New Shuttle PC has Via Nano, fanless cooling

Slowly, but surely, Via’s Nano processor is making its way into an increasing variety of systems. The latest is a tiny desktop from Shuttle, which has completely passive cooling and draws only up to 50W of power at the wall socket.

At its core, the Shuttle XS29F features a Via Nano U1700 CPU rated for operation at "1.0+GHz" with idle power draw of 200mW. Going by our experiences with the "1.3+GHz" Nano model, it’s possible the U1700 will run quicker than 1GHz more often than not—assuming the system doesn’t get too hot, that is.

The Shuttle XS29F also comes with Via Chrome9 HC3 integrated graphics, High Definition Audio, up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM, and support for 300MB/s Serial ATA storage. Rear ports include DVI, VGA, USB (four of ’em), and Ethernet. Neither Via nor Shuttle seem to have announced more details or pricing information just yet. However, we wouldn’t be surprised if the XS29F ended up priced competitively with nettops like the Asus Eee Box B202.

In recent months, Via’s Nano processor has also appeared in Samsung’s 12.1" NC20 notebook. Dell has revealed that it’s planning a Nano-based server system for web hosting applications, too.

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    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 10 years ago

    Wrong place, starting over…

    • eitje
    • 10 years ago

    AH, *[

      • MadManOriginal
      • 10 years ago

      pfft, some VIA lover YOU are!

        • no51
        • 10 years ago

        Apparently he didn’t read the charter.

        • eitje
        • 10 years ago

        Head to the forums and look for some threads I’ve made.

        I’m always trying to put a better GPU together with the awesome, low-power of a VIA CPU. 🙂

      • ludi
      • 10 years ago

      What? But it runs Crysis!

      o[

      • odizzido
      • 10 years ago

      yeah, I initially thought “oh god chrome”…but then I decided you probably won’t be buying this for games so maybe it can be forgiven.

        • eitje
        • 10 years ago

        a DX9 IGP won’t even do Aero, though. 🙁

          • Anonymous Coward
          • 10 years ago

          With a “1ghz+” CPU, would you want to try, in any case?

          • Trymor
          • 10 years ago

          A config like this cries out for XP or linux (is there a decent driver for Chrome ?), or a BSD net/file/media server of some kind.

          • Nomgle
          • 10 years ago

          DirectX 9 GPUs cope just fine with Aero – it runs on the Intel 945 as found in most Netbooks.

          PixelShader 2.0 is the only hardware requirement for Aero.

    • dermutti
    • 10 years ago

    Has Via announced when the dual core Nanos (Nanoes?) will come out? I’m not sure I’ll ever buy a single core system again, but a dually with an Nvidia chipset would be the hotness.

    • flip-mode
    • 10 years ago

    if price <= $200 Shuttle == win;

    no OS necessary.

    • Hattig
    • 10 years ago

    Hmm, what’s the cost, considering the Mac Mini is smaller, more powerful, has more USB ports(!), and also doesn’t consume much power.

    Nice for dusty workplaces though.

      • danazar
      • 10 years ago

      The Mac Mini also starts at $599, which is likely twice what this thing will cost. The Mini is in a whole different league than this thing.

        • flip-mode
        • 10 years ago

        Exactly. There are other issues with the Mini as well – I understand that it is a major PITA to make any upgrades (RAM, disk) to the thing.

      • SomeOtherGeek
      • 10 years ago

      Ah, fanboyism….

        • Usacomp2k3
        • 10 years ago

        He has a point. This thing needs to be positioned south of $400 to have a shot at moving.

    • phileasfogg
    • 10 years ago

    And, buried amongst all of the Ion hoopla in yesterday’s Lenovo announcement of the S12 netbook, we should note that Lenovo will also offer a Via-Nano based netbook starting in June. However, the Via-Nano model will only be available for purchase outside the US.

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