Sandy Bridge in a 3.5l chassis
has announced a new barebone that will be a part of its Slim PC lineup, the XH61 barebone. The new XH61 is based on Intel's H61 Express chipset and features support for Intel's socket LGA 1155 Sandy Bridge processors.
As far as the specs go, the new XH61 barebone is packed in a 242x200x73mm (3.5l) slim X-type chassis and features mini-ITX FH61 motherboard based on Intel's H61 Express chipset. It supports Intel's LGA1155 Sandy Bridge 32nm CPUs with TDP of up to 65W, has two DDR3 memory slots with support for up 16GB of DDR3-1066/1333 memory. Unfortunately, due to the size of the chassis and the motherboard choice, there is no PCI-Express slot so it is limited to Intel's HD Graphics 2000/3000 integrated in the processor.
The rest of the specs include an external 90W power supply, integrated Realtek ALC887 7.1-channel audio, Gigabit LAN controoler, four SATA 3Gbps ports, room for one slimline optical drive and one 2.5-inch HDD, six USB 2.0 ports (two on front panel).
The new XH61 looks like a decent nettop and with a price set at €146 (ex VAT) it sounds like a good deal.