
1 x Audio Center/Bass Out
1 x RJ45 LAN
2 x Serial Port (9-pin)
1 x SPDIF In
1 x SPDIF Out
1 x VGA
4 x USB 2.0
1 x Firewire 1394a (6-Pin)
1 x PS/2 Mouse
1 x PS/2 Keyboard
1 x Audio Front Out
1 x Audio Rear Out
1 x Audio Center/Bass Out
1 x RJ45 LAN
1 x Serial Port (9-pin)
Package Content 1 x cd-rom cable
1 x hdd cable
1 x floppy cable
1 x SATA cable
Screws
Twin adhesive
Thermal paste
2 x case feet
1 x driver cd
2 x Mandrake Linux installation cds
1 user manual
1 installation manual
1 power cord

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1 x floppy cable
3 x IDE cables
2 x molex to SATA power convertors
1 x Y-convertor
1 x SATA cable
1 x power cord
Screws
1 x driver cd
1 x user manual
1 x Soldam warranty card

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