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9.5 out of 10

Shuttle DS81

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Overall 10
10

Update

Paul F., Newegg
3 weeks ago
  • Summary: I hope that Shuttle continues to improve this system as it is a perfect size and well constructed.
  • Pros: This is an update to my previous review to help clarify some points. 1st point: This system comes with two SATA ports and two mini PCie slots. The mPCie slots are stacked, one on top of each other. However the top slot accepts 50.8mm standard size mSATA SSD drives, while the bottom port is half size (26.8mm). I haven't tried installing a half size SSD drive yet in the bottom slot, but at some point I'll test it too. However the top slot (50.8mm) works perfectly with m...
  • Cons: Do not cover the vent holes in the top or this system will overheat.
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Overall 10
10

Nice box

Edward C., Newegg
3 weeks ago
  • Pros: Nice system with all the power I need built out with a i7 4790 and 8G or ram. I use them for automated system in hot plants and they stay cool and happy.
  • Cons: I wish the case would take a full size hard drive.
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Overall 8
8.0

Huge Fan

Jason W., Newegg
21 November 2014
  • Summary: Great system.
  • Pros: 1 - Haswell support (i7 4790S) Perfect for this box. 2 - Dual NICs (recognized by ESXi 5.1) 3 - lots of USB 4 - Really fast build (15 minutes and ready to install)
  • Cons: Shuttle MUST create a 32G version of this bare-bone. This would be an absolute monster with support for 32Gigs of memory. ... my only reason for leaving off an egg.
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Overall 4
4.0

DOA

Edward L., Newegg
24 October 2014
  • Summary: I probably should have looked more closely. Saw 2 SATA ports and read reviews that said they used mSATA. Assumed could use mSATA with a 2nd SATA drive. 2 SATA ports (not mSATA) and only 1 power connector for SATA, Will have to live with a 7200 RPM 1TB drive (would have ordered differently.
  • Pros: Nice size, metal case, ability to chose the CPU
  • Cons: Would not power up. Sounded like a car with a dead battery. Of course Newegg was great handling the return, but now have to wait several weeks for new unit. HDMI only - no DVI port.
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Overall 10
10

Nice little rig

Jon S., Newegg
20 September 2014
  • Summary: Plugged in my kit and installed my OS. Centos 7 runs without a hitch.
  • Pros: Excellent build quality Well rounded accessories bundle
  • Cons: Nothing thus far
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Overall 10
10

Almost Perfect

Paul F., Newegg
20 September 2014
  • Summary: I've always like the quality of Shuttle computers. This is our company's favorite min-size computer. Shuttle did a great design job. Everyone is blow-away at how small these computers are. A desktop system the size of a paper-back novel. *Since the Power Supply is only 90 watts, you MUST use a lower-watt CPU for the i5 and i7, such as the i7-4790S, which is only 65 watts. Go to Shuttle's support list to check the CPU and memory that it supports.
  • Pros: 1) Nice metal case - strong and sturdy feel. 2) Supports a wide variety of Intel CPU's (Celeron, Pentium, i3, i5, i7) 3) Heat pipe/fan combo - very quiet yet cool to the touch. 4) 3 video ports (1 HDMI and 2 Display Ports) 5) Electronic soft-touch On/Off button. Wish all computers had them. 6) VESA mounting bracket for supported monitors included! 7) 8 USB ports! 8) Two mSata ports! 9) Supports any 2.5" slim drive too - easy mounting bracket install. 10) 2 Gb Ethernet...
  • Cons: 1) It would be nice to have a higher wattage power supply to support higher wattage CPU's (*see comment below). 2) Wish it had a second audio-out port on the back and not just the front. When setup as a desktop, all the cables attach to the back except for the audio port, which detracts from the look of the computer. Minor gripe. 3) Wish it had two USB3 front ports.
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Overall 10
10

Excellent computer

Matt P., Newegg
20 August 2014
  • Pros: I have purchased about 10 of these so far. Fabulous little computers. Small, quiet, fast (if you put in a good cpu and SSD), and relatively inexpensive. Really impressed so far. Been using them going back to the previous version, and I've not had any problems with either model. Even bought one for home for streaming TV. works perfect. Dual nics and serial ports are a nice touch. Video port options are great.
  • Cons: Really nothing significant. Esata would be nice in place of one of the serial ports, but that's getting pretty picky.
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Overall 6
6.0

Great form factor- Has limitations

Michael. R., Newegg
25 July 2014
  • Summary: I think I'd buy another one...but I might look for something that's a little bit larger and isn't as picky with RAM, CPU, and TDP. They really need to supply a more powerful power supply. I'll likely end up swapping this one out for something that can deliver more power without over heating so quickly.
  • Pros: This is an amazing little computer. I bought it to build a small DAW workstation. It fits WONDERFULLY in the limited space that I had for it.
  • Cons: This machine is INCREDIBLY picky about RAM and Processors. You have to follow their certified RAM. Don't deviate from it at all. Also watch your TDP. You can't exceed what they list. If you do, your power supply will QUICKLY over heat and then automatically shut itself down...thus quickly ending your computing experience...very abruptly. Honestly this power supply is incredibly under powered for what the internals can handle.
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Overall 10
10

Great mobile lab

Christopher C., Newegg
28 June 2014
  • Summary: More ram, it would be nice if they had a model where you sacrifice the m-SATA and mini pci-e slots for more RAM Internal SD card slot would be nice Intel NIC options Fans at full speed are a bit noise. Do want to try and install PFsense directly to the box but for now its vitalized I am thinking of using theses little guys at work for a few projects we've got coming up, we'll have to see how this one holds up.
  • Pros: DS81 build Core I7-4790S @3.2GHz 16GB G. SKILL Ripjaws DDR3 1600 Msata Mushkin 240GB SSD 2TB HGST 2.5" 5400 RPM Kingston 32GB SD card Dual NICs 8 USB ports This thing is small, fast & quiet runs, ESXi like a champ, dosen't skip a beat with 10 VMs running also dual boots to Windows Thin PC on the SSD
  • Cons: Power brick uses a C5 power cable, Not really a con since I've seen allot more of these now days. SD card doesn't go all the way in it sticks out abt half way Realtek NIC are tough, couldn't install ESXi 5.5 had to slipstream drivers from 5.1 No audio jacks on the back
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Overall 10
10

Great Design

mark o., Newegg
1 June 2014
  • Summary: Took 15 minutes to be up and running with a 2.5" drive from my old laptop. Put a Linksys AC580 USB Wireless adapter. Very quiet!
  • Pros: Easy to assemble Lots of USB Standard size HDMI Upgradable
  • Cons: none so far
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