Shuttle Launches 4 New Products
Anh Tuan Huynh
June 6, 2006 6:26 AM
Shuttle's X100 reminds me of a classic Nintendo console
SS31T Mini tower
M1000 made to look like home theater component
SN27P2 "toaster" box
Two new systems and two new barebones
Shuttle has expanded its product lineup with four new systems. New systems include two completely new models and two revisions to previous products. Starting with the completely new systems are the Shuttle X100 ultra small form factor system and the SS31T nanoBTX barebones. Previous products getting revised included the new Viiv-compliant M2000 home theater PC and the SN27P2 barebones cube.
While Apple has its Mac Mini and AOpen has its
Mini PC series
of ultra small form factor systems, Shuttle has the new
. Shuttle’s take on the ultra small form factor system differs from the Apple and AOpen products significantly. While Apple and AOpen use integrated graphics and 2.5-inch hard drives, the Shuttle X100 raises the performance bar for small form factor systems by equipping the X100 with a MXM slot which allows for higher performance upgradeable graphics. A full size 3.5” hard drive is also installed inside the X100 which allows for greater storage capacity and higher performance compared to the 2.5” drives used in the Mac Mini and Mini PCs.
Past Shuttle products have been available as barebones but the new X100 will only be available as a complete system like the AOpen Mini PC MP945 and Apple Mac Mini. An entry level model starting at $699 will be equipped with a Celeron M 420 clocked at 1.6GHz with 1MB of L2 cache, 512MB DDR2, 160GB hard drive, slot-loading DVD/CD-RW Combo drive, ATI Radeon Mobility X1400 and Windows XP Home Edition.
Processor performance should be quite similar between the X100 and Mac Mini since the $599 Mac Mini comes with a 1.5GHz Core Solo processor. The only advantage the Mac Mini has is the 2MB L2 cache and 667MHz front-side bus. However, with the Mobility Radeon X1400 graphics card, the X100 boasts support for Microsoft Windows Vista Premium compatibility as well as superior 3D performance.
Those that want dual-core will be happy to know that Shuttle is also offering a high-end unit with a Core Duo 1.8GHz, 1GB DDR2, 250GB hard drive, dual-layer slot-load DVD-RW drive, 802.11a/b/g wireless networking, ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 and Windows XP Professional Media Center Edition 2005. Pricing for the high-end model will be $999, which is quite competitive with the Apple Mac Mini. The X100 offers a faster processor, upgradeable graphics, more system memory, and a significantly larger hard drive.
There are no plans to offer higher performance graphics cards in the X100 at the time; though Shuttle has a Mobility Radeon X1800 equipped X100 running at the Shuttle US offices without any problems.
On the opposite of the size spectrum is the new
. This isn’t your typical toaster sized Shuttle barebones. The SS31T is roughly twice as tall as the typical Shuttle P chassis and is based on the nanoBTX form factor. With the increased height comes increased expansion potential. Two 5.25” and two 3.5” drive bays are available for optical drives, card readers, hard drives, etc. Users can equip the SS31T with standard BTX cooling components and power supplies. The unit ships with a 250 watt power supply.
Those expecting to build a performance system may be disappointed by the specifications of the SS31T motherboard. Processor support is limited to 533/800 MHz LGA775 processors and the chipset is a SiS 662 north bridge and SiS 966L south bridge combination. Core 2 processors are not supported. An integrated DX7 SiS Mirage Graphics core outputs a single VGA connector, though a single PCI Express x16 slot is also available for graphics upgrades. Pricing for the SS31T is expected to be less than $150.
Moving onto home theater PCs is the
. The new M2000 brings a couple upgrades to the previous M1000 system. These upgrades include the Intel Core Duo T2400 1.83GHz processor and GeForce 7600GS 256MB graphics although it unfortunately lacks HDMI and HDCP support. Other notable features include integrated 7.1 channel audio, S/PDIF input/output with Dolby Digital Live encoding, DVI, component video output, dual TV tuners, 8-in-1 card reader, wireless keyboard and mouse. Pricing is expected to be around $2099 for a complete system.
Lastly we have the new
which sports a new front bezel and socket AM2 support. Based around the NVIDIA nForce 570 Ultra the SN27P2 has quite an impressive feature list. Aside from supporting socket AM2 processors it also has four 240-pin DIMM slots for up to 8GB of system memory. There are also three internal SATA II ports and one e.SATA port available -- plenty for the case capacity. A Realtek ALC882 high definition audio codec drives eight channels of audio and a front headphone output. Lastly a Marvell 88E1116 Gigabit PHY rounds out the features. Pricing of the SN27P2 is expected around $350-400 for the barebones.
Retail availability of all the new products is expected within 3 to 4 weeks.
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