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The SD11G5 is virtually identical externally to the SN95G5, except that the latter is black and has a built-in power supply. The drive bays and connectivity panel are stealthed; only the power and reset buttons are exposed. The 3.5"
bay and connectivity panel have flip-down covers, while the
5.25" optical drive bay has a spring loaded cover that automatically
opens when the CD/DVD tray is ejected. Although the button mechanism is adjustable, there can be some compatibility issues with some optical drives.
The chassis is made of aluminum. The cover is painted glossy white, while the front bezel is mostly white plastic (not a perfect color match, but close) with chrome accents. The only vaguely "loud" feature is a pair of stamped "Shuttle"
logos on the sides. 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. The space between the USB ports allows multiple USB
devices, such as USB flash drives, to be used at the same time. All other ports are located on the rear panel.
The rear panel: The Sound Blaster sound card ports fill the spot usually used by the PSU exhaust in the G5 chassis.
The rear panel includes a VGA port, a DVI port, an IEEE1394 port, a PS/2
keyboard and mouse socket, TV/S-video port, two USB 2.0 ports, a RJ-45 gigabit LAN socket, 7.1-channel
audio in/out jacks, and SPDIF in/out ports. Also the CMOS reset button is accessible via a pinhole,
which saves the user from having to open the case up in the event of an overclocking-gone-wrong
scenario. On the right side are the slot covers for one PCIe-X16 and one PCIe-X1 card. Note the 6-pin power inlet in the orange block. The exhaust grill is decently open, the same as in other G5 chassis.
The four rectangular of tapped holes on the underside near the front are for HS mounting; the screws go through the motherboard into the chassis base. The vent holes are too small to be useful, really. There is a thin slot at the bottom of the front bezel, but it's not clear that there's really an intake airflow path to the interior.
Soft rubber feet are used to minimize the transfer of vibration.
Near the front two feet are two threaded holes which will accept the included
taller metal feet. The metal feet may have two functions: To
enable more airflow under the case, and to make the front panel more easily accessible when it is mounted lower than the user's desktop. Unfortunately, the metal
feet are not soft, which means it will enable vibration transfer from the PC to the desk (or whatever it's placed upon). It also makes the thing look odd, a bit like a puppy dog sitting up to beg.
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