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New ultra small form factor system

DailyTech has received images and specifications of Shuttle’s upcoming XPC X200 small form factor system. The new XPC X200 is based on the previously released XPC X100 system. The new XPC X200 shares the same chassis as the XPC X100 but has a few interior changes. Shuttle is taking a different approach with the XPC X200. While the XPC X100 appealed to the performance enthusiast crowd seeking a small and quiet system, the XPC X200 is catering towards the multimedia crowd. At the heart of the XPC X200 is the Intel 945GM north bridge with integrated graphics.

Unlike the XPC X100 that features an MXM slot with an ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 graphics card, the XPC X200 takes a step backwards and uses Intel’s integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 950 integrated graphics core. Nevertheless the XPC X200 will support dual display capabilities via a video dongle. The video dongle connects to the XPC X200’s DVI slot and provides one DVI and one VGA slot.

Celeron M, Core Duo and Core 2 Duo processors will be supported by XPC X200 systems. Two DDR2-667 SO-DIMM slots with support for up to 2GB of memory are supported. Other notable features include high definition audio provided by a Realtek ALC882 codec, Gigabit Ethernet, 4-in-1 SD/MMC/MS/MS-Pro card reader and compatibility with standard 3.5” hard drives.

What differentiates the XPC X200 from the XPC X100 is the optional internal NTSC TV tuner. XPC X200 systems will be available with an internal TV tuner to take advantage of Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005’s digital video recording features—a feat not available on the XPC X100. An XPC Media Center Remote will also be included with XPC X200 systems for optimal laid back use.

Expect the Shuttle XPC X200 to launch towards the end of November with pricing starting at $499.

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huh 945?
By 8steve8 on 9/19/2006 5:32:13 PM , Rating: 2

why not g965? then at least vista will look decent...

this truely looks like they are missing the point..

ppl willing to pay a big premium for this type of product... (and rest assured... shuttle DOES charge a big premium for their products)...
will not want to sacrefice graphics... they do not want to use an old chipset. They do not want to be stuck with "legacy" graphics on the newest version of windows vista.

get a clue.

get this platform with g965, dvi hdcp/hdmi, esata, mxm slot or maybe some pci-e x16 slot (slight additional height might be required...) and then u have a winner shuttle... and only then

RE: huh 945?
By 8steve8 on 9/19/2006 5:36:47 PM , Rating: 3
also true, needs bluetooth and wifi-g..

man the more i see shuttles the more i just want a mac mini when they switch to g965

RE: huh 945?
By Anh Huynh on 9/19/2006 6:22:55 PM , Rating: 2
GM965 doesn't launch till 2007

RE: huh 945?
By 8steve8 on 9/20/2006 3:40:27 PM , Rating: 2
I did not say GM965

i said G965, which can be purchased today.

RE: huh 945?
By Anh Huynh on 9/20/2006 10:01:00 PM , Rating: 2
G965 isn't a mobile chipset. the Shuttle X-series is based on Mobile components.

RE: huh 945?
By 8steve8 on 9/21/2006 4:37:33 AM , Rating: 2
that is true, but we have seen time and time again, u can use desktop intel chipsets with mobile parts... remember the aopen 915g 479 board?, asus has dont it also, many companies have...

if you have used vista on multiple platforms you will know it is literally night and day difference... what you will experience on a GM950 graphics platform vs the x3000 or whatever it is on the g965.

Still Waiting...
By leonowski on 9/19/2006 5:15:55 PM , Rating: 3
...for a Shuttle XPC with CableCard/HDCP for use with Vista Media Center.

Seriously, why would they release this? It doesn't seem worth it unless you have support for Vista+CableCard+HDPC.

RE: Still Waiting...
By GHouseMD on 9/19/2006 11:18:00 PM , Rating: 2
Why would they release a product with features that are unsupported with the current OS - they would just go unused.

RE: Still Waiting...
By THEREALJMAN73 on 9/20/2006 10:03:56 AM , Rating: 2
Yep I agree this is not the product I am looking for..

HDCP, HDMI, built in HD tuner, CableCard...

Someday my HTPC will exist...

RE: Still Waiting...
By sdsdv10 on 9/20/2006 1:43:25 PM , Rating: 2
Yep I agree this is not the product I am looking for..

HDCP, HDMI, built in HD tuner, CableCard...

Someday my HTPC will exist...

...and various DRM restrictions will keep it from doing anything you actually want it to do. ;P

By fic2 on 9/19/2006 5:23:43 PM , Rating: 2
Why does it have PS2 connectors? Doesn't everyone have usb keyboard/mouse?

