Computex 2007 Preview: Shuttle, Gigabyte, X38 Motherboards

Shuttle X38, P35, and G33 based SFF Systems

Yesterday we ran through the Taipei convention center to see how construction of the booths for this year’s Computex trade show were progressing. When we walked by Shuttle’s booth in hall 2 of the convention center, we saw pictures of three un-announced barebone small form factor systems, the X38 based SX38P3 Deluxe, the G33 based SG33P3, and the P35 based SP35P3 Deluxe. Although the show is still one day away, we came back to the Shuttle booth and were able to see all three of these new systems.

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The first system we looked at was the SX38P3 Deluxe, Shuttle’s new flagship barebone system. The SX38P3 will replace the SD37PV2 as the Shuttle’s high-end Intel based barebone. Since I personally use the SD37PV2, I was interested to see if the SX38P3 Deluxe would have the same basic design flaw that the SD37PV2 had: no standard PCI slot. So we took off the SX38P3 Deluxe’s side panel and saw that in addition to One PCI Express x16 slot, there is indeed a PCI slot. Shuttle caught a lot of criticism for using two PCI Express x16 slots in the SD37PV2, so it is very nice to see that they’ve listened to both reviews and consumer feedback with their latest barebones XPC. We took a sneak peak at the back of the SX38P3 Deluxe as well, and saw that it had no legacy ports: instead it had six USB 2.0 ports on the back panel. We’re not quite sure how large the power supply is, but will be sure to find out when the show officially gets under way.

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We were also able to take a look at the G33 and the P35 based Shuttles, and they look equally impressive. We were able to look under the hood of the P35 based SP35P3 Deluxe and saw that like its X38 based counterpart, it also has a single PCI Express x16 slot and standard PCI slot implementation. We’ll find out more about these when Shuttle officially announces them during the show.

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