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
Model SYS-SH-DH310
CPU Coffee Lake CPU with 35 W or 65 W TDP
Up to Intel Core i7-8700
GPU Intel UHD Graphics 630
Up to 32 GB of DDR4-2667 in dual-channel mode
Motherboard Custom
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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Source: Shuttle

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  • Samus - Thursday, August 9, 2018 - link

    It's funny you mention the extinction of RS232, when I have to use a USB>COM adapter on my HTPC to control my Sharp TV, Denon receiver, Oppo Bluray, Pioneer SACD, Sonance Amps and god knows what else via a serial databus.

    The alternative is to use iR blasters, which are vastly inferior to a databus connection that has thousands of commands and can be fully scripted without any iR 'pause' delays. Posh iR installations can actually be bidirectional (like serial) but they have even more delay. Sometimes it could take 20 second to run a scripted event between a few devices where serial is instant.

    ...and thats just for home theater. This thing is probably targeted at kiosks and other commercial installations where similar serial 'networking' is used, or maybe simply just for remote management.

    Even modern HP servers with ELO use a RJ45 jack that is actually serial to chain them for remote management.

    Serial isn't going away anytime soon. It's just so damn reliable.

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