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Monday, September 06, 2010
Shuttle SH55J2 review

1. Features, specs

Today we will examine Shuttle's latest proposal for all those who need a compact and stylish small factor system, the SH55J2. Designed to support Intel's highly overclockable LGA1156 processors, DDR3 memory and powered by the H55 chipset, the XPC Barebone SH55J2 combines performance with style. But first lets meet the SH55J2 main specifications.

The XPC Barebone SH55J2 boasts a J2 design, support for the latest processors with integrated graphics core and fast DDR3 memory . The Intel Core i7/i5/i3 processors based on Socket 1156 with high computing power and relatively low power consumption are suitable for Mini-PCs. Despite its compact dimensions it still manages to find space for a PCI-Express slot, DDR3 memory, HDMI interface, Gigabit LAN, 8-channel audio with S/PDIF out (optional) and an array of interfaces. The barebone is also equipped with an 80 Plus certified 300W power supply and an effective heatpipe cooling system for efficient thermals and stability.

- Features

  • Intel H55 Express Chipset
  • The design of the Intel new Core i3/i5/i7 processors will eliminate the need for the traditional Northbridge found on previous generation of mainboards. Thus, the Shuttle SH55J2 sports Intel’s H55 Express Platform Controller Hub(PCH) from the Intel 5 series "Ibexpeak" family, which will integrate the hard drive controller, network controllers, monitor physical interfaces, PCI controller and other input/output functionally.
  • Supports Dual-Slot Graphics Cards
  • With the space-efficient design, the SH55J2 is as roomy as it gets, maximizing the headroom for enthusiasts and power users to upgrade to the latest graphics cards. Despite the small housing, the SH55J2 is capable of running dual-slot (double-width) PCI Express graphics cards.
  • Built-in Intel HD Graphics Engine
  • The Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors integrate the Intel HD Graphics engine which supports full 1080p high-definition video playback, including Bluray disc movies. It features Intel Clear Video Technology and the optimized 3D graphics engine supports DirectX 10, and delivers the performance and compatibility you need for entertaining.
  • eSATA-USB Combo Port
  • Shuttle SH55J2 incorporates an eSATA-USB combo port into its front panel. The combo port combines the convenience of USB power while supplies the high speed of eSATA. There is no additional power source required when connecting the eSATA-USB combo device and thus helps to save space and maximize flexibility.
  • Mini-ITX Motherboard Support
  • Shuttle expands the capabilities of its chassis, adding support for Mini-ITX motherboards(170 x 170mm or 6.7 x 6.7 inches). Now, the Shuttle chassis can go beyond the Shuttle motherboard. You can easily upgrade the motherboard to your desire.
  • Minimum of 80% Efficiency Guaranteed
  • The 80 PLUS performance specification requires power supplies in computers and servers to be 80% or greater energy efficient. This makes an 80 PLUS certified power supply up to 33% more efficient than current power supplies. 300W high efficiency & energy saving power supply of SH55J2 is guaranteed by 80 PLUS BRONZE certification.
    - Full specifications
    • Chassis
      J2-type chassis, color: black
      Case cover made of aluminum, body made of steel
      storage bays: 1 x 5.25" (external), 2 x 3.5" (internal)
      Front door for I/O ports / card reader and optical drive
      Kensington Security Slot at the back panel (also called a K-Slot 
      or Kensington lock) as a part of an anti-theft system
      Dimensions: 33 x 21,5 x 19 cm (LWH), 13.5 litres
      Weight: 7.0 kg net / 7.8 kg gross
      Compatible with Mainboards in Shuttle or Mini-ITX Form Factor
    • Mainboard / Chipset
      Shuttle FH55, Shuttle form factor, proprietary design for XPC SH55J2
      Chipset: Intel® H55 Express (Codename: Ibex Peak, 65nm process)
