iXBT Labs - Computer Hardware in Detail






Shuttle AB60/RS (i865PE) Mainboard

Boards from this company always had good build quality and a relatively low price. Apart from this model the line includes higher-level AB60/R with the Intel's Gigabit network controller, and entry-level one AB60/N with a 100Mbit network controller (no FireWire, no SATA RAID). 

The board has a well thought-out design. You can only have problems when reaching connectors located along the left edge. Also, it can be difficult to reach some jumpers when the board is already installed. Their functions are not indicated on the PCB. The 3-phase switching voltage regulator incorporates 8 capacitors of 3300 uF, and 4 of 1500 uF. There are also voltage regulators of the AGP bus (2 1500 uF and several less capacious) and of the memory (4 of 1500 uF). 

The board measures 305x245 mm ("wide ATX", 9 screws fastens it). 

Connectors which are left space for: network controller and RJ45 connector. +5 V supplied in the StandBy mode is indicated with the green LED located next to the power supply connector. Another green LED placed between the memory slots and CPU socket indicates power supply to the memory. System monitoring is supported by the ITE IT8712F-A chip. It controls: 

  • processor voltages, +3.3, +-5, +-12 V, VBAT and +5 V Standby;
  • rotation speed of 2 fans;
  • temperatures of the processor (built-in sensor) and the board (built-in sensor).

Ports & connectors onboard

  • Socket 478 with preinstalled CPU cooler holder;
  • 4 slots for DDR SDRAM DIMM (grouped in pairs);
  • AGP slot (not Pro, with a retention clip);
  • 5 PCI slots (32bit, 33MHz);
  • Power supply connectors: standard ATX and 4pin for 12V;
  • FDD;
  • 2 IDE (Parallel ATA) - on chipset;
  • 4 Serial ATA: 2 on chipset, plus 2 at the expense of an additional controller;
  • 2 connectors for a bracket with 2 FireWire ports;
  • 2 connectors for brackets with 2 USB ports each;
  • Connector for a standard IR module;
  • Connector for audio-out from CD/DVD drive;
  • Connector for AUX-IN audio source;
  • Wake-On-LAN;
  • Connectors for a bracket with additional audio-outs and S/PDIF;
  • 3 connectors for fans (1 without rotation control).

Rear panel (left to right, in units)

  • PS/2 ports for keyboard & mouse;
  • COM (2) & LPT ports;
  • 2 USB (2.0);
  • 2 USB (2.0);
  • 3 audio connectors  (Line In/Out & Microphone).


  • Package of an attractive standard design;
  • Documentation: user manual, manual for SATA RAID (in English);
  • Cables: 1 SATA (without power supply adapter), 1 ATA66/100/133 (round, in red cambric) and FDD;
  • Bracket with 2 FireWire ports;
  • Bracket with 2 USB ports;
  • Bracket with Center/Sub connector;
  • I/O Shield;
  • CD with software:
    • drivers;
    • user manual in PDF;
    • system monitoring programs;
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader;
    • Award WinFlash.

Integrated controllers

  • audio controller based on the Realtek (Avance Logic) ALC650 AC'97 codec; 5.1 audio system supported, front audio-outs and S/PDIF connector provided;
  • SATA RAID on the Silicon Image Sil3112ACT144 chip, supports RAID 0 & 1 on the SATA150 protocol;
  • FireWire on the VIA VT6306 chip, with 2 ports supported.


jumpers and switches Jumper to clear the CMOS  
Jumper disabling RAID controller  
Jumper disabling FireWire controller  
BIOS based on Phoenix AwardBIOS 6.00PG  Setup of memory timings + CAS Latency, RAS Precharge, RAS to CAS Delay, Active to Precharge Delay
Setup of memory frequency + Auto, 266, 320, 400 MHz (at FSB 800 MHz)
Setup of AGP bus -  
Setup of PCI bus -  
AGP/PCI frequency setup + AGP(PCIx2) = Sync, 66, 73, 80 MHz
PCI IRQ manual assignment +  
FSB frequency setup + 100-233 MHz in 1MHz steps
CPU clock ratio + x8-x50 (of no use for processors with the locked multiplier)
CPU voltage control + 0.825-1.85 V in 0.0125V steps
DIMM voltage control + Auto, 2.65, 2.7, 2.75 V
NB voltage control -  
AGP voltage control + Auto, 1.55, 1.6, 1.65 V 

We used the BIOS AB60RS0U as the latest available version.


Speed was never a strong point of Shuttle  - here we have a board based on one of the best chipsets, with good functionality and accessory pack, excellent overclocking tools but... with a poor performance. It's quite difficult to recommend such solution for anyone, and I just hope for new BIOS versions to raise the speed, and for other versions of this model with a different suite of controllers of peripheral interfaces. 

Test results: 


Dmitry Mayorov (destrax@ixbt.com)

Vladimir Rybnikov (puree@ixbt.com

Write a comment below. No registration needed!

Article navigation:

blog comments powered by Disqus

  Most Popular Reviews More    RSS  

AMD Phenom II X4 955, Phenom II X4 960T, Phenom II X6 1075T, and Intel Pentium G2120, Core i3-3220, Core i5-3330 Processors

Comparing old, cheap solutions from AMD with new, budget offerings from Intel.
February 1, 2013 · Processor Roundups

Inno3D GeForce GTX 670 iChill, Inno3D GeForce GTX 660 Ti Graphics Cards

A couple of mid-range adapters with original cooling systems.
January 30, 2013 · Video cards: NVIDIA GPUs

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1

An external X-Fi solution in tests.
September 9, 2008 · Sound Cards

AMD FX-8350 Processor

The first worthwhile Piledriver CPU.
September 11, 2012 · Processors: AMD

Consumed Power, Energy Consumption: Ivy Bridge vs. Sandy Bridge

Trying out the new method.
September 18, 2012 · Processors: Intel
  Latest Reviews More    RSS  

i3DSpeed, September 2013

Retested all graphics cards with the new drivers.
Oct 18, 2013 · 3Digests

i3DSpeed, August 2013

Added new benchmarks: BioShock Infinite and Metro: Last Light.
Sep 06, 2013 · 3Digests

i3DSpeed, July 2013

Added the test results of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 and AMD Radeon HD 7730.
Aug 05, 2013 · 3Digests

Gainward GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB Golden Sample Graphics Card

An excellent hybrid of GeForce GTX 650 Ti and GeForce GTX 660.
Jun 24, 2013 · Video cards: NVIDIA GPUs

i3DSpeed, May 2013

Added the test results of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770/780.
Jun 03, 2013 · 3Digests
  Latest News More    RSS  

Platform  ·  Video  ·  Multimedia  ·  Mobile  ·  Other  ||  About us & Privacy policy  ·  Twitter  ·  Facebook

Copyright © Byrds Research & Publishing, Ltd., 1997–2011. All rights reserved.