In Pictures: 16 matchbox PCs - small but powerful

These tiny systems, ranging from bare-bones boards to full-blown, ready-to-run PCs, are ideal for hackers and hobbyists who want to create their own powerful machines.

Almost a full PC These built-up matchbox systems offer a little more breathing room.

Clockwise from top left: The Trim-Slice H packs not only an ARM Cortex-A9 processor and an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset but a 2.5 SATA hard disk into a fanless case. Prices start at $279, with developer kits available at $175.

The folks at Cappuccino PC build full-blown Intel systems (Atom or Core, your choice); the fanless SlimPro SP675FP, shown here, measures 10 in. on its longest side and sells for $685.

CompuLab's fit-PC3, which starts at $275 with minimal configuration, uses a dual-core 64-bit AMD processor with a 2.5-in. hard disk and a Radeon HD 6250 or 6320 GPU.

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