Shuttle Announces 1.3-Liter XPC Slim DH310: A Barebones PC for Coffee Lake CPUsby Anton Shilov on August 8, 2018 3:00 PM EST
Shuttle has formally introduced its new entry-level ultra-compact form-factor PC, the XPC Slim DH310, a barebones PC for Intel’s Coffee Lake processors with up to six cores. The systems have a volume of only 1.3 liters, they can accommodate all mainstream CFL CPUs and drive up to two 4K displays.
The Shuttle XPC slim DH310 is based on Intel’s H310 PCH and supports all of Intel's 65 W Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake processors. The system is cooled via one of Shuttle’s ICE modules, which uses a large heatsink and two 60-mm fans, one of which is PWM-controlled and the other can either be set to a constant speed or vary based on the chip’s temperature. The highest-performing CPU supported by the DH310 is Intel’s six-core Core i7-8700, but given the ultra-compact form-factor of the chassis and two relatively small fans I do wonder if it may be more practical to use a 35 W chip in a bid to ensure a quiet operation.
Moving on to DRAM and storage capabilities of the Shuttle XPC slim DH310. The barebones PC has two SO-DIMM slots that support up to 32 GB of DDR4-2666 memory, one 2.5-inch/7-mm bay for a storage drive, as well as one M.2-2280 slot for an SSD. The latter supports PCIe and SATA modes, but it is unclear whether it uses PCIe 3.0 lanes from the CPU or PCIe 2.0 lanes supported by the Intel H310 PCH (in the latter case an M.2 SSD will get around 2 GB/s of bandwidth). For those who need an additional storage device, the DH310 has an SD card reader.
When it comes to connectivity, the Shuttle XPC slim DH310 looks rather good. The system has four USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, two GbE connectors (driven by Intel’s i211 controllers), two display outputs (DP 1.2, HDMI 2.0), two COM ports, and two 3.5-mm audio headers. In a bid to get Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, end-users will need to install an M.2-2230 card. Shuttle recommends to use Intel’s Wireless-AC 9560 802.11ac Wi-Fi solution featuring a CNVi interface. As for power, the UCFF barebones is outfitted with a 90 W external PSU.
Shuttle has already started to ship its XPC slim DH310 to select retailers in Europe and will probably expand its availability to other territories in the coming weeks. The recommended retail price of the product is €214 ($248) without VAT, so think of around €250 ($289) with VAT included.
Shuttle first demonstrated its XPC slim DH310 alongside the XPC slim DH370 at Computex earlier this year. The latter will probably be more advanced than the former, but it looks like it will become available slightly later.
|Shuttle XPC slim DH310|
|CPU||Coffee Lake CPU with 35 W or 65 W TDP
Up to Intel Core i7-8700
|GPU||Intel UHD Graphics 630|
|DRAM||Two DDR4 SO-DIMM slots
Up to 32 GB of DDR4-2667 in dual-channel mode
|Storage||SSD||M.2-2280 (PCIe x4 or SATA)|
|DFF||2.5-inch SATA 6 Gbps|
|SD||SD card reader|
|Wireless||Optional 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth module|
|Ethernet||2 × GbE port (Intel i211)|
|USB||4 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
4 × USB 2.0 Type-A
|Display Outputs||1 × DisplayPort 1.2
1 × HDMI 2.0
|Audio||2 × 3.5mm audio jacks (ALC662 controller)|
|Other I/O||2 × COM ports|
|PSU||External 90 W PSU|
|Warranty||Typical, varies by country|
|Dimensions||Length: 190 mm
Width: 165 mm
Height: 43 mm
|MSRP in Europe||€214 ($248) without VAT|
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Mr Perfect - Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - linkAt that height it would fit in a single rack unit. I don't suppose they have a rackmount kit though?
bill.rookard - Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - linkNothing a little bit of aluminum u-channel wouldn't fix... Did that with a little Coolermaster Elite 100. It's a stitch taller than this unit, but still pretty damn small. Fitted it with a dual NIC Supermicro ITX D525 based motherboard and a older 64GB SSD and some RAM. Solid as a rock, sucks almost zero power, and runs my VPN connection under PFSense.
nevcairiel - Thursday, August 9, 2018 - linkThey have a rack mount kit two put two of those next to each other in a 2U unit, but not 1U. Maybe they are afraid of heat buildup since they are not designed for such an environment.
DanNeely - Thursday, August 9, 2018 - linkThat's probably it. They'd only have about 1mm vertical clearance, which'd make the top vent holes mostly useless.
edzieba - Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - linkI can't think of any good reason to choose one of these over an STX system. You're locked into a larger proprietary form-factor, but don't gain any functionality.
mammothboy - Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - linkSeems like a great platform for a robust pfSense build.
oRAirwolf - Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - linkDefinitely interesting. Might make a good replacement for my Sophos UTM 220 in my data center setup. That UTM 220 advertised as being capable of gigabit IPS but it tops out around 300 megabits, which is frustrating. One of these with an i3 should have no problem doing 1 gigabit. Dual i211's pretty much seals the deal. Most of these SFF boxes have crappy realtek nics which are fine for consumer use, but not ideal for anything enterprisey.
yeeeeman - Thursday, August 9, 2018 - linkCan we get now an AMD version?
nevcairiel - Thursday, August 9, 2018 - linkWhats up with the two COM ports? Those are extinct, and this now has two?
DanNeely - Thursday, August 9, 2018 - linkFor use with old industrial/embedded/etc control systems. They're generally designed with 30 year lifespans and many use RS-232. PCs themselves don't last that long though, and a com port built into the replacement is a cleaner upgrade than a USB dongle. Early generations of USB dongles also were flakey if you needed to use the control lines instead of just spraying data. Dunno if they're better now, but bad experiences years ago probably have a significant chunk of the market unwilling to consider anything without one now.