There is a growing trend in North America towards making a personal computer small and powerful. Large cases are good for some applications, but sometimes it is more desirable to have the smallest possible formfactor you can manage without the expense of a laptop. To this end several companies have produced small formfactor Cube computers.
These computers, like Shuttle's SS50 use special motherboards and standard components to maximize features and lesson space requirements. Things which are normally the product of an expansion card or two are integrated into the motherboard and the result is something that if tuned right can be extremely quiet.
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