Summary: My configuration is this shuttle, I7 3770k, MS 650 boost twin frozr, Kingston hyperx Blu Black Series DDR3 and a Samsung 250SSD. I've always been a shuttle owner from the old lowly Pentium Shuttle box to my last sp35p2 which could hold up to 4 x 3.5 hard drives. Unfortunately with each iteration of the shuttle, you lose some features and gain some others.
Pros: SFF Small Form Factor, Everything you need in a PC, USB 3.0, 500w, PCIE16, IVY, Super Quiet, eSata
Cons: will only fit 3 x 3.5 drives, only 1 esata, only 1 net Ethernet, no built in blue tooth (would be great for Bluetooth keyboards)
Summary: Very easy job to build a great system with this mini pc. I put in an i5 3570K, Win 7, couple of hard drives, 2 sticks of memory, a good one slot graphics card, and it was a quick and problem free build. Very satisfied.
Pros: Well designed box. Small footprint. Excellent motherboard specs. Quiet operation.
Pros: Highly recommend. I get the same power from this as a big case computer system and mobo. I installed server 2008 in under seven minutes from a USB flash drive onto a SSD hyperX 240. Paired with a i7 3770K
Cons: It didn't come with a screw driver, for assemble so I got to use a knife as a screw driver, but I'm still impressed.
Pros: Just assembled all works well. A little tricky with the scocket 1155. Be gentle with the ice hold down turn the 4 black hold downs right then press down gently. They will lock in with gentle push down. I got the ivy i5. corsair 16 gig xms 1600 ddr 3. Easy to assemble. Small and fun. My monster GTX 260 video card fit just fine. The dual pcie power plugs install on top with minor contact to the case. I will get a bit of foam to stick to case so as wires don't touch.
Cons: Use care on assembly as one is working in tight spaces. Cpu socket is tricky so use care in assembly. I did not have any bios problems. Best to build a computer with good quality parts that work together. Also go to shuttle site for barebones and view which parts are supported.
Pros: This is a very well built barebones system. I am using a Core i5 3570K in this with 16GB RAM and a 7870 AMD video card. I also have 2 SSDs and a 1TB WD Green drive in there. There is hardly any noise and no heat issues to speak of. I also had an Ultimate-N 6300 Wi-Fi card that I installed in the smaller of the 2 PCI-e mini ports. It was a snap to install the 3 antennas (just punch out the holes on the back) after getting the wires from the A* website. If you want to g...
Cons: The only problem that exists with this system is that if you have an Ivy Bridge chip it will not work with the BIOS that come with this system. I knew that going in. After I got the box I called the Shuttle support and the tech had the new BIOS chip sent to me. They are aware of this issue and really fast track your RMA. I called them on Thursday evening and had the chip on Tuesday (you have to send the old one back), so very fast turn around. Installing the chip is a...
Summary: This is the second Shuttle XPC I've owned. Love this XPC! Got this for my new Ivy Bridge build. NCIX called me to let me know that the BIOS chip needed an update (very awesome). Since I didn't have a Sandy Bridge CPU I had to get them to update the BIOS. (Wasn't sure if the system would boot with the Ivy Bridge CPU in it to get the BIOS upgrade done) I'm running 2 SDD drives (120 GB and 60 GB) and all of my media files are stored on my file server.
Summary: Absoultely fantastic product, easy to install all additional hardware components. One thing to be aware of whn choosing yourGraphics card is the size, especially any cooling pipes as there isn;t much space between the graphics card and the hard drive housing.