One example is FIC and its Condor system. The Condor is an interesting, uhm, bird, larger than a Shuttle cube but still smaller than most "regular" PCs. With its innovative fold-open enclosure and emphasis on tool-free design, does the Condor fly? Let's find out.
We'll start off by looking at the specs of the Condor. Here's a handy chart for your perusal.
|CPU support||Socket 478 Intel Pentium 4 processors with 400/533/800MHz front-side bus (Prescott supported)|
|North bridge||Intel 865G MCH|
|South bridge||Intel ICH5|
1 4X/8X AGP
2 32-bit/33MHz PCI
2 184-pin DIMM sockets
Maximum of 2GB of DDR266/333/400 SDRAM
|Storage I/O||Floppy disk
2 channels ATA/100
2 ports Serial ATA 150 via ICH5 south bridge
|Audio||2-channel audio via ICH5 integrated audio and ALC202A codec|
1 PS/2 keyboard
1 PS/2 mouse
6 USB 2.0 (2 front, 4 rear)
1 RJ45 10/100 Ethernet via Intel 82562EZ
2 line out (1 front, 1 rear)
1 line in (rear)
1 microphone in (rear)
1 optical digital out (front)
There are a couple of notables here. One is support for Prescott processors, though obviously only those of the Socket 478 variety. Also, in spite of its larger form factor the Condor has the same number of drive bays as most Shuttle cubes. There are a total of three expansion slots, however (1 AGP and 2 PCI), and the placement of the slots (with the PCI on the "outside" relative to the AGP) makes the Condor much more GeForce 6800 Ultra-friendly than the typical Shuttle.