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New machines target all computing categories

Shuttle is famous for its small form factor machines. The company makes the tiny computers for all sorts of uses from gaming to HTPCs. The company has announced some new models at CES 2010 in Las Vegas that offer nice specs.

Shuttle announced its new J series machines and another redesigned all-in-one PC. The new J series SG41J1 is an entry-level series of machines that support mini-ITX mainboards. The machines are based on the Intel G41 chipset and can support the Intel Core 2 Quad processor line and feature Intel X4500 graphics.

The J series also has a mainstream model called the SH55J2 that is in a new J2 chassis and uses the Intel H55 chipset. The machine is designed to run the new Intel Core i3 and Core i5 processors. A high-performance J series machine called the SX58HJ3 has also debuted that is designed for gamers and enthusiasts. The machine is designed to run the Intel Core i7 CPU and supports ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI graphics.

"We're very excited about these new products and just released some photos and specs on our website to kick-start the show," said Nicolas Villalobos, Manager at Shuttle Computer Group in Los Angeles, "But, we're pretty much saving the best for last -- tomorrow we're going to be making one of the biggest announcements in Shuttle history at our press conference. If you can make it, don't miss it."

Shuttle has also unveiled a new all-in-one computer called the Shuttle X50 V2. The machine is based on the Intel Atom platform, uses the D510 dual-core processor, and has Intel GMA3150 graphics. Shuttle has offered no pricing or availability information on the new machines at this time.

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Not worth it...
By jonmcc33 on 1/7/10, Rating: 0
RE: Not worth it...
By LeviBeckerson (blog) on 1/7/2010 12:45:55 PM , Rating: 4
Unless you're building an accessible HTPC and don't want it to take up an acre of real estate in your equipment cabinet. Granted, there are alternatives and they may be cheaper, but for the niche market Shuttle targets, I don't think their prices are out of line. They aren't catering to experienced builders, really, but people with the spending power to just buy it, IMO.

RE: Not worth it...
By dubldwn on 1/7/2010 4:46:00 PM , Rating: 2
The big story here for me is at least some use of mini-ITX mainboards. I had two Shuttles, and might still have them if they used mini-ITX. Unfortunately, the boards were proprietary which limited my upgrade path.

RE: Not worth it...
By Samus on 1/8/2010 4:27:25 AM , Rating: 2
I've had a lot of quality problems with Shuttle's the past few years...which is too bad, because the early models I had up to the SN25G2 were great machines. But lately I've had power supplies and motherboards fail right out of warranty, and they're NOT cheap to fix.

RE: Not worth it...
By jonmcc33 on 1/8/2010 8:40:19 AM , Rating: 2
Unless you're building an accessible HTPC and don't want it to take up an acre of real estate in your equipment cabinet.

There are better HTPC solutions that are smaller (thinner), cheaper and actually allow you to switch out the mATX motherboard. They actually look like home theater equipment and use riser cards for the PCI slots.

The Shuttle XPC is for people that just want smaller cases, which would be me as I cannot stand full towers. Unfortunately their price tag for a severely limited motherboard, low end PSU and case aren't worth it.

RE: Not worth it...
By sprockkets on 1/7/2010 2:52:23 PM , Rating: 2
Seeing as how their barebones pcs are $200-$679, and only one model at the 679 level, they still sell just fine. Plus aluminum chassis cost much more than plain steel.

RE: Not worth it...
By jonmcc33 on 1/8/2010 8:42:40 AM , Rating: 2
NewEgg barely carries them anymore. The $200 versions are their low end with lack of proper cooling, 200W power supplies and lack much ability to support higher end video cards. Aluminum chassis does not cost more than steel. There are plenty of all aluminum Lian Li cases that are well under $100.

By Taft12 on 1/7/2010 3:49:32 PM , Rating: 2
Can we get a link to some pictures please? The Core i7 machine that supports Crossfire and SLI would be a really cool one to see Shuttle-ized...

A single link to a PR release feels more like advertising than reporting.

By VooDooAddict on 1/7/2010 4:46:21 PM , Rating: 2
Have to agree. I'd like to see the new unit with crossfire support see if it's any larger than the existing i7 shuttle. I greatly doubt it ... but if it were just a touch wider and able to support two double width video cards I'd be all over it. I'm betting it's 2 single width PCIe 2.0 x16 slots like the existing Core i7 model.there aren't many single width gaming cards these days.

By Basilisk on 1/7/2010 5:17:24 PM , Rating: 2
Hmmm... did you want CrossFire on the J-series (mini-ITX = single slot) or on the Atom-processor model? :) 'Don't think you're going to win in this next release.

If you aren't into gaming the suttles are nice
By PAPutzback on 1/7/2010 1:42:46 PM , Rating: 2
I had an AMD box about 8 years ago and it started out ok but after a CPU upgrade to an AMD 3000 and an X800XL (which barely fit) I had to cout out the rear vent to get enough air through it to keep it cool. But for a nice looking desktop mod performance PC they are probably the best looking pcs for a small form factor, mini-itx might be their niche.

By jonmcc33 on 1/8/2010 11:31:48 AM , Rating: 2
If you aren't into gaming then why not get a laptop? For the same price as one of these premium SFF barebones ($700) you can get a really nice laptop.

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