Shuttle XPC SD31P barebone goes dual-core

Posted on Tuesday, June 21 2005 @ 17:17 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Shuttle today presented the XPC SD31P, the first SFF with a dual-core 64-bit Intel processor. Incorporating a full spectrum of cutting-edge technology including Intel’s new 945G Express chipset, the XPC SD31P delivers advanced features to help businesses lower costs and increase productivity in an ergonomic enclosure one-third the size of a regular desktop computer.

The XPC SD31P is one of a new generation of XPC products that build upon Shuttle’s experience as the leading manufacturer in the high-end market. Many of its internal components have been revised to improve upon the award-winning design of previous models. To begin with the XPC SD31P features the all new Intel® 945G chipset assuring support for current and future Intel processors including dual core and 64-bit models. In addition, this platform also adds faster FSB and memory channels, and increases storage performance with SATA 3Gb/s. Integrated with this chipset is Intel’s tweaked Graphics Media Accelerator 950 (GMA 950) for improved 2D and 3D DirectX™ 9 support and speed increases in games and 3D applications.

On the audio front Shuttle have partnered with industry veterans Creative Labs to deliver a new onboard High Definition audio solution. “For a long time Creative Labs’ products have been synonymous with high-end PC audio. It is with great pleasure that Shuttle Inc now offer this level of performance as standard,” enthused CK Huang.

Another first for the XPC SD31P is the inclusion of an external SATA hot-plug port. Now, users will be able to harness the performance benefits of SATA for their portable devices. What’s more this feature also marks the first time that an XPC is able to connect to 4 hard drives at once without sacrificing space for an optical drive. The performance and security benefits of true RAID 0+1 are now available in the XPC at no extra cost.

Noise levels and cooling have also been improved with the XPC SD31P. Shuttle’s trademark ICE cooling system has been fitted with a larger 92mm fan for more efficient operation, and rubber dampers have been added to the toolless drive cage to reduce vibrations from third-party components.

The XPC SD31P is about to begin shipping to customers around the globe. Depending on local markets, end-users can expect to see the XPC SD31P in their favorite retail stores in as little as two weeks. The product specification page of this XPS can be found here

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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