New Shuttle barebones has dual-core Atom

Penny-pinching system builders, look out. Shuttle has announced the X27D, a small-form-factor barebones PC that includes one of Intel's dual-core Atom 330 processors. If you haven't received the memo yet, the Atom 330 is essentially a pair of 1.6GHz Atom 230 CPU dies stuck together on the same package. That means two cores and four threads, if you take Hyper-Threading into account.

Shuttle couples the X27D's Atom 330 processor with a Mini-ITX board that has an Intel 945GC chipset, Intel GMA 950 graphics with both VGA and DVI outputs, one DDR2 memory slot, two Serial ATA ports, one "parallel" ATA port, Gigabit Ethernet, and 5.1-channel audio. The teeny chassis (which measures just 9.8" x 7.3" x 2.8") leaves room for one 2.5" hard drive and one slim optical drive, and it receives power via an external and fan-less 60W power supply.

Of course, the whole point of using Atom CPUs is to cut costs. Shuttle quotes an EU price of €205 before taxes for the X27D, which works out to around $260. Considering how European and U.S. prices tend to relate, we'd expect pricing closer to the $200 mark on this side of the Atlantic. Chuck in 2GB of RAM and a 2.5" hard drive, and this thing may not cost a whole lot more than Asus' ~$300 Eee Box B202.

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