Small Form Factor PCs or SFF as its becoming known as of today is making a huge breakthrough in the enthusiast and hobbyist PC markets. Mini PC's were started by end users who didn't want to have their PCs in "crappy old" PC cases and avid LAN goers. After all, it hard to lug around tower and Midi tower cases all across the city and even the state.
Designed in Perspex and wooden boxes in extremely small designs this hobby became a marketing idea for a few companies, amongst them Shuttle. Shuttle has always been in for innovative designs, and pushing the limits of personal computing,
Shuttle first introduced the commercially available SFF based PC, dubbed the XPC line with the SV25 model as the base. Designed AMD Athlon and Duron CPUs. VIA's KN133 chipset was used to power the system with onboard Savage XP graphics, the performance was less than stellar, but launched Shuttle into the SFF market.
Shuttle needed a new model in with to build the XPC on. Shuttle dumped VIA in favour of SiS, who's integrated solutions were more appealing, supported DDR SDRAM and proved much faster than any VIA based integrated chipset. The next Athlon based XPC was the SS40G. This baby included the SiS 740 chipset, Firewire and all the other goodies the SV25 brought to the table. Video performance of this model was 40% better than the SV25 with no extra price over the SV25, making it a much more appealing system.
Market demand started to push on an AGP slot on the SFF systems, with SiS unable to provide a AGP slot with the 740 chipset, Shuttle moved back to VIA with the KM266 chipset for the SK41G. This allowed for onboard graphics to be used or an optional AGP 4x video card to be installed into an AGP slot inside the system.
With introduction of the nForce2 IGP chipset with all the latest features, Shuttle just couldn't resist bringing out a XPC based on this chipset. Today we are fortunate enough to get a look at the XPC SN41G2.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- Blompkamp's 'Alien' sequel won't 'see the light of day'
- First look at how Musk's underground tunnels might work
- Overwatch is now home to over 30 million gamers
- Nintendo sold 2.3 million NES Mini consoles
- Nintendo forecasts 10 million Switch sales this year
- G1 Sniper 2 rev 1.0 wont boot with GtX 1070
- H97M Pro4 - Machine comes out of sleep mode when deactivated but monitor does not
- ASUS USB-AC53 Nano AC1200 Wireless Adapter Review
- GIGABYTE Xtreme Gaming XTC700 CPU Cooler Review
- ASRock 990fx Extreme9 and NVMe support
- Get ready for Intel Optane memory with ASRock 200 series motherboards!
- Acer unleashes the Predator Triton 700, a thin yet powerful gaming notebook without compromise
- Acer's new Predator monitors with quantum dot technology deliver spectacular gameplay experiences
- Acer expands its gaming notebook line with the powerful Predator Helios 300
- Western Digital ships fourth-generation Helium Hard Drive platform with Ultrastar He12 12TB advanced storage hard drives