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The SN95G5's designers went for a simplified,
elegant look. The drive bays and connectivity panel have been stealthed, leaving
only the power and reset buttons exposed. The power and reset buttons were not
very smooth, however. Sometimes the power/reset buttons had to be pressed repeatedly to work. The 3.5"
bay and connectivity panel have been covered by flip-down covers, while the
5.25" optical drive bay is covered by a spring loaded cover which automatically
opens when the CD/DVD tray is ejected. We found that the 5.25" bay cover
did not always close completely when the CD tray was retracted, but this may be an issue with the particular optical drive we used.
As with all previous Shuttles, the chassis is constructed
from aluminum. The one-piece top and side cover is a elgantly finished black
anodized aluminum. The sides and top stick to the simplified styling of the
front. The only extraneous features of the sides are a pair of recessed "Shuttle"
logos and couple of intake vents. The intake vents are on both sides and run most of the length of the case.
Center external floppy bay and connectivity panel covers open.
The hidden front panel connectors include 1/8" headphone/microphone jacks,
two USB 2.0, and a mini IEEE1394 port. All other ports, including audio line-in
and SPDIF, are located on the rear panel, to avoid over-crowding the front.
Also, the space between the USB ports has been enlarged so that multiple USB
devices, such as USB flash drives, can be used at the same time.
The large vents are on both sides.
The rear panel: Decently open grill for the fan exhaust. Note the small PSU exhaust opening.
The rear panel includes a serial port, an IEEE1394 port, a PS/2
keyboard and mouse socket, two USB 2.0 ports, a RJ-45 gigabit LAN socket, 6-channel
audio out jacks, audio line-in jack, SPDIF in/out ports, and a coaxial audio
port. Also the CMOS reset button is accessible via a pinhole in the rear panel,
which saves the user from having to open the case up in the event of an overclocking-gone-wrong
scenario. On the right side of the rear panel are the slot covers for one AGP
and one PCI card.
The underside. The majority of vents are located beneath
Rubber feet are fairly soft.
Fairly soft rubber feet are located on the underside to minimize the transfer of vibration.
Near the front two feet are two threaded holes which will accept the included
taller metal feet. We suspect that the metal feet have two functions: to
enable more airflow under the case, and to look good. Unfortunatly, these metal
feet are not as soft and do not have the same vibration reduction properties.
Front metal feet to provide greater clearance?
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