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Shuttle XS29F nettop with VIA Nano CPU

Shuttle XS29F nettop with VIA Nano CPU

VIA and Shuttle have put together the latter's first SSF (small form factor) PC based on the former's Nano processor.  The Shuttle XS29F pairs the Nano U1700 CPU with VIA's VX800 media system processor, meaning that unlike many nettops the XS29F has both VGA and DVI Dual video outputs.

Video demo after the cut

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Shuttle X50 All-in-One touchscreen nettop with Atom 330 dual-core

Shuttle X50 All-in-One touchscreen nettop with Atom 330 dual-core

CES may have been less well attended than last year, but it was still big enough that many stands went ungraced by the SlashGear team.  One I wish we'd called by was Shuttle's, who were showing off their X50 All-in-One nettop.  As has been pointed out, it's a direct rival to the ASUS Eee Top, only instead of that model's N270 processor the X50 rocks a 1.6GHz dual-core Atom 330 CPU. 

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Intel Atom 330 dual-core benchmarks less impressive than expected

Intel Atom 330 dual-core benchmarks less impressive than expected

Intel's Atom 330 is most definitely intended for the nettop, not the netbook, market, we're told, and so hopes were high that the latest super-efficient chip would offer a pleasing boost of dual-core performance what with battery concerns no longer an issue.  PC Pro brought a Shuttle barebones - I'm guessing the X27D - based on the Atom 330 in from the cold and proceeded to benchmark it against not only the single-core Atom N270 but a 2GHz VIA C7-D system too.  The results were, to be blunt, mildly disappointing.

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