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Shuttle SX38P2-Pro Intel Core 2 Extreme / Quad / Core 2 Duo Intel Socket T(LGA775) Intel X38 Barebone

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  • Intel Core 2 Extreme / Quad / Core 2 Duo Intel Socket T(LGA775)
  • Intel X38 ICH9R
  • 4 x 240Pin DIMM DDR2 800/667

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If you need to take a step beyond laptop, take a look at Shuttle's SX38P2-Pro, a "barebones" PC with just a case, power supply and motherboard, that'll let you build just about anything you want. The small form factor case has a subtle, elegant design capable of fitting in almost anywhere, including your living room. Doors cover the bays and ports, so all you see is the smooth, black front face, silver accents, and a blue power light.

The SX38P2-Pro's unique fan/heat-pipe cooling system lets you use the latest quad-core processors without fear of cooking them. You have room for a couple of PCIe slots, for your video card(s), and even a Wi-Fi card in the mini-PCIe slot. A 5.25 inch bay, three 3.5 inch bays let you install a variety of drives, and the four slots for DDR2 memory let you pack enough punch to take care of most normal build-it-yourself needs. External eSATA, USB, FireWire and Gigabit Ethernet ports, with analog and digital outs for the built-in 7.1 channel HD audio, along with a slot for an external Wi-Fi antenna, ensure you can connect all the peripherals and extra storage you can afford!

Ready to work with the tweakers and overclockers, it has a number of presets, and you can even change the memory frequency. There's even a convenient button to clear the BIOS if you go too far. Well built and easy to work with given its size, quiet and yet with room for the latest cards, the SX38P2-Pro makes a great foundation for a small but mighty computer! Take a look for yourself!

  • newegg Intel Socket T (LGA 775) The XPC Shuttle SX38P2-Pro's motherboard supports Intel LGA 775 (Socket T) processors including the Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo and Pentium D series as well as the next generation Intel 45nm processors.
  • newegg Intel X38 Express Chipset The high-end Intel X38 Express chipset features Intel Turbo Memory for improved system responsiveness and supports the latest Intel Extreme Tuning Utility so that over-clockers can exploit every potential of the Intel processors.
  • newegg PCI-Express 2.0 with ATi CrossFire Technology The PCI-Express 2.0 interface provides twice the bandwidth of PCI-Express X16 to handle the data load of next-generation graphics cards while retaining compatibility with current PCI-Express cards. ATi Crossfire technology enables two graphics cards to operate simultaneously for doubled graphics performance.
  • newegg OASIS Cooling Technology Shuttle’s OASIS heat pipe cooling system effectively dissipates heat from the North Bridge, South Bridge and MOSFET modules for extended system longevity and largely-reduced operation noise.
  • newegg Built-in 450W PSU The XPC Shuttle SX38P2-Pro is equipped with a powerful 450W power supply unit that delivers strong power to all system components and provides a high level of system reliability.
  • newegg Convenient Front I/O Panel The XPC Shuttle SX38P2-Pro features a convenient front I/O panel for easy access to two USB 2.0 ports, one 4-pin IEEE 1394a port and two audio ports.

Learn more about the Shuttle Computer SX38P2-Pro



CPU Supported

CPU Type
Intel Core 2 Extreme / Quad / Core 2 Duo
CPU Socket
Intel Socket T(LGA775)
1333/1066/800/ MHz


North Bridge
Intel X38
South Bridge

Memory Supported

Memory slot
4 x 240Pin DIMM
Memory Type Supported
DDR2 800/667
Max Memory Supported
Dual Channel Memory Supported

Expansion Slots

PCI Express
2 x PCI Express x 16 (Gen 2.0)


1 x ATA 100
Serial ATA
4 x SATA 3.0Gb/s


Onboard Audio
Realtek ALC888DD


First LAN
Marvell 88E8056(10/100/1000Mbps)
Max LAN Speed

Extension Bays

3.5" Internal bays
5.25" External bays

Front Panel Ports

Front USB
Front IEEE 1394
1 x Mini IEEE 1394
Front Audio Ports
2 jacks

Back Panel Ports

Rear USB
Rear IEEE 1394
Rear S/PDIF Out
1 x Coaxial & 1 x Optical out
Rear Audio Ports
6 jacks
Other Rear Ports
2 x eSATA port

Power Supply

100 - 240V AC
Power Supply
Support 80 PLUS

Physical SPEC

12.8" x 8.3" x 8.7"


Package Contents
User Manual
Driver Disk
I.C.E Technology CPU heat-pipe
2 x SATA cable (pre-install)
SATA cable
IDE Cable (pre-install)
Floppy cable
1 set to 2 set 6pin VGA power cable
2 x Cross Fire bridge
USB to USB cable for Speed-Link
1 set 4pin Power Cable
Power Cord
Heatsink Compound
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information

Customer Reviews of the Shuttle Computer SX38P2-Pro

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  • Gary M.
  • 10/23/2009 7:59:43 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNo video, 2x DOA Shuttles

Pros: None - never got a single sign of life from the video.
Newegg was great in terms of helping me through the RMA's.

