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    Lightbulb Shuttle VS Mini-ITX. Opinions needed.

    I know there is searchable information, but I want to see a debate directly about which solution people feel is better overall. Site any advantages or problems you know exist with one or the other.

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    Being better comes down to what your going to do with it. The shuttle solutions are, hands down, the faster solution, ITX is better suited for integration into a car though.

    I think cost is pretty close when all is said and done, of course this varies greatly on which models you compare and which options you add. ITX has a slight advantage though particularly in terms of power supply if you don't spend $180 on an OPUS.

    With shuttle you get a MUCH faster system, an integrated 3D card, Optical inputs and outputs, and I think the motherboard chipsets from intel and nvidia are much better then vias. The shuttle case is also extremely well made. With ITX you get a slower system but it takes less power, can be much smaller depending on the case you get, and doesn't generate as much heat.

    You have much more flexibility with ITX since you usually buy the case separate from the motherboard. The shuttle comes with a case, very nice heat sink and is pretty much ready to go and very easy to setup, just add processor, ram, and hard drive.

    When it comes down to it, if you can make the space or need 3D capability, the shuttle is the better option , get the ITX only if you can't find a spot for an 8x8x12 case.
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    Arren't the shuttle cases lacking in design because the power supply is located right above the CPU so you get some heating issues? I guess with a carputer it wouldn't matter because if you throw in a DC-DC power supply, depending on the manufacturer, you may be allowing more room between the CPU and PS. This is just what I've gathered and may not be 100% accurate!

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    why keep it in a box? why not think outside of the box?

    for instance:



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    your point joski makes complete sense....

    a shuttle is rather large, if all you want to do is shove a case off in your trunk and not do anything custom with it and don't want to spend much time on it go for the shuttle.....I just can't stand stuff that doesn't look like it took much effort...but that's just me

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    Thats an interesting point too Red, but if you just plop a case in the trunk, wouldnt it look like you spend more time then if you just dropped a motherboard in the trunk?


    I liked the idea of going the XPC route myself, but not the XPC case. I'm taking a swing at it with this motherboard i got off ebay
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...e=STRK:MEWN:IT
    and a cheap mobile processor.
    Lol, i hope this motherboard gives me more luck then the itx. The only issue I have now is how to power it, and the case design.
    The processor specs say that it uses about 30 watts. I'm not sure about the motherboard. Right now I own a ITPS and 100watt snapon PSU(not sure of the model). I'll let you know how this goes.
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    never said you had to just plop it in the trunk....make it interesting
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    hey, i was just teasin cause the motherboard was pretty much sitting bare. But just out of curiousity, does anyone run the snap on solution on these xpc motherboards. I realized I'll either have to get a p4 adapter, or make one of my own.
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    God_of_CPU - good points. That's just the kinda stuff I thought would make this a useful post for people. Also, the shuttle would allow much more flexibility as far as adding PCI components. Unless you are either A) not interested in losing a little trunk space, or B) hell-bent on putting the PC in the dash, the Mini-ITX's size isn't a big advantage. The heat and mobility superiority however, are important advantages. It's definitely a case-by-case issue where some people will go one way and some will go another. Either way, it's great to have all these opinions on display. Thanks for your opinions guys, keep em comin'.

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    does anyone know if there would be a limit to how long a USB cable could be if I did put a shuttle in the trunk? For instance, could I keep extending a USB cable all the way up to the dash for an external DVD ROM.

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    isn't the limit on 2.0 16' and 1.1 10'?

    I saw that somewhere, but no one I have talked to knows the definate answer....

    couldn't you go as long as you want as long as you give it power every so often? like at the 16' or 10' limit?
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