Shuttle have been making highly regarded barebones PCs for years and are arguably the experts in small form factor solutions. Their latest solution is a slim PC for the latest Intel processors on the LGA1150 socket. With the Shuttle DS81 barebones the company is launching a cutting edge platform that is both powerful and robust, all while being just 43mm high.
The main selling point of the DS81 is its compatibility with the fourth generation Intel Core processors on the LGA1150 socket, with nearly all the models from the Celerons right up to the Core i7’s supported. The only limiting factor is the 65W TDP limit.
Two display port connectors and a HDMI provide excellent connectivity for both digital signage and ePos application, with the integrated graphics on the fourth generation Intel Core processors enabling the playback of the latest 4K HD content.
"The robust DS81 attracted a great deal of attention at CeBIT," reports Tom Seiffert, Head of Marketing & PR at Shuttle Computer Handels GmbH. "The reliability of the model even at ambient temperatures up to 50 °C and under full load was clearly demonstrated live in Hannover."
To deal with special networking applications, the DS81 has 2x Gigabit Ethernet and also offers two serial RS-232 interfaces for device control (1x switchable to RS-422/RS-485). Also on the rear panel is a "remote Power-On" connector to which a separate button can be connected to turn on the machine. If the user wants the DS81 to switch on automatically as soon as it is connected to a power source, an "Always-On" jumper can be found on the mainboard.
In addition to powerful processors, up to 16 GB DDR3 memory and an internal 2.5" drive (SSD/HDD) with SATA 6 Gbit/s can be fitted in the DS81. Two Mini-PCI Express expansion slots are available for additional cards, e.g. Wireless LAN or mSATA-SSD. On the front panel of the machine is a card reader for SD memory cards. A total of eight USB ports (both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0) are available at the front and rear of the machine.
The DS81 can be operated horizontally or vertically. The machine comes supplied with a VESA mount for installation to monitors or walls. In addition, it also has numerous M3 threaded holes for custom fixing concepts.
Internals of the Shuttle DS81