The Shuttle XPC cube Barebone SZ170R8V2, as the company's first model, is able to accommodate up to four 3.5 inch hard drives which makes an overall maximum capacity of up to 40TB a reality. Ideal for both home and commercial applications.
Still, there's much room for expansion in the form of a M.2 SSD for PCI-E which means transfer rates of up to 2,5 GB/s making it up to four times faster as compared to current SATA-SSDs. However, this barebones platform is way more than just about storage - the SH170R8V2 has enough grunt under its aluminium bonnet to be a high-end gaming PC or a workstation for intensive graphics or even video applications. The mainboard sports Intel's high-performance Z170 chipset that is designed for next-gen LGA 1151 Skylake processors up to the top-end Core i7 ones of the K-Series. Additionally, large dual-slot graphics cards and up to 64GB of DDR4 memory can be fitted.
The DisplayPort connector allows for connections with digital high-resolution displays. Depending on processor and display model resolutions of up to 4K/Ultra HD (3840x2160) can be achieved. Besides picture signal, DisplayPort cables can also lead digital sounds signals in excellent quality.
Goodbye cable spaghetti! Modern flat-screen TVs and large-format TFT screens can be connected to this Mini-PC with just a single thin cable. Often the audio output is also transferred in brilliant quality via the HDMI cable.
Dual-slot graphic cards? No problem!
The creative engineers at Shuttle have worked out how to fit large and incredibly powerful dual-slot graphics cards into this compact PC. The special dimensions of the cards and the unusual fan size cause no problems at all in this Mini-PC.
Shuttle's patented Heatpipe Cooling technology with variable speed control automatically ensures maximum system stability and quiet operation in this aluminium Shuttle Mini-PC. Instead of swirling around the chassis, as is the case with conventional solutions, the warm air is specifically transferred out of the chassis.
In this model the ports and drives are hidden behind moveable panels that offer ideal protection from dust and ensure a clean, harmonious look. Not everyone needs to be able to see just what your Mini-PC can do.
Optimal air flow
Warm air is transported out of the chassis by means of cleverly arranged components, which enables a large number of parts to be cooled simultaneously in the air flow. At no time can heat build up and adversely affect the stability of the system.
Dual network connection
In this model two gigabit network controllers ensure maximum data transmission rates via load balancing and maximum availability via the failover function.
PCI Express technology
A fast X16-PCI-E slot enables the use of modern 3D graphics cards and other expansion cards that have to transfer huge amounts of data at ultra-rapid speeds.
For a longer life and more system stability
All the components of the highly integrated mainboard of this PC are fitted with modern solid capacitors, which offer six times the lifespan of normal capacitors.
Shuttle opts for lightweight aluminium
The use of aluminium in Mini-PCs has significant advantages. Aluminium has an ideal balance between weight and strength, does not rust and is not sensitive to magnetism. Its thermal conductivity is four times higher than steel. All in all, it's a perfect material for Mini-PCs.
Intel chipset inside
Play it safe with the reliable chipsets from the world's largest chip manufacturer. Intel chipsets have proven themselves over many years, have been presented with awards by the trade press and offer the best possible degree of compatibility.
The interface for the fastest of memory media
Internal drives to be used inside this Mini-PC can transfer data at a speed of up to 6 Gbit/s. Hard drives thus run significantly faster and brand-new media technologies such as SSDs can use their full potential. Be sure to look for SATA 6 Gbit/s.
The fastest connection to external peripheral devices available to date
The USB 3.0 connectors of this model allow for data transfer of up to 5 Gbit/s (625 MB/s). This enables external devices such as USB hard disks to be connected and run at nearly the same speed as their internal siblings. USB 3.0 is downward compatible so that also devices of previous USB generations can be hooked up.
Intelligent fan control
The Smart Fan system promises low operating noise with its large, slowly rotating fans, which generate a very large airflow and have automatic variable speed control.
Generous supply of USB ports
You can never have enough of those versatile USB ports. This Shuttle Mini-PC offers 8 ports, with further ports for internal expansions located on the mainboard.
8-channel HD audio
The superior high-definition sound not only gives that perfect cinema feeling at home, it also offers optimal sound quality for your Skype VOIP telephone conferencing. Conveniently located ports ensure ultimate user friendliness.
