While certainly not as popular these days as they were several years ago, Shuttle is still keeping its small form factor based XPC lineup refreshed with new models from time to time. A new model dubbed the XPC SZ68R5 has just been released which is based on Intel's Z68 Express chipset, using the company's FZ68 motherboard.

While certainly not as popular these days as they were several years ago, Shuttle is still keeping its small form factor based XPC lineup refreshed with new models from time to time. A new model dubbed the XPC SZ68R5 has just been released which is based on Intel's Z68 Express chipset, using the company's FZ68 motherboard.

This barebone PC is ready for your LGA-1155 CPU of choice and offers support for up to 32GB of DDR3 memory in the form of four physical slots. In terms of expansion options, it has a single PCI-E x16 v2.0 slot (with enough room to house a dual-slot graphics card) along with a PCI-E x4 slot and a mini-PCI-E x1 v2.0 slot.

A first for Shuttle's barebone systems is the inclusion of an mSATA slot to be able to add in an mSATA SSD and take advantage of Smart Response Technology. Power wise, the XPC SZ68R5 comes with a 500W 80Plus certified mini-PSU that provides both 6 and 8-pin connectors for your graphics card of choice. Cooling of the system is handled by Shuttle's I.C.E. (Integrated Cooling Engine) which features advanced I.C.E. heatpipe technology.

Running over the remaining features and forms of connectivity, the XPC SZ68R5 has two SATA 6Gbps ports and two SATA 3Gbps ports, one eSATA, four USB 3.0 ports (two in the front), six USB 2.0 ports, HDMI and DVI-I outputs (if using the built-in graphics support on a 2nd gen Intel Core CPU), Gigabit LAN and 8-channel HD audio.

The XPC SZ68R5 from Shuttle has been given a suggested price tag of €301.00 (ex. VAT).

Source: Shuttle