Okay, this is the now the new(er) old hotness. Looks pretty good; even idling <40W puts it closer to the ol' VIA + miniITX mark. And it may be more powerful, have more features, etc. Seems like a nice box for a LAN server of some kind. I may have to build one off this, with one caveat: I think months of looking at miniITX motherboards and cases has spoiled me; this Shuttle now seems positively gargantuan. Much too big to easily sit on the desk.
Ah, how times have changed, eh? MiniITX does put size in perspective.
You must have a small desk. The shuttle is less than half the size of a small ÂµATX mini-tower and I've seen plenty of those on peoples desks. Still, when you compare it to something like a Mac Mini, it is huge.
Anyway, a mini-ITX board with all of these features is going to cost at least $250. In fact, SPCR just reviewed one! A nice looking mini-ITX case can cost serious money too. You pay a big premium for very small size. Whether it is worth it is a subjective call -- much like silent computing.
Aye, I do have a smaller desk. 47.5" long, and only 19" deep. Space matters! So the Shuttle would still take up a fair amount of depth, and it's probably about half as high as my LCD. So it wouldn't look all that small. Maybe I'd set it on top of my beautiful Solo, which is on the floor by the desk.
Anyway, Shuttles are okay, but a purpose-built miniITX box has the potential to be even better...at much higher cost. I think I've remarked on the price premium of going smaller elsewhere on these forums. MiniITX sure ain't cheap, but I think I could put together a complete system (without a screen) for maybe about $350, before shipping and taxes. That'd do for a home server, I figure. That'd be lower-end miniITX though. None of these $375 Core2 motherboards.
You're right about the subjective worth; buying nice miniITX parts (Nexus Psile, anyone) is more expensive than silencing a PC.