Shuttle XPC P 2600 review: Shuttle XPC P 2600

We particularly appreciate the Shuttle's built-in 802.11b/g wireless adapter, the antenna for which screws onto the back of the case. Shuttle also supplied a Logitech UltraX mouse and keyboard; both are solid components, and hard-core gamers will appreciate that they're wired rather than wireless. As a bonus, the system comes with a Logitech gaming headset for online multiplayer chatting.

But no games are included! PowerDVD 5 and the OEM version of Ahead's Nero 6.6 suite of disc-burning software represent the extent of the bundled software. Shuttle likely figures most hard-core gamers already own the games they plan to play--a reasonable assumption, but it's hard not to look at the 2600g's price tag and say, "Not even one free game?"

As for performance, there's no question the 2600g is a rocket, especially when it comes to games. Although it didn't prove to be a performance leader--its application scores were average at best--it certainly put the spurs to games, productivity software, and everything else. We ran Quake 4 in Ultra mode with every special effect turned on and enjoyed completely smooth gameplay, even at 1,600x1,200.

The Shuttle XPC P 2600g's standard warranty covers parts and labor for one year. You can purchase one- and two-year extensions for $100 and $150, respectively. Given the already sky-high price of the system and our perhaps unreasonable fears about having all those hot-running, high-performance parts in such a small chassis, we were hoping Shuttle would include at least two years of coverage. Phone tech support is toll-free but limited to weekday hours (9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. PT). You could go online for help, but the minimal FAQs and setup screens aren't system specific, offering little real benefit.

Application performance
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
BAPCo's SysMark 2004 rating  
SysMark 2004 Internet-content-creation rating  
SysMark 2004 office-productivity rating  

Doom 3 (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Doom 3 1,600x1,200 4XAA 8XAF  
Doom 3 1,024x768 4XAA 8XAF  
Puget Custom Computers Liquid-Cooled PC (2 Nvidia GeForce 7800 GTX, PCIe, SLI)
104.5 
164.7 

Half-Life 2 custom demo
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Half Life 2 1,600x1,200 4XAA 8XAF (new demo from 10/05)  
Half Life 2 1,024x768 4XAA 8XAF (new demo from 10/05)  
Puget Custom Computers Liquid-Cooled PC (2 Nvidia GeForce 7800 GTX, PCIe, SLI)
86 
110.6 

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System configurations:
Dell XPS 600
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 SP2; 3.8GHz Intel Pentium 4 670; Nvidia Nforce-4 SLI Intel Edition chipset; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; (2) 256MB Nvidia GeForce 7800 GTX (PCIe SLI); (2) Hitachi HDS725050KLA360 500GB 7,200rpm SATA; integrated Nvidia Nforce-4 Intel Edition SATA RAID controller (RAID 0)

Falcon Northwest FragBox 2 (Athlon 64 FX-57)
Windows XP Professional SP2; 2.8GHz AMD Athlon 64 FX-57; ATI Radeon RS480 chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 7800 GTX (PCIe); (2) Seagate ST3160827AS 160GB 7,200rpm SATA; integrated Silicon SiI 3114 SoftRAID 5 controller (RAID 0)

Polywell Poly 939N4X2
Windows XP Professional SP2; 2.2GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+; Nvidia Nforce-4 chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 7800 GTX (PCIe); (2) WDC WD740GD-00FLA2 74GB 10,000rpm SATA; integrated Nvidia Nforce RAID controller (RAID 0)

Puget Custom Computers Liquid-Cooled PC
Windows XP Professional SP2; 2.8GHz AMD Athlon 64 FX-57; Nvidia Nforce-4 SLI chipset; 2,048MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; (2) 256MB Nvidia GeForce 7800 GTX (PCIe SLI); (2) WDC WD740GD-00FLA2 74GB 10,000rpm SATA; integrated Silicon SiL3114 SoftRAID5 (RAID 0)

Shuttle XPC P 2600g
Windows XP Professional SP2; 2.8GHz AMD Athlon 64 FX-57; Nvidia Nforce-4 SLI chipset; 2,048MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; (2) 256MB Nvidia GeForce 7800 GT (PCIe SLI); (2) Seagate ST3400832AS 400GB 7,200rpm SATA

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    Shuttle XPC P 2600

    Part Number: P2600 Released: Sep 28, 2005
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    • Release date Sep 28, 2005
    • Color Black