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Shuttle's Zen XPC ST62K small form factor system


Manufacturer Shuttle
Model ST62K
Price (Street) $320
Availability Soon

SHUTTLE HAS made some long strides its first SV24 barebones system, but the delightful little cubes have actually put on weight along the way. As enthusiasts and gamers demanded more robust power supplies and support for AGP graphics cards, Shuttle's XPC cubes grew to accommodate those desires. However, not everyone needs a beefy power supply or the pixel-pushing prowess of a discrete graphics card.

For mainstream markets and applications that don't require discrete AGP graphics, Shuttle has whipped up a smaller, quieter "Zen" XPC ST62K system. By stripping the cube of its AGP slot and using a passively-cooled external power supply, Shuttle manages to make the ST62K nearly 20% smaller than current XPC systems. And thanks to ATI's Radeon 9100 IGP, the ST62K is still packing DirectX 8 graphics under the hood.

Is Shuttle's Zen concept a viable alternative to AGP-equipped XPC systems? Read on to find out.

The specs
Let's get things rolling with a peek at the ST62K's spec sheet.

CPU support Socket 478-based Intel Pentium 4 processors
Form factor Flex ATX (Shuttle form factor)
Chipset ATI Radeon 9100 IGP
North bridge ATI RS300
South bridge ATI IXP 150
Interconnect Intel Accelerated Hub (266MB/sec)
PCI slots 1 32-bit/33MHz
AGP slots None
AMR/CNR slots None
Memory 2 184-pin DIMM sockets
Maximum of 2GB of DDR400/333/266 SDRAM
Storage I/O 2 channels ATA/100
Serial ATA None
Legacy ports 1 PS/2 keyboard, 1 PS/2 mouse, and 1 Serial port
USB 4 USB 2.0 ports
Additional two USB 2.0 ports via internal header
Firewire 2 IEEE 1394 Firewire ports via VT6307 Firewire controller
Audio 6-channel audio via IXP 150 integrated audio and ALC650 codec
Rear-mounted analog front, rear, surround, and center outputs
Front-mounted line in and microphone inputs, and headphone output
Rear-mounted digital S/PDIF input and output ports (Tos-Link)
Video Integrated Radeon 9100 IGP
Ethernet 10/100 Fast Ethernet via Realtek RTL8100C
BIOS Phoenix AwardBIOS
Bus speeds FSB: Default + 1-15MHz in 1MHz increments
Bus dividers None
Voltages CPU: default, 0.8250-1.5875V in 0.025V increments
Monitoring Voltage, fan status, and temperature monitoring

Without an AGP slot, Serial ATA, or RAID capabilities, the ST62K's spec sheet looks a little sparse. However, the Zen's appeal has little to do with its paper specs. In fact, Apple fans may fall in love with the cube on sight.

Has Shuttle fallen under the influence of the RDF?