There is a tendency at the moment with PCs to think FASTER, BETTER, MORE, but for those with a little more sophistication you’ll enjoy Shuttle’s latest.
The XPC SD11G5 (a totally unsuitable name for such a beauty so I’m going to call it Sienna because of her “honourable silence” recently) is the company’s swanky attempt at a virtually noiseless PC. Designed with a loving K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Silent), Shuttle has managed to create in Sienna a system with less than 24dB output. By comparison, typical Shuttle XPCs run at 32dB with standard PCs measuring around 40dB.
As you might expect for such a design, Sienna is a low power Pentium M based machine utilising an Intel 915GM chipset. She isn’t short of power though as she packs in a PCI Express interface and advanced features such as a Sound Blaster Live! 24bit EAX High Def 7.1 audio card and DDR2 533 memory support. A Silent X 220W external PSU helps keep the acoustics low.
Sienna won’t be cheap at 416 euros, though Shuttle assures us she will be “coming soon”, which should get the hordes excited.
We've got one in the labs now, expect a review soon.