Summary: I have some minor weird issues with the USB front ports, but nothing that I need. (dual port cables in the usb2 slots cause the machine to crash) Overall, I really like the form factor and have not been able to find any other case that approaches it.
Summary: I was able to load 32 GB RAM into this machine. I run it headless as a media server for PLEX and my Roku 2 XS and as a Hyper -V server feature (stripped of some of the 2012 features). I am running Windows 8 Pro version and am having some troubles with the native power management features. I have not spent enough time to determine if its my OS or my BIOS setting so I will report back later.
Summary: I did quite a bit of research on what kind of system to build. The result was to move away from a "gigantic" tower to this model with a very small footprint. Added an Intel I5, 16 GB Ram, SSD, Windows 8 and an MSI PCI-E video card that was listed as compatible on the Shuttle website. I had no issues with installation and have been up and running for a couple of weeks. It is fast and has a rating of 7.8 on the Windows Experience Index.
Summary: I bought a Shuttle SS51 for my daughter back in 2002 and it is still running. I have gone through a couple of computers myself in the meantime and decided I wanted to go the compact route this time while making no compromises. I looked at a number of Small Form Factor cases from different manufacturers but kept coming back to Shuttle because of my previous good experience. The system hasn't disappointed.
Pros: Compact size, Most features of a full size system, Lots of USB3 ports, 6Gb/s SATA III, Quiet (with one gripe)
Cons: There are internal SATA ports for 4 drives but the drive cage has room for only 3 (1x 5 1/2 and 2x 3 1/2 (or smaller) There is internal space for 2x HDD + SDD if they redesigned the cage., The power supply fan has a bit of a whine to it although the CPU and case fan is virtually silent, even at load., A EFI or UEFI BIOS would have been nice
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21 October 2012
Summary: I've had about 6 Shuttle computers, now. I was using this miniature form long before any of my associates or family knew about them. I like them so much, I even use one at work. But there have been some disturbing results, the last few years. I've had two previous Shuttles develop motherboard issues, and when my latest one (about 3 years old) started acting whacky, I quickly backed everything up and started troubleshooting.
Summary: The case is small and well-built, and it comes with all the connectors you would want for such a wee setup. It accepts and runs a Sapphire Radeon 7970 with no complaints, and it is always gratifying to see Skyrim suggest "Ultra-High Quality" settings when you fire it up. Building it was relatively painless, except for having to use a substitute processor just to update the BIOS to accept the Ivy Bridge CPU I had waiting for it.
Pros: Small, easy to assemble, sexy-lookin'
Cons: A bit loud, BIOS update required for Ivy Bridge processors, internal cabling a bit finicky
Summary: This is not my first shuttle build, and while I like the combination of features, the compact form factor, and the fit and finish of everything in one...I think Shuttle has missed the mark just a bit with the R5 chassis. 99% of the design is great...but seriously...the door and button for the ODD is very third rate.