The most exciting developments are in Biostar's new chassis design. These new models sport HTPC features, including a front-panel display and a control logic card capable of playing music, DVDs, and the like without booting the system into Windows.
Most strikingly, Biostar has developed a very nifty hinged chassis opening mechanism, lovingly dubbed the "shark mouth."
This ingenious arrangement allows easy access into the guts of the casebetter than anything I've seen in any SFF system. This new chassis is, like Shuttle's P series, based on a slightly modified version of Intel's BTX specification. Unlike Shuttle, Biostar has retained BTX's shrouded, front-to-rear cooling channel. Also, Biostar expects to deliver Athlon 64 systems based on this form factor, with the necessary accommodations. Like Biostar's current IDEQ's the new chassis can swallow a pair of 3.5" internal drives, but the external 3.5" bay has been replaced with a vertical set of flash card slots located on the left side of the unit's front face.
|Fractal's double-wide Node 804 case can swallow a dozen drives||46|
|Friday Night Shortbread||25|
|Friday night topic: Where is that plane?||128|
|WSJ: Microsoft, Google pressure Asus into shelving dual-OS tablet||35|
|Deal of the week: Discounted tablets, wireless keyboards, cheap SSDs, and more||12|
|Xbox One tightens gap with PS4 in U.S. shipments||52|
|Amazon Prime gets a price hike; Google Drive gets a price cut||48|
|Somehow this translates into a dual-Hawaii card, right?||102|