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Max Speed Per Square Inch: Shuttle XPC X100

As expected, Shuttle Computer officially unveiled its new small form-factor system called X100 at the CeBIT show in Hannover, Germany. The main idea the developers had for the system was to pack desktop-class performance and feature-set in the smallest possible form-factor.

The goal was achieved quite successfully: the XPC X100 has dual-core processor, advanced Shader Model 3.0-supporting graphics core, large hard disk drive, DVD burner and even powerful audio solution. While the system ended up a bit larger compared to Apple’s Mac mini or AOpen’s Cube mini, it provides much more features and higher performance compared to these two.

Shuttle XPC X100 will ship as a system, not as a barebone, because it is based on mobile components which are not easy to obtain in all countries. The basic configuration will have Intel Core Duo T2400 (1.83GHz), Intel 945PM core-logic, 512MB of DDR2 memory, 250GB HDD, DVD burner, ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 with 128MB of memory MXM module, Intel high definition audio, Gigabit Ethernet, wireless network controller and card-reader. Of course, buyers will be able to configure the parts online before purchasing.

End users will obtain the XPC X100 with pre-installed Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2006, which emphasizes the current positioning of the product.

The basic configuration will cost about $1000, which is quite a lot. For this amount of money users do not get maximum performance and also do not obtain the smallest computer on the market. Instead of that customers get what Shuttle calls the most perfect balance between size and performance.

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