Prolific small form factor (SFF) PC manufacturer Shuttle has performed a neat double trick this week delivering a powerful nForce 4 based barebones system and a rather stylish, living room suitable media PC.
First up is the nForce 4 orientated SN25P which delivers a swift poke in the eye to anyone who claims SSF machines cannot be performance orientated. It supports Athlon64/FX processors (complete with 1GHz HyperTransport system bus), 16x PCI Express graphics cards and sports a 350 watt power supply which I’m sure overclockers will be keen to exploit.
For the storage hungry, the P series chassis allows for up to three 3.5in hard drives to be fitted and RAID is supported. Connectivity is well catered for with integrated Gigabit LAN, Firewire 400, and an 8-in-1 card reader. Sound is provided by built-in eight channel audio.
Secondly, we have the BYOTH (“Build Your Own Home Theatre” – a rather acrobatic acronym) branded XPC SB83G5C to give the system its correct (and more boring) product name.
Like the SN25, it is no slough either because being built around an Intel 915G platform, the SB83G5C supports Intel Pentium 4 LGA 775 format processors, PCI Express graphics cards, serial ATA RAID arranged hard drives, Gigabit LAN, FireWire and optional wireless (via the PN15g add in module).
The “Home Theatre” aspect of the XPC comes from an integrated TV Tuner card with remote control and the versatility of Shuttle’s own MAX Home Theatre Software, which allows users to organise and play digital audio, video and image files and time shift TV.
Both machines should be out sometime in March and, while pricing has not been finalised, the SN25P should carry an RRP of approximately £260 plus VAT, with the SB83G5C yours for roughly £300 plus VAT.