Today, VR-Zone will be taking a look at one of the latest small form offerings from Shuttle, the Shuttle SD31P. Featuring the latest Intel 945P Express Chipset supporting the Dual Core Pentium D from Intel, enthusiasts will love this power packed little monster.

Shuttle has came a long way in small form factors, from research and development
all the way to manufacturing, Shuttle has never slowed down in pace, never failing
to deliver quality along with performance. Today, we will be taking a look at
the Shuttle SD31P, the 945G Express Chipset based Small Form with support for
Intel’s latest Dual Core Processors. Apart from that, The SD31P comes with other
useful features such as an external SATA-II port, Creative 7.1 Audio onboard
and Firewire etc. This small form is the sucessor to the SB81P, it’s Intel 915G
predecessor.Before we continue, let’s take a look at the specifications of this
little wonder.

Model
SD31P
CPU
Support
Intel LGA775 based Pentium 4, Pentium D and Celeron
Processors
Memory
Support
2 slots, DDR-II, 2GB max
Northbridge
Intel 945G Express Chipset
Expansion
Slots

One PCIe x16
One PCIe x1

Onboard
VGA
Intel GMA950
Audio
Creative Soundblaster Live 24bit 7.1
IDE
1 * ATA133
SATA
3+1(external)
Networking
Broadcom BCM5789 Netlink Gigabit
RAID
SATA RAID 0,1,5,10
Firewire
Firewire 400 via VIA VT6307
Southbridge
ICH7R
Expansion
Bays

3x 3.5″
1x 5.25″

Powersupply
SilenX 350W
Card
Reader
8 in 1 Card Reader
Chassis
Dimensions
220mm(W)x210mm(H)x325mm(l)

Initial Impressions

The most significant change that Shuttle has made in their
latest line of Intel Small Forms is the onboard sound. Shuttle has chose to
use Creative’s Soundblaster hardware solution over the Intel Azalia HD Audio,
in which the innate within ICH7. With that, the PCI slot was also removed to
make way for a PCI-E x1 slot, sounding support for future PCI-E expansion devices
like soundcards and such. That also means that users will be able to experience
slightly higher frame rates with their games as the Creative Soundchip will
be able to handle audio processing, unlike The HD Audio where processing is
still dependent on the processor, like all others AC97 sound solutions.

I am quite happy with some of the improvements that Shuttle
did to the P chassis, I will go into details regarding this later in the review.