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Shuttle jumps on Intel Atom bandwagon with cheap PCs

by Tarinder Sandhu on 3 June 2008, 19:45

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Jumping on the Intel Atom bandwagon with both feet, Shuttle will be releasing at least two new SKUs just after COMPUTEX.

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The X27, pictured above, will house an Atom 230 processor, running at 1.6GHz, on a 945GC/ICH7 chipset combination.

The underlying logic is old and inexpensive to produce, frankly, ensuring that the X27 is a cheap-as-chips box.

Supporting only single-channel DDR2 and no PCIe slot for graphics expansion, the mini-ITX platform, whilst cheap, won't be a performance powerhouse.

We reckon it could well for folks looking towards a basic, no-frills PC that suitable for emailing and watching Youtube. Anything more and it may run into trouble.

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The K58, above, follows much the same trend as the X27, albeit in a larger chassis.

Probably more suited as a kids' PC, the K58 has a user-changeable cover and some nice lights.

Shuttle's take for Intel Atom's nettop vision is a little different from most, but no worse off for it. We just hope pricing is really, really keen.




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I'd buy the X27 if it uses the MOBILE Atom chipset (Poulsbo)and not the crappy 945GC that Asus use in the Ebox and if it can take a 3.5 HDD… would make a good NAS box or HTPC if it is kitted out with the hardware acceleration that the Poulsbo chipset has.
Bad news the specs are

Shuttle X27
Intel Atom 230 1.6GHz onboard CPU
Intel 945GC / ICH7 chipset
1x DDR2 533 / 667, up to 2GB
1x PCI slot for further expansion
Gigabit LAN, 4x USB 2.0, 5.1 audio
Mini ITX platform
60W external adapter
Slim chassis design

So thats a good chip and a cheap crap motherboard that won't due bluray.
A low-cost shuttle like that using the new ATI external graphics for expansion could be quite nice :)
DavidM
A low-cost shuttle like that using the new ATI external graphics for expansion could be quite nice :)
I agree.
Intel suck for stopping atom mb's from having PCI-E :(