Shuttle is one of the first companies I encountered offering cube-sized barebone PCs and continues to impress in this particular sector. The latest addition to their product line-up is the XPC SH170R6 which supports Intel’s Skylake processors, and four DDR4 DIMM slots. Additionally, there is a 32 Gb/s M.2 slot, four SATA 6 Gb/s ports and an 80 Plus Bronze rated 300W power supply. This should be perfect for a HTPC or non-gaming, portable PC.
In terms of rear I/O, the system has 2 DisplayPort connectors, six USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, eSATA, HDMI, CMOS reset button and standard audio jacks.
The motherboard is a custom-design and based on Intel’s H170 chipset. As you can from the board layout, there is a single x16 gen 3 PCI-Express slot and a x4. On another note, the motherboard opts for reliable capacitors, Mini-PCIe and enough room to easily work around the CPU socket.
On the front section, there is room to mount a 5.25-inch optical bay and two 3.5-inch drives. The barebones system has an estimated price of €258 excluding VAT and should be available later this month. It’s always fascinating to see barebone PCs which help novices to choose compatible components.
What do you think of barebone PCs?