XPC SH61R4: Shuttle miniPC ready for Intel’s latest processors
18 Sep 2011 - By Omar Yesid Mariño+
Shuttle Europe has just announced the launch of its new XPC SH61R barebone; this mini PC has dimensions of 325 x 215 x 19 mm and comes with support for the Intel Sandy Bridge processors / CPUs (Central Processing Units).
Obviously, this product is part of the same XPC series that includes other models such as the SX58H7 Pro XPC LGA 1366 barebone.
The new XPC has an aluminium chassis with the traditional “Shuttle design”, a 250w power supply, one 5.25-inch bay (for the optical drive), two 3.5-inch bays (for internal drives), and a motherboard with a H61 chipset.
There is a cooling system based on I.C.E. (Integrated Cooling Engine) that comprises a thermal heat-sink with heat pipes and a main fan with a diameter of 92mm made by SilentX which can be regulated.
Also, there are two DDR3-1333 memory slots with support of up to 8GB of RAM (Random Access Memory) through two memory slots on-board, four SATA ports at 3.0 Gbps for HDDs/ODDs, a 16x PCI Express X1 card slot, mini-PCI Express x1 slot, and PCI Express x16 slot for a graphic card to complement the computer system.
The new Shuttle barebone also comes with support for PCIe 1X and a PCIe 1x mini slot for additional expansion, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio 5.1 channels, and two DVI outputs. In all, there are 10 USB ports including two USB 3.0 ports (SuperSpeed). So, there is a good number of connection possibilities.
The XPC SH61R4 is ready to work with the second-generation technology of the Intel Core processors. In fact, this barebone can be configured and customized by using the new Intel Core i3, i5 and i7.
The price of this computer is about 172 Euros (approximately $237) without taxes and it is expected to be available in the online stores very soon. In Australia, it can be bought in the stores included in this list.
Shuttle has been making computers with small sizes –barebone or other types- for a long type now, so it was no wonder when the XPC SH61R4 come out from its laboratories. The company is also known for making other products like the H3 6700P and many other barebone models.
“With its all-round compatibility, its performance can be adapted at any time to suit individual needs,” said Tom Seiffert, Head of Marketing & PR at Shuttle Computer Handels GmbH. “The R4 model also has the same front panel as the J4 that allows for creating personal front designs easily.”
But wait… what are Barebones PCs?
The personal computers that features a square shape with small size can be seen like minimalist computer systems and the barebone type takes things to the extreme, since they don’t have all the parts of a standard system, at least not by default.
This type of machine is a sort of bare computer. That is to say, it’s a computer without all the usual things you can find on regular computers, including hardware and other components.
The main feature of these semi-assembled computers is the following: We have a set of already-assembled elements and there are other elements we can add since they are not included with the barebone by default. Basically, the barebone format was designed in order to have a computer with a small size case and essential components that -although are not targeted to very demanding uses- can fulfill needs of average users.
Barebones include the motherboard and the power supply system with the appropriate outputs and needed voltages. There is a rear input to connect the computer to a standard electric outlet and there are several internal outputs that can be used to power the motherboard and additional elements such as hard drives and more.
All barebones come with an included case and usually it has a small size that resembles a mini-ATX or micro-ATX computer. The shape is defined by the maker and we can find barebones with different orientations: Vertical or horizontal.
As you can imagine, you need to have some “not-included” elements in order to complete the structure of the computer, since you cannot use it without that additional parts. But that is supposed to be the advantage of a barebone: You can choose RAM memory, processor, expansion cards, network cards, hard drives, DVD recorder, CD/DVD drive, card reader, etc.
Usually, we can find the following outputs and connectors in a barebone: Audio 5.1 outputs, Ethernet slot, VGA output, AC connector, front and rear USB ports, Firewire ports to connect some digital cameras, USB/PS2 input for keyboards, PS2 input for mouse, printer port, and sometimes it includes digital card readers and built-in Wi-Fi.
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