updated 11:20 am EDT, Wed October 18, 2006
Shuttle XPC SN27P2 PC case
Shuttle has put out the SN27P2, an AMD variant (and upgrade) on the company's Intel-based SD37P2 "barebone" case. While deliberately excluding CPUs, disc drives or video cards, the SN27P2's motherboard (a Shuttle FN27) supports Athlon 64 X2 and FX processors, four DDR 2 memory slots for up to 8 GB of RAM, and a PCI Express x16 slot that can handle double-slot graphics cards so long as you don't require the regular PCI port. Up to four SATA hard drives can be combined. The case also comes with a beefy 400W power supply and native gigabit Ethernet support. Cooling is managed through Shuttle's Silent X system, making use of a full four internal fans. To keep cables out of the way in such a small form factor (12.8x8.3x8.7 inches), some are pre-installed and/or clipped to the chassis.