The XPC SS51G is the cheapest of the Shuttle offerings this month. Again, the ease of hardware installation makes this product fantastically user friendly, given the ability to just pop out the optical storage bay, insert your drive and floppy and whack it back in. No mess, no fuss.
The ICE cooling system should keep your Socket 478 Pentium 4 nice and cool, while the side ventilation helps to allow hot air to be expelled and cool air to waft in. Underneath the drive rack you'll find a small plastic clip which is for concealing your cables, stopping them from interrupting air flow, which as we know is critically important in a case of this size.
Unfortunately a poorly placed CMOS reset lost this unit a few Quality points, while internal cabling was rather chaotic and restricted the installation and comfort of the full sized AGP graphics card.
Build quality was good, with the housing lifting off in a single piece and secured to the chassis with thumbscrews.
Great for the cheaper barebones builders, this unit features all the functionality we've come to expect from Shuttle without breaking the $500
This Review appeared in the December, 2003 issue of PC & Tech Authority Magazine