Shuttle Announces SZ170R8 Skylake-Based Mini-PC

Small form factor computers are the future in many directions, but going too small also limits the options considerably. Shuttle has been in the Mini-PC business for a long time and they’ve found a good balance between upgradability and size with their XPC cubes. The newest family member to the Shuttle XPC series is the SZ170R8 which already gives away half of its specifications in the name: The system is a Skylake-based one with a Z170 chipset inside the new R8 chassis.

The XPS R8 chassis is only a third of the size that a traditional tower PC occupies and it still comes with plenty of space for your hardware. You can install up to four 3.5-inch hard disk drives or eight 2.5-inch drives with optional PHD3 adapter brackets.

The system features two expansion slots that allow you to install graphics cards and other adapters with a length up to 267mm. That coupled with the use of 6th generation Intel Core processors and support for up to 64GB DDR4 memory will give you a great base for almost any task.

You can install Skylake LGA1151 processors with a TDP up to 95W and use the built-in GPU units that support 4k/Ultra HD video playback, the system is well equipped for it with two DisplayPort and one HDMI port. There are plenty of USB connection, the network connection is handled by an Intel i219LM controller, and the audio by a Realtek ALC892 7.1 HD audio solution.

The SZ170R8 is equipped with Shuttle’s I.C.E 2 heat pipe technology and comes with an 80 Plus Silver certified 500W power supply to maintain long-term and high stability operation for various professional applications.

Next generation expansion modules can be installed too with the support for one M.2 and one half-size mini PCI-E expansion slots. So whether you want to install a super fast M.2 2280 SSD or a Wi-Fi module, the system is ready.


Seasonic Announce Which Of Their Power Supplies Are Haswell Ready

We have already seen Corsair and Enermax come out to publish a list of their Haswell compatible power supplies, and now one of the biggest power supply OEMs has done the same – Seasonic. Seasonic have made a press release to clarify which of its retail power supply units are compatible, they didn’t specify compatibility for OEM partner models.

Seasonic claim that their entire line up of 80 Plus Platinum and Gold power supplies have been designed to meet the new Haswell standard. Seasonic also claims its “X Series” of power supply is also Haswell ready and their 80 Plus Bronze line up is too.

To summarise more clearly the following Seasonic Power Supply series are Haswell C6/C7 compatible:

  • Platinum Series
  • X Series
  • G Series
  • M12II Bronze Series
  • S12II Bronze Series

Seasonic makes no mention of the following retail power supply series, so we can assume these are incompatible:

  • M12D Series

Given that Seasonic are also the OEM that produce a lot of other power supplies on the market, this is good news indeed. I am not quite sure why the 80 Plus Bronze power supplies retain Haswell C6/C7 compatibility yet the 80 Plus Silver M12D Series do not, but I guess that is just the luck of the draw.

Source: PR