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XPC SN41G2 PC do-it-yourself kit
- — 18 July, 2003 07:42
If you require a powerful, well equipped computer system, but don’t have the space for a mid-tower computer case or a big budget, then this do-it-yourself kit from Shuttle will allow you to employ a strong configuration in the tiniest of PC enclosures.
The cubed shape of the barebones Shuttle measures just 30x18x20cm (LxHxW). Its chassis is made of aluminium, helping to make it very light while still retaining rigidity. As such, the Shuttle XPC is perfect for gamers who regularly attend LAN parties or techie types who want to share a system between work and home environments. Three drive bays are provided, one each for the hard drive, a floppy drive and a CD-ROM device, and its 200W power supply sprouts five power connectors. It will come with the power supply and a Shuttle FN41 motherboard, which will act as the basis for an AMD-based system for CPUs with a 266MHz front side bus (a heat-pipe cooling system is supplied). You will need to purchase and install the CPU, memory and drives yourself.
The FN41 board features an NVIDIA nForce chipset with integrated graphics, sound and 10/100 LAN capabilities, and has a wealth of connectivity features including USB 2.0, FireWire, dual VGA ports and TV-out. An AGP adapter can be added to the system and there is also a PCI slot for add-ins such as a modem. The unit is simple to work with and clear instructions are provided to guide you. As is always the case with small enclosures, some fiddling and careful routing of cables will be required, especially when installing any add-in cards.
In brief: Shuttle XPC SN41G2
Providing potent processing capabilities in a form factor that won’t take up much valuable desktop space, the Shuttle XPC is perfect for space restricted users or even nomads who like to drag their PC over to their mate’s house for network gaming sessions.
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