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Asus & Via Mini PC Platforms Stun Big Boys

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Size apparently doesn't matter after all...

This week Computex's busiest companies Asus and VIA have been at it again showing off two tiny 'micro' PCs capable of giving full-size desktops a run for their money.
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First up is VIA with its 'Mini-ITX 2.0' design, the companion chipset to the remarkable Nano CPU. Despite measuring just 170 x 170mm, it packs a potentially huge punch thanks to a spec which offers a 16x PCIe slot and storage galore from 2x SATA II and 1x PATA connectors. Connectivity is fairly extensive too with WiFi, HDMI, VGA, three audio jacks and Gigabit Ethernet, while VIA has reiterated the setup is capable of Blu-ray playback and even a game of Crysis (with a decent GPU). If you don't believe that latter statement, check this out.

Windows XP, Vista and Linux OSes are all supported though sadly dates and pricing aren't yet available.
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As for Asus, it has followed up the success of its Eee PC 901 and 1000(H) launches with the 'Mini PC' Nova Lite PX24' a step-up from the Eee Box though linguistically less catchy.

At only 242 x 184 x 51mm and 1.5Kg it is also a tiddler yet packs a choice of 160/250GB HDDs, a 1.2GHz Celeron 220 CPU, up to 2GB RAM, a DVD writer, WiFi and HD capable playback with HDMI output. DVI, VGA (via an adaptor), Ethernet and 5.1 audio/SPDIF make it inside too.

A remote control will be supplied with the Mini PC showing up its media centre target audience (as does the ATI 620LE integrated graphics chipset) and while it may have you drooling you'll likewise have to wait for launch info and RRPs.

Time to be patient... *bangs head on table*...
Do as I say, not do as I do.

Links:
Via Mini ITX 2.0 Gallery
Asus Mini PC Nova Lite PX24 Press Release

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