The new XPC SN26P is where it’s at for gamers who are fans of the SFF since it is capable of taking a pair of 7800GTXs (we know this because although the English press release limits itself to 6800s those crazy Germans say it will go the whole hog here) making you the envy of LAN parties up and down the country. A pair of asbestos arms may be required to carry your little ball of fire home afterwards though.
So, what about the rest of the package? Well, given that the X2 based unit was called the SN25P it will strike you as no surprise that the SN26P is socket 939 based. This means Sempron, Athlon 64 and Athlon FX processors can find a home here as well as the aforementioned dual corers. The welcome mat is also rolled out for blazing fast SATAII hard drives courtesy of four connectors, while Raid 0, 1 and JBOD are also on the menu.
Up to 2GB of RAM can be thrown into this baby while there are 2x DVI-I and 1x TV out connectors (including adaptor cables for analog VGA and S-Video/Composite TV out), a 7.1 integrated sound chip, Gigabit Ethernet, 2x FireWire (one front) and 6x USB2.0 (two front) and even an optional wireless LAN module. Built in heatpipe technology should keep noise from the SN26P to a minimum, while a Silent-X 350W mini PSU should still ensure there’s plenty of juice.
We’re still waiting on a price for a barebones SN26P, but a version which ships with two nVidia 6800GT cards is currently going for a not insubstantial 1,399 euros (around £955). Still, it could be worth the cash just to see the look on your friend’s face when this 32.5 x 22 x 21cm, 5.8Kg valkyrie tears their water cooled juggernaut to shreds…