Shuttle is largely considered to be the father of the modern barebones mini PC market, as the company was the first to mass produce such products in the early 2000s. Nowadays Shuttle has numerous rivals and its positions are not as strong as they used to be. Meanwhile Shuttle is gradually recovering ground by developing competitive products aimed at performance-demanding users. At Computex, the company demonstrated a lineup of new barebones mini PCs for Intel’s Coffee Lake processors.

Shuttle’s lineup of Coffee Lake-powered PCs demonstrated at Computex consisted of four systems: two smaller and thinner computers that are designed for CPUs with mainstream TDP, as well as two more traditional XPC Cubes for PCs with expansion capabilities. The systems are based on Intel’s H310 and H370 chipsets, so they are not intended for enthusiasts who would like to overclock their CPUs. Though as SFF PCs are not generally designed for overclocking to begin with, using the H370 is hardly a downside for a compact system.

The ultra-compact XPC slim DH310 and DH370 barebones come in a chassis measuring 190×165×43 mm and support Intel’s 65W LGA1151 v2 processors, up to 32 GB of DDR4-2666 memory (two SO-DIMMs), an M.2-2280 SSD, and a 2.5-inch/12.5-mm SSD. Both systems rely on custom motherboards that cannot be upgraded, but which are key to how Shuttle is able to make the PCs so miniature. I/O capabilities of the systems are pretty regular: two GbE ports (driven by Intel controllers), an optional 802.11ac Wi-Fi, an SD card reader, four USB 3.1 Gen 1 headers, four USB 3.1 Gen 2 connectors, two DisplayPort 1.2, and one HDMI 2.0 output, and so on. As for power. the UCFF barebones are outfitted with 90 W PSUs.

Meanwhile The not-so-small Shuttle XPC cube SH310R4 and the SH370R6 measure 332×216×198 mm and support Intel’s 95W Coffee Lake processors. These machines can accommodate two or four DDR4-2666 DIMMs (32 or 64 GB in total), a PCIe 3.0 x16 graphics card, a 5.25-inch ODD, two 3.5-inch HDDs or SSDs, an M.2-2280 SSD, and a PCIe 3.0 x4 add-on card. As for I/O capabilities, these systems feature one GbE port, an optional M.2-2230 Wi-Fi module, 12 USB headers (USB 2.0, USB 3.0, USB 3.1), 5.1-channel audio, two DisplayPort 1.2, one HDMI 2.0 outputs, and so on. The Coffee Lake-based Shuttle XPC barebones come equipped with 300 W PSUs, so they can easily handle not only six-core processors but also higher-end graphics cards as well as fast power-hungry SSDs.

Shuttle’s upcoming XPC slim and XPC cube PCs featuring Intel’s 300-series chipsets are not yet listed on the company’s web site, so it is hard to say when they are set to hit the market. It is safe to assume that Shuttle will make its Coffee Lake-powered barebones available this year and will most likely try to start selling them during the back-to-school season, though this has yet to be confirmed.

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  • s3cur3 - Thursday, June 21, 2018 - link

    "Shuttle is largely considered to be the farther . . . " -> ". . . be the father . . ."
  • milkywayer - Thursday, June 21, 2018 - link

    Ugly as hell case. Please take some inspiration from Sentry v2 by Dr Zaber, or Skyreach Mini, or Louqe Ghost.

    Where do these case makers get their designers from.
  • zodiacfml - Thursday, June 21, 2018 - link

    From themselves. These case designs looks to be the same from their products more than a decade ago.
  • piroroadkill - Friday, June 22, 2018 - link

    Eh, they're simply not "ugly as hell". They're just conservative and a bit old-school. All those cases are designs they've had for many years.
  • Spunjji - Friday, June 22, 2018 - link

    I think it's also worth noting that every case mentioned there is a premium model and/or not yet available. These Shuttle designs are old, but they're also proven for affordable mass-production.
  • hubick - Thursday, June 21, 2018 - link

    No Thunderbolt? Sorry Shuttle, this doesn't make me regret my new Hades Canyon NUC.
  • Gunbuster - Friday, June 22, 2018 - link

    Any bets on if the serial port punch out are still stamped in the back of those cases? Way to keep riding on 2001 designs there shuttle.
  • Topweasel - Friday, June 22, 2018 - link

    As someone that had and loved my 2002 or 2003 Athlon based Shuttle. They updated their cases a little later like 2007. These look like those designs. So basically a decade of the same stagnant case with a new mobo and nothing else.
  • tipoo - Friday, June 22, 2018 - link

    I guess if the amortized cost savings is passed on to the consumer. Not sure if it is vs buying parts.
  • CaptJolly - Monday, June 25, 2018 - link

    No Thunderbolt, no NbaseT.
    I'd settle for NbaseT, but neither is dropping the ball.
    Why start into Coffee Lake at the bottom of the market.

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