Black aluminium chassis
Front panel: brushed aluminium
Front doors for USB ports
Kensington Security Slot at the back panel (also called K-Slot
or Kensington lock) as a part of an anti-theft system
Dimensions: 33.2 x 21,6 x 19.8 cm (LWH), 14.2 litre
Weight: 3.5 kg net / 5.0 kg gross
- Storage bays
Storage bays: 4x 3.5" (internal)
Using the optional accessory PHD3 two 2.5" drives
can be installed into one 3.5" bay.
- Mainboard / Chipset
Shuttle "FZ170_V3", Shuttle Form Factor
proprietary design for XPC cube Barebone SZ170R6V2
Dimensions: 270 x 195 mm
Chipset: Intel® Z170 Chipset
(Intel® GL82Z170 PCH, code name "Sunrise Point")
Platform Controller Hub (PCH) as Single-Chip-Solution
Solid Capacitors for sensitive areas provide excellent
heat resistance for enhanced system durability
AMI BIOS, SPI Interface, 32 MBit Flash-ROM with SPI interface
Supports PnP, ACPI 3.0, Hardware Monitoring
Supports Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI)
Supports boot up from external USB flash memory
- Power supply
Built in 500 Watt mini switching power supply (PC63J)
AC input voltage: supports 100~240V, 50~60 Hz
80 PLUS Silver  compliant: the PSU provides at least
85/89/85% of efficiency at 20/50/100% of load.
Active PFC circuit (Power Factor Correction)
ATX main power connectors: 2x10 and 2x2 pins
Graphics power connector: 6 pins and 8 pins
Other connectors: 4x SATA, 2x Molex, 1x Floppy
- Operation System
This system comes without operating system.
It is compatible with Windows 10 / 8.1 / 7 and Linux.- 64 bit.
For note on Windows 7, see 
- Processor support
Socket LGA 1151 (H4) supports the sixth generation of
Intel Core i7 / i5 / i3, Pentium and Celeron processors
Maximum supported processor power consumption (TDP) = 95W
Codename "Skylake", 14nm process technology, up to 8 MB of L3 cache
Not compatible with Intel Xeon E3 V5 processors with Socket LGA1151 and processors with the older Socket LGA 1150.
Supports the unlock-function of Intel K-Series processors.
The processor integrates PCI-Express, memory controller
and the graphics engine on the same die (performance features
depending on processor type)
Please refer to the support list for detailed processor support information at global.shuttle.com.
- Processor cooling
Shuttle I.C.E. (Integrated Cooling Engine)
Advanced I.C.E. Heatpipe technology with 3 pipes
Temperature controlled 92 mm fan
SilentX cooling and noise reduction technology with Active Airflow
- Memory support
4 x 288-pin slots
Supports DDR4-2133 memory (PC4-17066) at 1.2V
Supports 2+2 Dual Channel mode
Supports max. 16 GB per DIMM, maximum total size of 64 GB
- Integrated Graphics
The features of the integrated Intel HD graphics function
depend on the processor type used.
Supports DirectX 12, OGL 5.x, OCL 2.x
The PC features three digital video outputs :
- HDMI v1.4 (supports 1080p/60 and 2160p/30)
- 2x DisplayPort v1.2 (support 1080p/60 and 2160p/60)
Supports displays with 4K Ultra HD resolution at 3840 x 2160 
Supports three independent FullHD displays with the integrated graphics function
Supports more displays in combination with a discrete graphics card 
Supports Blu-ray (BD) playback with HDCP content protection
Supports multi-channel digital audio over the same cable
Maximum shared memory of 512 MB
- PCIe Expansion Slots
1x PCI-Express x16 v3.0 slot (PEG, for graphics cards only)
1x PCI-Express x4 v3.0 slot
This XPC supports dual-slot (double-width) graphics cards -
in this case the second PCI-Express slot will be occupied.
Graphics power connector: 6-pin
- M.2-2280 SSD slot
The M.2 2280 BM slot provides the following interfaces:
- PCI-Express Gen. 3.0 X4 (max. 32 Gbps), supports NVMe
- SATA v3.0 (max. 6 Gbps)
It supports M.2 cards with a width of 22 mm
and a length of 42, 60 or 80 mm (type 2242, 2260, 2280).
