We haven’t heard from Shuttle for a few months, but it hasn’t been sitting around. Today it is showing off no less than four new case designs including its first eagerly awaited Viiv offering.
That particular model is called the SD365M, it is built around the company’s popular G5 small form factor (SFF) case design and features an integrated VFD display that provides status information. It is compatible with the Intel 915G Express chipset and has support for DDR2 memory, a 1066MHz FSB and comes equipped with a PCI Express x16 slot.
There’s built in FireWire, USB2.0, eight channel digital audio and Shuttle’s patented SilentX technology which means it should be virtually noiseless. With an MRP of 404 euros (ex. VAT) it isn’t cheap, but it will be a new flagship and you can grab one as of next month.
Also coming at the same time we have the SN21G5, an nForce 410 technology based machine with integrated GeForce 6100 graphics designed for the budget market.
It takes all AMD socket 939 processors, including the X2 range, and a PCI Express x16 slot means graphics can be upgraded should you suddenly become a little deeper of pocket. There’s SATAII and – once again – the G5 base means silent running. Despite emphasising the affordable nature of the SN21G5, Shuttle decline to provide a price, so keep your eyes peeled for this one when it also arrives next month.
Taking a rather different approach is the M2000, a multimedia PC styled around a horizontal ‘Hi-Fi Format’. Designed to become an integrated multimedia component to replace your old VHS, CD or DVD player it will be built around the Intel Socket 479 platform, sport Core Duo processors, come equipped with an nVidia GeForce 6600LE card with 256MB RAM, feature analogue and digital TV out, dual TV tuners, DVD dual layer recording and an 8-in1 card reader.
Like the SD365M, a VFD display is built into the front panel, along with a Creative Sound Blaster Live! 24bit audio card. WiFi comes as standard and you’ll only be able to buy it in complete, as opposed to barebone, form. No date or price on the M2000 yet, but it looks set to be a class leader.
Rounding off a busy day is the X100, another Socket 479 based SFF model also fully equipped only and running a Core Duo processor, 250GB HDD, ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics card, Wireless, 4-in-1 card reader and DVI/TV out.
It stands just 5.35cm tall, swears down it will run virtually silently and, curiously, ships with Microsoft Windows XP, not Windows Media Centre. 512MB of DDR2 RAM comes as standard, so you should probably bump that up to 1GB at order. No date or price here either, but my Scooby Sense tells me March is a likely month will a budget orientated price.