System: Shuttle ST62K Zen XPC :: XPC Setup and BIOS

03-01-2004 · Category: Hardware - Systems

By Benjamin Sun

The CPU cooler on the ST62K is based upon the ICE (Integrated Cooling Engine) that was introduced with their XPCs a couple of years ago. The ST62K has a new 80mm fan to keep the CPU cool and quiet. In normal usage, the ICE gave a CPU temperature of 39C during my testing. This compares favorably with the cooling of a standard Pentium 4 cooler of around 42-45C under the same conditions.

System: Shuttle ST62K Zen XPC

In most XPCs, the power is provided by a power supply attached to one of the sides of the XPC internally. On the ST62K, the power is provided by an 180W power brick. To attach the power brick, simply take out the power cord attach it to an outlet and then to the brick, then attach the power cord from the brick to the XPC. Shuttle calls this power brick silent, and for the most part it is.

System: Shuttle ST62K Zen XPC

Shuttle's hardware bundle is rather nice for a XPC. Included is the ST61K XPC, hdd cable, CDROM cable, a set of extra screws, power cord, a second HDD cable with 2 more IDE cables for 2 HDDs, a TV Out cable, 2 flexible front feet, the External Power Adapter, and a cable tie. Two manuals are included with the XPC, a Quick Start instruction Guide and a Main board Manual FT62.

System: Shuttle ST62K Zen XPC

Setup of the ST62K is fairly easy and I'll go step by step here for those who've never put together a XPC. In fact it's often easier than putting together a regular computer. While most people buying a XPC know how to put together their computers I feel it's necessary to show how easy installation can be.

To install the HDD simply unscrew the 3 thumb screws on the back of the XPC and slide off the white metal case. At this point you can install the hdd easily by loosening one thumb screw and moving the HDD cage a inch to the right and inserting the HDD. Screw in the screws, attach the IDE cable and power cord and the HDD is ready to boot.

At this point, I decided to install the CPU. The first step in installing the CPU on the XPC is removing the 4 thumbscrews holding the cooling system fan in place and removing the fan. To unseat the ICE cooling system simply push down and away the levers on the metal assembly, releasing the clamps. After lifting off the heat sink, lift the lever and correctly insert the CPU. After correctly applying the thermal paste, go through the reverse process and the CPU is installed.

System: Shuttle ST62K Zen XPC

Most XPCs come with a removable tray for the hard drive and for the CDROM. On the ST62K unit, the tray isn't removable. To install a CDROM you simply unscrew a couple of screws and pop out the front plate. The cables included with the unit make installing a CDROM easy. The CDROM cable loops around the case and through a hole to attach to the CDROM. The HDD cable is a short cable from the IDE port to the hdd which is housed on a separate cage.

The next steps finish the process. In my case, I inserted two 256 MB sticks of DDR400 memory into the memory slots, clamping them down. As there was no AGP slot, I didn't have to worry about installing a add-in video card. At this point, I was all but done putting together the ST62K XPC. After double checking the connectors, I replaced the cover to the XPC, screwed in the thumbscrews and attached the power brick, mouse, keyboard, and Ethernet cable.

At this point I booted the computer to the BIOS and checked the settings of the computer. After saving the BIOS settings, I rebooted and installed Windows. All in all, this process is easy the first time, especially since step-by step instructions are included with the XPC which are wonderfully illustrated and thorough.


System: Shuttle ST62K Zen XPC
System: Shuttle ST62K Zen XPC
System: Shuttle ST62K Zen XPC
System: Shuttle ST62K Zen XPC
System: Shuttle ST62K Zen XPC
System: Shuttle ST62K Zen XPC
System: Shuttle ST62K Zen XPC
System: Shuttle ST62K Zen XPC
System: Shuttle ST62K Zen XPC