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ragejg
06-22-10, 06:00 PM
So my friend is trying to clean his basement out which has lots of hardware odds & ends in it, including a huge box full of functional fans of all sizes, a few Antec cases, a Wave Master, an HP Netserver (Pentium Pro)...

And then he handed me what looked like a Shuttle XPC. He said "I have another one as well, but you can have this one".

On the way home I looked at the inside and noticed what I thought was a usual VIA EPIA motherboard with DDR support.

Then this morning I investigated further. Well, first off, here it is:

http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/8355/ismaybeashuttle.jpg

Inside is an Enhance 200W PSU. Right now I have 1gb of DDR stuffed in it, a CD-ROM drive, 30gb 5400rpm hard drive, and a Promise Ultra 100 TX2 IDE controller card.

Now, about the motherboard. It was developed by VIA and Tyan. This thing is pretty cool!!

http://kakaku.com/akiba/images/05/09/20050913newpro_mother_vt310dp_13.JPG

Here's a launch article (2005): http://tinyurl.com/2v5jwcf

So yeah, three LAN jacks, one of which is Gigabit, two low-power processors... oh and it has a mini-PCI slot underneath the board (I'd put a WiFi card in there). Pretty dang neat. :) I'm gonna throw XP on there jut to see how it does with normal use... and maybe if the CPU power is somewhere around that of a single Athlon XP, I might toss an 8400GT or 9500GT PCI in there and turn it into a Source Engine/Battlefield 1942/Vietnam LAN Party rig that is adept at playing standard-def media.

Idk, maybe it's just supposed to be a home web server setup?

We'll see. :p

Roliath
06-22-10, 09:16 PM
Grab a kill-a-watt and see how much it uses under load.

Yaboze
06-22-10, 09:44 PM
Is it too slow for a little media box?

Mr Bigman
06-22-10, 10:28 PM
So my friend is trying to clean his basement out which has lots of hardware odds & ends in it, including a huge box full of functional fans of all sizes, a few Antec cases, a Wave Master, an HP Netserver (Pentium Pro)...

And then he handed me what looked like a Shuttle XPC. He said "I have another one as well, but you can have this one".

On the way home I looked at the inside and noticed what I thought was a usual VIA EPIA motherboard with DDR support.

Then this morning I investigated further. Well, first off, here it is:

http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/8355/ismaybeashuttle.jpg

Inside is an Enhance 200W PSU. Right now I have 1gb of DDR stuffed in it, a CD-ROM drive, 30gb 5400rpm hard drive, and a Promise Ultra 100 TX2 IDE controller card.

Now, about the motherboard. It was developed by VIA and Tyan. This thing is pretty cool!!

http://kakaku.com/akiba/images/05/09/20050913newpro_mother_vt310dp_13.JPG

Here's a launch article (2005): http://tinyurl.com/2v5jwcf

So yeah, three LAN jacks, one of which is Gigabit, two low-power processors... oh and it has a mini-PCI slot underneath the board (I'd put a WiFi card in there). Pretty dang neat. :) I'm gonna throw XP on there jut to see how it does with normal use... and maybe if the CPU power is somewhere around that of a single Athlon XP, I might toss an 8400GT or 9500GT PCI in there and turn it into a Source Engine/Battlefield 1942/Vietnam LAN Party rig that is adept at playing standard-def media.

Idk, maybe it's just supposed to be a home web server setup?

We'll see. :p

Very goodf find .

I had a couple o f those awhile back and your idea is good with source games which will suit it fine.

Those boxes can run 24 7 no issues cuz their low power profile too.

CaptNKILL
06-22-10, 10:45 PM
Wow. Dual Via processors?

That's interesting. The power consumption is probably pretty low but I bet its sloooowwwww. Seriously, when I built a SFF rig I opted for a 2.4Ghz Pentium 4 because the 1.3Ghz Via chips were about one third of the speed most of the time. And a P4 is far from a speed demon. :o

Still, that's an interesting find. I've never seen such a computer. :)