      Platform Controller Hub (PCH) as Single-Chip-Solution
    • BIOS
      AMI BIOS, SPI Interface, 16MBit Flash-ROM
      Supports PnP, ACPI 3.0
      Supports boot up from external USB flash memory
    • Power supply
      300 Watt mini PSU, AC input voltage: 100~240V
      80 PLUS® certified (80% or greater energy-efficient)
      Active PFC circuit (Power Factor Correction)
      ATX main power connectors: 2x10 and 2x2 pins
    • Processor support
      Socket 1156 supports Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7-8xx desktop processors
      Supports Intel QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) at 4.8 and 6.4 GT/s
      Supports maximum TDP = 95W (power consumption)
      The Processor integrates PCI-Express and memory controller
      and the graphics engine as an option.
      Please refer to the support list for detailed processor support information.
    • Processor cooling
      Shuttle I.C.E. (Integrated Cooling Engine)
      advanced I.C.E. Heatpipe technology, linear controlled 92mm fan
      SilentX cooling and noise reduction technology with Active Airflow
    • Memory support
      4 x 240 pin slots
      Supports DDR3-1066/1333 SDRAM memory (PC3-8500/10600)
      Supports DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) in overclocking mode
      Supports 2+2 Dual Channel mode
      Supports max. 4 GB per DIMM,  maximum total size of 16 GB
    • Integrated Graphics
      The Intel Core i3/i5 32nm Clarkdale processor integrates the 
      Intel® HD Graphics engine with Flexible Display Interface (FDI)
      Resolution max. 1920 x 1200 (supports 720p, 1080i und 1080p)
      Shared Memory: up to 768MB
      Decodes MPEG-2, H.264 and VC-1 in hardware (supports Blu-ray)
      Supports DirectX 10, OpenGL 2.1, Shader Model 4.0
      Supports Dual-Independent-Display via HDMI and VGA port )
    • Slots
      1x PCI-Express v2.0 slot (PEG, for graphics cards only)
      1x PCI 32 bit slot
      Supports Dual-slot (double-width) graphics cards -
      in this case the PCI slot will be occupied.
      If a discrete graphics card is used, the onboard graphics will be deactivated.
    • HD audio
      7.1 channel High Definition Audio with Realtek ALC888 codec
      Azalia standard support
      Analog: line-out (8-ch), line-in, microphone, AUX input (onboard)
      Digital: optical S/PDIF-out, also via HDMI output
    • Gigabit LAN
      Realtek RTL 8111E Ethernet network controller
      PCI Express interface
      IEEE 802.3u 1000Base-T compliant
      Supports 10 / 100 / 1.000 MBit/s operation
      Supports Wake-on-LAN (WOL)
    • Card reader
      Integrated USB 2.0 multi format card reader in the front panel supports:
      Secure Digital (SD, SDHC), MultiMediaCard (MMC), 
      Memory Stick (MS Pro/Pro Duo/Pro-HG)
    • Drive connectors
      4x Serial ATA (3 Gbit/s)
      1x External Serial ATA (3 Gbit/s) at the front panel
    • Front Panel connectors and buttons
      Microphone input
      Headphone output
      USB 2.0
      eSATA / USB 2.0 combo port
      4-in-1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC, MMC, MS/Pro/Duo)
      Power button
      Power indicator (white LED)
      Hard disk/Optical disk drive indicator (blue LED)
    • Back Panel connectors
      HDMI (digital video out with digital audio) **)
      D-Sub VGA (analog video out) **)
      4x USB 2.0
      GigaBit LAN (RJ45)
      8-ch Audio line-out (2x rear/front, bass/center, surround/back)
      Audio Line-in
      Digital Audio: optical S/PDIF output
      Clear CMOS button
    • Other connectors
      4x USB 2.0 (two sets with 2x5 pins)
      2x fan connectors ( 4 pins and 3 pins)
      Audio AUX input
    • Accessories
      Multilanguage XPC Installation Guide
      32/64bit driver disk for Windows XP/Vista/7
      Preinstalled cables: 2x SATA, 
      Power Cord
      Heatsink Compound

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