Cons: Never worked.

Other Thoughts: Thanks to Newegg for helping me through a couple of RMA's, finally had to bail on the whole Shuttle thing. Tried two different Shuttles, two CPU's, two video cards (one of which was the model Shuttle uses for internal testing), two monitors, two sets of memory, never got any sign of life from the video. No signal at all. Talked to Shuttle support and went through diagnostics with them with no luck. They mentioned that some "bios issues" might exist but since no video kind of hard to diagnose that.

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  • Shane d.
  • 10/22/2009 3:34:23 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAnother sweet Shuttle

Pros: Has more drive bays than usual Shuttle size, nice looker, well laid out internally, subtle, can take a full size graphics card, lots of ports, super easy build

Cons: A little larger than typical Shuttle chassis, some cables are too short (SATA cables for upper drive bays), would rather an extra SATA cable instead of an IDE ribbon, had problems with Wintec memory - check compatibility list before ordering CPU, video and memory

Other Thoughts: This is the third Shuttle I've built and all have lasted really well. This one is a little bit larger and not as quiet (lots of fans) as some others in the range. I guess it's a trade off for more performance.

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  • Jacob S.
  • 10/8/2009 7:42:55 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome compact all-in-one solution

Pros: This is my server and HTPC. With E8400, 2x7200.11 1.5TB drives, 2x2GB G.Skill, and a Galaxy Lo-Pro 9600GT and a HP SATA DVD-R and it works great. I had a little issue with booting to SATA drives, but after a call to support all was good. I plan on adding another HDD when needed so having the capability is great! Blue power light isn't obnoxious like some other cases. Speed-Link system is great! Just hit the button and connect USB to USB and transfer files. Backed up my laptop, my GF's laptop and my desktop. I don't see why this isn't built into every computer.

Cons: Can be a little on the loud side while running hot.

Other Thoughts: DO YOUR HOMEWORK! Shuttle's are kind of picky when it comes to RAM/CPU compatibility.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/7/2009 11:13:09 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty good

Pros: Looks great, it's small so it doesn't hog all your desk space. The motherboard supports 8GB of RAM. Great method of stacking drives internally to maximize the small space. All of the usable cards/chips are listed on their help website.

Cons: The power supply can NOT be upgraded due to the fact that the power supply is custom to the case. The video card is limited to roughly 9 1/2 inches or less due to a motherboard power cable which is in the way. The power cable is in a poor spot, but not too many cards which are longer than 9 1/2 inches would even run with the 450 watt power supply.

Other Thoughts: Make sure you check the list on their site for what can and can not be used before you buy anything.

The case has a fingerprint scanner installed, but even with the drivers I have no idea how to get it working.

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  • Alexander B.
  • 7/19/2009 3:24:58 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUpgrade from SD37P2 v2

Pros: Same wonderful P2 chassis Shuttle's been selling for years. Compact and looks great in my home theater setup, next to piano black components. Ridiculous capabilities in a small package. The new heat-pipe based "oasis" cooling for the chipset seems to work quite well.

Cons: Cramped. Shuttle makes the best of it with some excellent cable management, but to install the the case has to be empty of RAM, expansion cards and all the trays. And if you go with a dual-slot graphics card, you're out-of-luck as far as additional cards (sound, or a USB or eSATA hub).

Shuttle's support continues to be a little iffy, 64-bit drivers are a little dicey and the fingerprint reader utility flat-out refuses to run in 64-bit. I don't mind as I don't bring my Shuttle to LAN's or whatnot. Windows XP SP3 does recognize it as a fingerprint reader, so perhaps a 3rd party security suite could make use of it.

Other Thoughts: My SD37P2's mobo/PSU died suddenly and I was looking for a drop-in replacement. I found it in the SX38P2 Pro. All the components fit and it's just generally 'nicer' than the 2-3yo shell of my old computer.

Xeon X3230 @ 2.66GHz (stock)
4x 2GB GSkill 4-4-4-12 PC6400 DDR2 800 (bus frequency automatically set by mobo, timing had to be manually set)
nVidia 9600GT
Creative X-Fi Titanium
300GB Velociraptor system drive
Hitatchi and Samsung SATA storage drives

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  • Karl S.
  • 4/18/2009 11:22:13 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust bought this works well.

Pros: Solid, perfect size for my limited space, good temp ranges when monitoring, easy to set up. Does not skip a beat with anything. The MFR Website has a list of compatible hardware. The graphics card I chose is the most powerful available for this machine and has great HD features. (offloading to card) And it fits!
Nice Built in Processor Coolor/Fan + Cooling Compound in box.

