Shuttle preps fanless Celeron-powered PC

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Shuttle is well known for its lineup of fanless x86 PCs, most of which are powered by Intel's Atom processor.

According to Fanless Tech, Shuttle will be launching a new model with a little more kick, as the machine is slated to be fitted with an Intel Celeron 847 CPU.

As Liliputing's Brad Linder points out, while the Celeron 847 isn’t considered the latest example of chip technology, this 17W Sandy Bridge SoC offers more power than an Atom chip and significantly better graphics.

Additional specs? Up to 16GB of RAM, a SATA III storage interface, a few PCI-E slots, two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, two Gigabit Ethernet jacks, DVI and HDMI ports, a flash card reader and 65W power supply.

The device measures 7.9″ x 6.5″ x 1.6,″ making it an appropriate size for a living room media center PC or even a fairly capable desktop system.

The Celeron-powered Shuttle will be officially launching this June. In the meantime, you may want to check out Foxconn's $250 fanless AMD-powered mini computer which features a low-power AMD C-70 processor paired with Radeon HD 7290 graphics, two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports DVI and HDMI ports, an audio jack, a memory card reader, and Gigabyte Ethernet.

The system also supports up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, along with a SATA 3.0Gb/s port for a hard drive or solid state disk. Newegg is currently selling a barebones model for a $250 price point, which does seem a bit steep, especially with all the uber-cheap Android-powered PCs-on-a-stick flooding the market today.

Then again, Foxconn's AT-5570 is essentially a tiny desktop (measuring 7.5″ x 5.3″ x 1.5) capable of running Windows, Linux and other operating systems.