Shuttle Computer Handels GmbH, the European subsidiary of Shuttle Inc., one of the leading developers and manufacturers of compact PC solutions such as the world-renowned XPC Mini-PC Barebones, now also offers models compatible with the fourth generation of Intel Core processors (“Haswell”) for socket LGA 1150.
Shuttle provides high-quality, powerful cube-shaped PCs for all platforms of the Intel Core processor family. And Haswell is no different. With the XPC Barebone SH87R6 and XPC Barebone SZ87R6, the manufacturer presents two solutions based on this processor type that are suitable for a wide variety of applications. The Mini-PCs are not only intended to be used as powerful and energy-efficient desktop PCs, but also as high-performance workstations or mini-servers. Thanks to their compatibility with a wide range of removable graphics cards, gamers are also happy to use these machines as easy-to-carry gaming rigs.
The necessary computing power is generated within the machines by fourth-generation Intel Core processors, e.g. Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processors and up to 32 GB of DDR3 memory. The PCI-Express-x16-3.0 slot allows for the installation of modern dual-slot graphics cards. Alternatively, this and an adjacent PCIe-x1-2.0 slot can be used for expansion cards. The motherboard sitting in the R6-chassis also accommodates two Mini-PCI-Express slots: 1x full-size slot for mSATA modules and 1x half-size slot for expansion with e.g. WiFi. Four SATA ports with 6 Gbit/s are available for hard disks and SSDs. Heat dissipation is managed by an efficient heatpipe cooling system.
Both R6 models offer 4x USB 3.0, 6x USB 2.0, eSATA, an optical S/PDIF output and analog 7.1-Audio ports. HDMI and DVI connectors ensure optimal use of the output of the enhanced graphics function incorporated by the fourth generation of the Intel Core processor family. Furthermore, the SH87R6 connects to wired networks with its Gigabit-LAN interface, while the SZ87R6 sports two of them being teaming-capable.
The differences at a glance:
- XPC Barebone SH87R6, Intel H87 chipset, Gigabit-Ethernet, 300 W power supply unit
- XPC Barebone SZ87R6, Intel Z87 chipset, Dual-Gigabit Ethernet, OC of K-CPUs, 500 W power supply unit
The front panel of the SH87R6 comes in a modern “Pinstripe” look. By contrast, the SZ87R6 presents a front of brushed aluminium. Both models offer space for three drives (1x 3.5″ internal, 1x 3.5″ external and 1x 5.25″ external) and have the same dimensions.
“These compact machines measure just 33.2 x 21.6 x 19.8 cm and are therefore the right size for desktop use,” says Tom Seiffert, Head of Marketing & PR at Shuttle Computer Handels GmbH. “People need to experience for themselves how such a small, powerful aluminium cube can enhance their personal work and home environment.”
A great advantage of barebones lies in the ability to reduce the risk as far as possible in terms of the choice of suitable components. The often complicated search for a compatible power supply unit, case, cooling system and motherboard is not a problem here. The user now only needs to decide on the processor, memory, drives and a graphics card (optional).
A short product video presents 360° views of the two new models and also gives a glance inside:
Shuttle’s recommended retail price for the SH87R6 is EUR 245.00 (ex VAT) and for the SZ87R6 is EUR 294.00 (ex VAT). The SH87R6 shown here is available now from specialised retailers throughout Europe. The XPC Barebone SZ87R6 is expected to launch in the end of November 2013. Optional accessories for the two R6-models include: 2.5″ HDD/SSD frame (PHD3), RS-232 port (H-RS232), 500 W power supply (PC63J), WiFi module (WLN-C)