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Shuttle DS81
9.8 out of 10

Shuttle DS81

Great Deal: $209.95

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Overall 10
10

Power in a small package

Mr. M., Newegg
4 weeks ago
  • Summary: Loaded it with 16GB recommended Kingston memory, Intel 4690S i5 65W Haswell quad-core CPU and Samsung 850 EVO 500GB mSata SSD. Could have stepped up the CPU to the 4790S i7 but just couldn't justify the extra cost. Then installed Fedora 22 Workstation 64bitt.
  • Pros: Good construction, very quiet, easy build, pick your CPU, plenty of connections. Makes a very capable mini-workstation.
  • Cons: Only niggle is no rear panel audio output, front only.
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Overall 10
10

VERY capable

michael f., Newegg
10 May 2015
  • Summary: time will tell of the durability of this small pc. i had this in my wishlist to initially use as a sophos or pfsense router, and i intend to buy another one for that purpose.
  • Pros: i bought this for my sister-in-law. she had an old amd 3000 hp desktop probably around 6 years or so old. paired this with a pentium g3220, 8G gskill ram, and silicone power 120G ssd. for its form factor + price, it is a beast. total came to $363. she uses it for typical things, email, youtube, e...
  • Cons: none so far
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Overall 10
10

Update

Paul F., Newegg
8 December 2014
  • 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 s...
  • 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
5 December 2014
  • 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.
  • 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) VE...
  • 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 ...
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Overall 10
10

Excellent computer

Matthew 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 fo...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
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