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.
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|
|Memory||2 184-pin DIMM sockets
Maximum of 2GB of DDR400/333/266 SDRAM
|Storage I/O||2 channels ATA/100|
|Legacy ports||1 PS/2 keyboard, 1 PS/2 mouse, and 1 Serial port|
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|
|Bus speeds||FSB: Default + 1-15MHz in 1MHz increments|
|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.