Shuttle HOT-591P Baby AT Motherboard
Last updated: 3/27/00
Measuring only 8 5/8" on a side,
this is a small motherboard. Because it is small and the
position of the CPU is to the front, and left of center, where it will
clear most drive bays, the 591P should fit into almost any Baby AT case.
The CPU placement is not so good, however,
if you are going to install a full-length PCI board. But,
on the second hand, I don't believe anyone with a full-length PCI board
is going to use this board in the first place. So, I'll call it
There is an Electrolytic capacitor right
behind the AGP slot which may interfere with some high-end video boards.
The floppy and hard disk cable connectors
are well located, for a Baby board, and easy to get at.
The memory sockets are well positioned
for such a small motherboard, but, like many Baby AT boards, they are
obscured by the drive cables when installed. The SIMMS conveniently
snap-in from left to right so installation isn't a problem because of
the proximity to the power supply in some smaller cases.
The board has both ATX and Baby AT power
connectors, and associated jumper, which are located behind the keyboard
connector for easy installation.
The CPU socket has no components around
the socket which would interfere with clipping-on the CPU fan. There
is one three-pin fan connector near the CPU socket.
The front panel connectors are in two
rows along the left, front of the board where they are easy to see and
get at. They are clearly labeled.
The FSB and AGP clock jumpers are in a
poor location: the left front corner and well under the drive bays in
many smaller cases.
There are five mounting holes and ample
doughnuts surrounding each of them.
All four corners of the motherboard are
nicely rounded. This should reduce the chance that the corners
will be broken or bent.
SLOTS. The 591P has three ISA,
three PCI, and one AGP expansion board slots. While this is not the
more popular 2/5/1 configuration found on many recent boards, it is a good
one for a compact board used as a replacement. I still favor three
ISA slots, particularly for servicing and upgrading older computers. Only
three PCI slots is the price you pay for such a small board; but, three of
them, with an AGP slot, are adequate for most computer configurations.
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