No wifi? No bluetooth? One tuner?

RE: why?
By deeznuts on 9/19/2006 6:51:29 PM , Rating: 2
Nope. Hate USB mouse and keyboard. They sometimes get funky at high oc speeds.

People with D975XBX boards report bios freezes with usb kb/m.

RE: why?
By sdsdv10 on 9/20/2006 1:46:08 PM , Rating: 2
Nope. Hate USB mouse and keyboard. They sometimes get funky at high oc speeds.

People with D975XBX boards report bios freezes with usb kb/m.

That might be completely true (not an OC'er), but do you really think people are going to OC this Shuttle unit?

RE: why?
By Jkm3141 on 9/21/2006 12:28:06 AM , Rating: 3
ps2 is more compatible.

It's too bad...
By drebo on 9/19/2006 6:35:58 PM , Rating: 2
It's really too bad that Shuttle products are absolute garbage.

I'll never order another after we had five of them go bad within a week's time.

RE: It's too bad...
By Samus on 9/20/2006 12:33:48 AM , Rating: 2
their quality control went to complete shit about 2 years ago. ever since the sn25p (5th generation xpc's) they've lost their edge, and the cost is crazy insane.

RE: It's too bad...
By Naviblue on 9/20/2006 9:55:06 AM , Rating: 2
Yet another case of Fashion over Function...

RE: It's too bad...
By OrSin on 9/20/2006 9:54:45 AM , Rating: 3
5 in 1 week? you might want to look at your wiring. They much not be top notch any more but no way they are that bad. I own 4 and the worst i had was power supply go out and that was my fault for trying to use 6800 ultra in a old model, with the old power supply. People are asking for alot to me. Not that I would not want it most of it, but have you seen how small these are. They mac mini size. And right now using a mac mini as HTPC sucks. My guess is by this time next year they will run Vista fine (upgraded grpahics) with most of the stuff you want.

Now sure why people think eveny product that comes out should be vista ready. Sure vista is coming soon but how many people are going to upgrade day one. Most people buying ystems now will stay with XP for another year or more.

why the fuss over HDMI?
By exdeath on 9/20/2006 10:48:36 AM , Rating: 2
Why the fuss over HDMI for HTPCs? Just get a cable with DVI on one end and HDMI on the other, its the same pin setup.

Some issues I'll pre-empt:

1) audio - I will always prefer optical over copper for audio so the audio carried via HDMI means nothing to me.

2) multiple cables - boo hoo, I'm running everything from s-video, component 1080p, and HDMI to my projector, and have equipment that ranges between simple L/R analog jacks to 7.1 optical (game consoles from SNES to 360) One more fiber optic cable isnt going to kill me. Just learn to hide your cables; can't see any of mine and my AV rack below the screen has glass shelves even!

3) HDCP - not an issue, new video cards with DVI support HDCP. I prefer to bypass it however I can, I purchase my gear and media. I don't lease it from hollywood so fvck them.

RE: why the fuss over HDMI?
By 8steve8 on 9/21/2006 4:42:14 AM , Rating: 2
a few new video cards with dvi do actually do hdcp...
but this unit does not (i presume),.. and you cant stick a new video card into it... so your stuck without hdcp...

and that new blue ray/ hd dvd disk you purchase from hollywood may very well not output 1080p via dvi -> hdmi cable to whatever display you have.... because it will not sense a functioning hdcp output.

RE: why the fuss over HDMI?
By exdeath on 9/21/2006 5:45:07 PM , Rating: 2
HDCP on the projector's HDMI port.
HDCP on DVI on the right video card.

HDCP on both ends, thats all thats needed.

RE: why the fuss over HDMI?
By exdeath on 9/21/2006 5:50:07 PM , Rating: 2
And disc's don't need to sense anything.

As for hardware and firmware, once money and product changes hands and said product enters my home, I do what I please with it.

HDCP is not a concern I can assure you. Anything I construe as leasing or licensing when I have clearly paid in full for a tangible product will be bypassed for my un-nannied fuss free personal use. Period.

Wii bit familiar form
By brshoemak on 9/19/2006 5:27:44 PM , Rating: 5
Seriously, why would they release this?

hey as long as i can download Excitebike, Mario Kart and Donkey Kong i'll be happy. i can't wait to buy a Nintendo Wi....

ohhhhh, it's a Shuttle.

now i get it ;)

"I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For [Paramount] to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks!" -- Movie Director Michael Bay
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