Cons: My BD/HD-ROM Combo LG Sata does not line up with eject button just right. I use eject/close tray in windows. This might actually be a good thing to confuse the small children if they find this button. With some effort I think I could line it up this is not a big priority for me.
Don't force the graphics card. It needs to go in first before the 5.25 tray so that needs to come out first. Take your time with it it fits perfectly but takes up both PCIe slot space.

Other Thoughts: Blu Ray/DVD Combo N82E16827136133
Gskill memory 4GB N82E16820231207
XP sp3 oem N82E16832116515
ASUS Gforce 9800 GT N82E16814121300 (This fits but takes up both slots it's huge. Must be put in before 5.25 bay. Temp runs 68 at highest so far 81 mfr limit)
Wireless keyboard and mouse N82E16823126041
e8400 N82E16819115037
Western Digital Green Drive 1tb N82E16822136317

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/16/2009 7:35:27 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsShuttle SX38P2-Pro 1 Year User

Pros: Small form factor case that fits nicely on the desktop. The case looks beautiful and simple, not too flashy. The unit ran well for quite some time before I started having issues. Pretty simple to build, although video card installation was almost not possible.

Cons: Unit ran well for at least 6 months before problems started to develop. First the 2 rear fans started to get loud and worn down. Now there is an issue with either the PSU or Mobo. If I restart or power down the case, there is a 90% chance it wont boot. I hit the power button, fans kick on but no boot up. The blue power light won't come on either. The only way to get it to boot back up is to keep unpluggin power cable and to keep trying. I am afraid it will eventually not come back on. The HDD in this case are not cooled AT ALL. They are literrally on top of the case directly under the cover. There is no room whatsoever for air flow, even if you installed a small fan by them. Also, they are in the hottest part of the case, the top. The video card (GeForce 8800) almost didnt fit, I had to really maneuver and hold my breath to force it in a bit. Everything is proprietary about this unit. This includes the power supply, mobo, cpu cooler, etc... Finally...CPU (E88400 Core 2 Duo) @ 52c Idle!

Other Thoughts: I was very happy at first, unitil I started having the reboot/power-up problems. I am not sure if it is the PSU or mobo, but either way I am getting out of the proprietary setup and moving to an ATX mid setup again. The small form factor is awesome, but now I have to get a new PSU, which means a new case, which means a new mobo, which means a new cpu cooler, etc... Its a shame I can't keep any of it. Temps were way too high, especially CPU. I did try contacting customer support during first few months regarding fan control utility and finger print reader driver for Vista x64. They only responded with "we are not going to offer those drivers." Nice, keep selling a product for which you refuse to update with drivers. I took the risk getting this build, hoping it would last at least a couple years. Unfortunately, its costing me $440 to get a basic case, psu, mobo, cpu cooler in order to get out of this setup. At lest I can keep my HDDs, RAM, video card for the new build.

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  • Kathryn E.
  • 3/10/2009 1:36:46 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot for gamers

Pros: This is my 3rd Shuttle case, simply cannot beat the price and the simplicity of the barebones system. Once again this case is solid. They seem to have really nailed down the cooling and noise issues from their earlier models

Cons: Will NOT fit the new Nvidia GTX 260 and above video cards in there current state. ($30 restocking fee mistake on my part here). Must settle for a GTS 250 which is an inch shorter than the GTX 260+ series. This was a disappointment. The ATX PWR2 connector is in the worst possible spot on the mobo. The GTX 260 card simply will not fit without some scary modifications to either the clip or the mobo, which of course voids the warranty. Either that or wait until these cards shrink.

Other Thoughts: Will probably be my last Shuttle if video cards continue getting bigger and more power-hungry. The small compact case is Shuttles turn-on, but it needs to be able to keep up with these huge cards.

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  • William B.
  • 10/16/2008 9:58:23 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStill Impressed

Pros: This is a follow-up to my previous review, since that was made just after purchase. No change in my satisfaction--I continue to be impressed by this computer. So much that I'm writing a second review. It is easily the most stable system I've ever owned. I'd built my last few systems with ASUS motherboards, which tend to be relatively stable and quick. This one outshines them all. No crashes, no problems. I run my Intel Quad Q6600 at 2.7GHz without any hiccups, and as mentioned before I'm using PC8000 memory. It runs amazingly cool. The cooling system in this is brilliant, right down to the fluid filled (DI H2O) pipes in the CPU heat sink.

Cons: None that I've found. I feel bad for those few that have had a bad experience.

Other Thoughts: I contacted Shuttle tech support with a technical product question after purchase. I expected nothing because I'd read a few comments that they don't respond. However, they responded quickly and to every email and question. Quite helpful and pleasant. I rarely use tech support because most companies don't have any worth their weight, so this was a nice surprise. However, I don't know how they'd be if I'd had a real problem...!

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  • Chunkit K.
  • 10/10/2008 8:03:55 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA no bios post

Pros: *good looking
*strong fans

Cons: *LOUD



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