updated 02:40 pm EDT, Mon August 21, 2006
Shuttle Core 2 Duo XPC
The first small form factor PC to use Intel's Core technology was Intel-based Apple's Mac mini. Soon, though, the long-time SFF manufacturer Shuttle will be introducing its own Core-based systems with a focus on performance over Apple's miniturization. At roughly the size of a breadbox, the SD37P2 barebones case is meant for Core 2 Duo desktop processors and up to two ATI video cards in a CrossFire high-performance link (one card from any manufacturer is of course an option). It also supports up to an ample 8GB of RAM and allows for external expansion through two Firewire and eight USB 2 ports. As a basic case with power supply and mainboard, the SN37P2 will sell in Europe for the equivalent of $537 US by the end of September. North American pricing is still unannounced but should follow very shortly.