Summary: This is true of all the Shuttle units I've owned over the years - I wish they did a better job with cooling. I ran prime95 with an Intel 3770S prcoessor in this box, and monitored it with Open Hardware Monitor - CPU temps cracked 100C. Idles at around 40C. It'd be nice if the cooling solution was a touch more aggressive, but, overall, I can't complain. Small paackage, tons of power. Uses SODIMM's - laptop memory for the uninitiated.
Summary: This replaced my older Shuttle PC. This one is half the size and 4 time the performance. Low power and extremely quiet. Used an i5 low power processor, 8G ram and 128GB SSD, with no DVD drive. Works like a charm and only took 20 minutes to build. Spent more time getting it out of the box and reading the directions. Nice little box.
Summary: This is an upgrade for a new HTPC system and Home Security Video feed system. Used a Samsung 840 PRO SSD, Crucial SO-DIMM and Intel i7. Unit is VERY quite and runs cool. You can't even hear it. Very fast, well built and a small foot print. I am happy and this will last me for a long time!
Nice design, good company support, uses laptop components
C. Petra "PETRAFYD", Amazon
20 March 2013
Summary: I built this with an I7 and 16gigs of memory. It can hold 2 hard drives inside and a laptop sized usb optical drive. the front opens with 2 doors that expose the drive on the top and the bottom has 2 usb 2 ports and a mic, headphone i/o. the power button is also on the front and always available without the opening of the doors. I built this easily and it is really a nice design. I like how the top easily slides off and you can have easy access.
Summary: It's not as small as you'd think (check the measurements), but it is extremely well designed and built. I'm using it to run an XBMC HTPC, with an Intel Core i3-3225, and it is perfect for it. It includes removable trays for the optical disc drive and HDD, both of which I am not using (I went with a Crucial m4 32GB mSATA Internal Solid State Drive CT032M4SSD3 instead, plenty for my box). Case has great ventilation from side to side. Get it.
Summary: Great little case. Well designed. Took about 40 minutes to put together including installing windows. I run this with an i5 and ssd drive. It is very very quick. Make sure you use the 65w version of the cpu. I run XBMC on it and it works wonderfully.
Summary: I have built about a dozen of these and many other shuttle form factors for their size. This specific form factor is hands down the best in the market as it is perfect for any professional computing needs outside of building a gaming rig. The onboard video on these are powerful enough to power most non traffic intensive games like mine craft and with ssd and a nice i5 ,i3 in this chassis, it is fast.
Summary: The Shuttle XH61 is about 20% the size of full blown PC AND features almost everything that one would expect from a full size chassis. Assembly is simple, requiring only 30 minutes. It worked perfectly the first time it was powered up and contines to work reliably every day since. Shuttle offers some of the nicest chasis and motherboard engineering. I have bought over 5 Shuttle PCs over the past two years. I have found their quality to be among the best in the business.