Pico-ITX System Comparisons

Pico-ITX System ComparisonsIt’s been nearly a year since VIA Technologies released their highly anticipated PX10000G mainboard to the embedded market, their first model in their Pico-ITX form factor. When the new board was released for production, case manufacturers were initially a little hesitant to commit a chassis design to VIA’s newest, smallest, form factor. VIA’s last mainboard size reduction, the Nano-ITX platform, fell a little short with customer demand and general market acceptance. Perhaps it was the high price point or the lag in release from the time of announcement, but regardless, the Nano-ITX was slow to take off. This might very well be the reason it wasn’t until 5 months later that we saw the first Pico-ITX chassis design.

Well, things have been on the up and up since, and Pico-ITX demand hasn’t faltered. So far we’ve seen a handful of cases emerge, but the following three have emerged as the most popular: VIA’s ARTiGO kit, the X07P1from XENO Corp, and the GS-L08, from the fanless chassis manufacturer, Serener.

I’ve taken a moment to compare these three options in the form of our full system assemblies.

System VIA ARTiGO SolidLogic X07P1 SolidLogic GS-L08
Applications DIY, low-power desktop, or embedded appliance Industrial and/or mobile (w/ automotive M3-ATX PSU) Embedded, remote deployments, and/or silent computing
Cooling Actively cooled by CPU fan Actively cooled by CPU fan Passively cooled with heatpipe technology
Solid State Capable? NO NO YES (Using Emphase Industrial Flash Disks)
Size (w x h x d) 5.9″ x 1.8″ x 4.3″ 6.64″ x 2.59″ x 3.44″ 5.77” x 1.97” x 4.29”
Power Supply Options 60W DC converter
External 60W AC adapter (brick)
120W DC converter
External 60W AC adapter (brick)
OR
M3-ATX intelligent auto PSU
Built-in 120W pico DC converter
External 60W AC adapter (brick)
Front Access I/O 4 USB 2.0
2 Audio jacks: lin-out, mic-in
4 USB 2.0 ports
1 LAN port
1 VGA port
DC jack
4 USB 2.0
1 S/PDIF
2 Audio jacks: speaker, mic
Back Panel Access I/O 1 VGA port
1 LAN port
1 DC jack
1 PS2 keyboard port
1 PS2 mouse port
Power switch (included)
1 RS-232 COM port (not currently functional)
1 LAN port
1 VGA port
Mountable? NO YES NOT CURRENTLY (DIN mountable in July)
Assembly Recommendation Intended to ship as kit for DIY assembly System assembly through Logic Supply is recommended due to complex nature System assembly through Logic Supply is required due to complex nature
Current Price Point (80GB HDD, 512 RAM, assembled by Logic Supply) $445.00 $491.00 $580.00

The Pico systems in a nutshell:
All three Pico ITX system offerings are exceptionally small for x86 PCs; none offering any size advantage over the next. Given that they are all nearly identical hardware in a different chassis package, they will all be on the same level for power consumption –LOW! We are talking sub 20W as a whole. Each system makes use of the PX10000G’s 4 USB 2.0 port capability, along with its single 10/100 LAN port.

The VIA ARTiGO is a great offering for the intermediate tech geek looking for a DIY project. This cost-effective offering makes good use of the PX10000G’s potential.

The X07PI is versatile in regards to its power supply potential. It is the only option out there that offers multiple PSUs. This is also the only system that offers an intelligent automotive PSU option (also used in DC power environments). The X07P1 is also the only ready to mount system, but it also is the only system that lacks audio output at the moment.

The GS-L08 is the only solid state capable Pico-ITX system on the market. If you are looking for a completely quiet, highly reliable machine, in a tiny package, this is your pick!

If you’d like to discuss these systems capabilities in respect to your project, please feel free to call the Logic Supply sales team at 802.861.2300 x1.

About Jeremy Hudson
I've been in technical sales and business development with Logic Supply since late '05. I have a background in business with a concentration in computer and information systems. Although I enjoy the technical geek stuff, I'm also a "right brain" kind of guy --I enjoy art, photography, deep powder days on my snowboard, and sporadic day trips around New England.
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7 Responses to Pico-ITX System Comparisons

  1. Sal Cangeloso says:

    Nice post!

    I have been really impressed with the Artigo kit, VIA really (really) should have released it when the Pico-ITX motherboard first came out.

    I’d like to check out the SolidLogic X07P1 one of these days, but my next mini system is probably Little Falls-based system when those come, maybe a Shuttle KPC if I can get my hands on one.

  2. Jeremy Hudson Jeremy says:
    Logic Supply

    Thanks Sal. We are impressed with all of the offerings considering the lackluster Nano chassis selections. I think that this form factor is really taking off. Stay tuned for more case selections in the near future.

  3. Dave P says:

    Either your comparison or your store has the dimensions in the wrong column. I suspect the table in this comparison is wrong and the Artigo should have the dimensions shown for the X07P1 and vice versa.

  4. Jeremy Hudson Jeremy says:
    Logic Supply

    Good catch Dave! I have swapped the dimensions on the table. Although the size differences are fairly small, I’d hate to mislead someone on their project. Thanks.

  5. FI says:

    It would be great to have a Pico case with a cutout for the DVI out. It looks like with some dremmel work the Xeno X07P1 could have one placed where some of the USB headers are shown or the GSL08 in place of the RS232, but it is hard to say without seeing shots of the inside. Of course it would be nicest if a case could accommodate this from the start without additional work.

  6. Mike says:

    Is there a single din(car) case?

  7. Kristina Bond Kristina says:

    Hi Mike,
    Casetronic offers the TE-D288 single din case: http://www.casetronic.com/product_d.php?id=0000000050
    We carry the 60W version. There is a version that comes with a 160W automotive PSU. We don’t currently offer that one, though.

    These cases are quality–but you definitely pay for it.

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