Shuttle rolls out bantam XH61 barebones PC, dares you to throw a Sandy Bridge at it

It's been a hot minute since we've seen anything compelling from the folks at Shuttle, but there's nothing like a Sandy Bridge-enabled, three-liter PC to get us back on the bandwagon. The XH61 is barely seven centimeters high, and supports second-generation Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors for the LGA1155 socket. You'll get a pair of memory banks (up to 16GB of DDR3 can be thrown in), a foursome of SATA 3Gbps slots, six USB 2.0 ports, HDMI / VGA ports and room for a laptop-sized 2.5-inch HDD / SSD. The 90-watt power supply provides all the juice this little guy needs, and the €146 ($184) price tag actually includes little more than that; being a barebones system and all, it's on you to pick out the particulars.

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3-litre PC for second-generation Intel Core processors

(openPR) - 7 cm thin barebone for self-build Slim-PC

Elmshorn, Germany, 2012-01-12 Shuttle Computer Handels GmbH, the European subsidiary of Shuttle Inc., one of the leading developers and manufacturers of compact PC solutions such as the world-renowned XPC Mini-PC Barebones, has announced the launch of the XH61, a new 3-litre PC for Intel's Sandy Bridge processors.

Barely 7 cm high, this Slim-PC barebone extends the product range and introduces a modern 32 nm-architecture CPU platform. The Intel H61 Express chipset selected for this new product supports second-generation Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors for the LGA1155 socket with a TDP of max. 65 W. The two memory banks on the pre-installed motherboard can take DDR3 modules up to a total capacity of 16 GB.

The XH61 is provided with UEFI and has 4x SATA 3 Gbit/s, 6x USB 2.0, 7.1 Sound, Gigabit-LAN and Kensington Lock. An HDMI and D-Sub port in combination with the graphics function integrated in the second-generation Intel Core processors enable dual monitoring and smooth HD playback.

The compact case (24.2 x 20 x 7.3 cm DWH) still provides space for an optical Slimline drive and 2.5" hard disk or SSD. An external 90 W power unit provides a noiseless energy supply. The optionally available PS01 pedestal accessory enables vertical operation. Alternatively, the optional PV02 VESA monitor mount allows the user to fit the XH61 to a range of screens and surfaces.

"With the XH61, we can now fit second-generation Intel Core processors in our smallest and fastest PCs", states Tom Seiffert, Head of Marketing & PR at Shuttle Computer Handels GmbH. "The practical format of the XH61 and its predecessor, the XG41, has proven its worth and will continue to be developed in future. 3-litre PCs represent a good compromise between space requirements and computing performance."

The recommended price for the Shuttle Barebone XH61 is EUR 146.00 (ex VAT).

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As one of the most experienced developers and manufacturers of Mini-PCs and portable devices, Shuttle ensures the highest production standards, consistent use of the latest platforms and a huge spectrum of application areas for its products. Established in 1983 in Taiwan, Shuttle Inc. specialises in the development and production of innovative Mini-PC solutions. The stock market listed company is represented globally through subsidiaries in Germany, the USA, Japan and China. Since 2001 the attractive cuboid PCs designed for virtually every application area have been the main focus of business for the head office operating out of Taipei. Confirmed by customers and the trade press alike, Shuttle stands out due to its effective management and its longstanding experience as a manufacturer of high-quality motherboards. Shuttle Mini-PC Barebones and Complete Systems have for years been the first choice for many system integrators, VARs, OEMs and ODMs. With its new, mobile PC solutions Shuttle also meets the constantly changing demands of consumers.