Xi3 – The Modular PC
The Penny Arcade Report has just run a story about the possibility of the Xi3 modular PC being the Steambox we have been hearing so much about lately. Above is a video showing and explaining the technology. The modular design is insightful, and makes one wonder why we haven’t seen this kind of thing before. As this company is separate from Valve, it is possible that they might put out several configurations. One might offer Steam on Linux and another model might sport Windows, Steam, and EA’s Origin for the gamers that cannot live without their FIFA, Madden, NHL, or Battlefield. “Piston” is the machine Xi3 is showing at CES.
2013 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting years ever for gamers.
After the jump, I have included the specs for another possible model though the news source is older. (Note: The Xi3 site got wanged by PA and may not be up for a day or two.)
X7A Modular Computer Unveiled (for Power Users, Gamers and Engineers)
Xi3’s new X7A Modular Computer is designed specifically for gamers, engineers and power users. Housed in the standard Xi3 chassis that measures 4.27×3.656×3.656-inches, the X7A Modular Computer packs a real wallop, especially for a machine roughly the size of a grapefruit that draws a mere 40Watts of power.
The X7A Modular Computer is available with up to
* A quad-core 64-bit, x86-based 32nm processor running at up to 3.2GHz (with 4MB of Level2 Cache),
* An integrated graphics processor (GPU) containing up to 384 programmable graphics cores (or shaders),
* 4GB-8GB of DDR3 RAM,
* 64GB-1TB of internal solid-state SSD storage (with up to 12Gbps throughput speeds),
Three display ports providing maximum resolution of 4096×2160 (including 1 DisplayPort v1.2 and * 2 Mini-DisplayPorts v1.2),
* Four eSATAp 3.0 ports,
* Four USB 3.0 ports,
* Four USB 2.0 ports,
* 1Gb Ethernet port, and
* Three audio ports (1 input and 2 outputs: 1 copper and 1 optical).
Designed to be used as a standalone machine or in clustered configurations, the X7A will run any x86-based Operating System, including Windows 8 and lower, Linux, UNIX, etc. Prices for quad-core versions of the X7A Modular Computer will begin at $1,100, with General Availability starting in February 2013.