Supports M.2 SSDs with SATA or PCI-Express interface
- M.2-2230 slot for WLAN cards
Interfaces: PCI-Express Gen. 2.0 X1 und USB 2.0
Supports M.2 cards with a width of 22 mm and a length of 30 mm (type 2230)
Supports WLAN extension cards (optional Shuttle accessory WLN-M )
- 7.1-Channel HD audio
7.1 channel High Definition Audio with Realtek ALC892 codec
Analog: line-out (7.1-ch), line-in, microphone, AUX input (onboard)
Digital Audio via HDMI and DisplayPort outputs
- Dual Gigabit Network
Dual network with two RJ45 ports
Used network chips:
1) Intel i211 Ethernet Controller with MAC, PHY and PCIe interface
2) Intel i219LM PHY connected to the MAC of the processor
Supports 10 / 100 / 1.000 MBit/s operation
Supports WAKE ON LAN (WOL)
Supports network boot by Preboot eXecution Environment (PXE)
Supports Teaming mode 
- SATA connectors
The mainboard provides five Serial-ATA 3.0 interfaces, max. 6 Gbps supported
4x Serial ATA connector onboard
1x M.2 slot onboard for flash memory cards
Supports Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RST, Raid 0/1/5/10, JBOD)
- Front Panel Connectors and Buttons
Headphone output (line-out)
2x USB 3.0
Power indicator (blue LED)
Hard disk drive indicator (yellow LED)
- Back Panel Connectors
2x DisplayPort v1.2 
6x USB 3.0
2x GigaBit LAN (RJ45)
7.1-ch Audio line-out (2x rear/front, bass/center, surround/back)
Clear CMOS button
Optional: serial port RS-232 (Accessory: H-RS232)
3x perforation for optional WLAN antennas
- Other Onboard Connectors
2x USB 2.0 (2x 5-pin)
1x RS232 (2x 5-pin) for optional accessory H-RS232
2x fan connectors (4 pin), one connector is occupied
Low Pin Count header (LPC, 2x 10 pin, 2 mm pitch size)
Occupied front connectors: USB 3.0, USB2.0, audio, power buttons, LEDs
- Included Accessories
Multi-language XPC Installation Guide (EN, DE, FR, ES, JP, KR, SC, TC)
32/64 bit driver disk for Windows
4x Serial ATA cables
AC Power Cord (with protective-earth contacts)
Protector cap for the CPU socket (do not use if heat-pipe or fan is mounted)
Bag with screws
- Optional Accessories
PHD3: 3.5" to 2.5" adapter
H-RS232: Backpanel COM port adapter for RS232 serial interface
WLN-M: Wireless LAN 802.11ac + BT4.0 module with two external antennas
- Environmental Spec
Operating temperature range: 0~40°C
Relative humidity range: 10~90% (non-condensing)
- Certifications / Compliance::
EMI: FCC, CE, BSMI, C-Tick
Safety: ETL, CB, BSMI
Other: RoHS, Energy Star 5.0, ErP
This device is classed as a technical information equipment (ITE) in class B and is intended for use in living room and office. The CE-mark approves the conformity by the EU directives:
(1) 2004/108/EC relating to electromagnetic compatibility (EMC),
(2) 2006/95/EC relating to Electrical Equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits (LVD),
(3) 2009/125/EC relating to ecodesign requirements for energy-related products (ErP)
 Overclocking Warning
Please note there is a certain risk involved with overclocking, including adjusting the settings in the BIOS or using third-party overclocking tools. Overclocking may affect your system stability or even cause damage of the components and devices of your system. It is done at your own risk and expense. Shuttle cannot be held responsible for possible damage caused by overclocking.
 Supports additional displays in combination with a discrete graphics card
The integrated graphics function already supports three independent displays via its digital video outputs. This PC can even support more displays in combination with a discrete PCI-Express graphics card. This function is based on the Switchable Graphics feature introduced with the 2nd Generation of Intel® Core™ processors. To enable this, please enter the BIOS Setup Utility by pressing the "Delete" key after powering on the PC, then go to the "Advanced" tab and change the "Initiate Graphics Adapter" setting to "Switchable".
 4K Ultra-HD resolution
A 4K-display with Ultra-HD resolution (3840 x 2160) should be connected via DisplayPort, as only this port supports a higher refresh rate of 60Hz. The video playback performance depends on the video format, bitrate and the processor used. Daily office applications usually won't require the system to run under full load, however for smooth 4K (2160p) video playback requirements are different. An Intel Core i3 processor or higher is required here.
 How to convert DisplayPort to HDMI/DVI
The DisplayPort outputs can be converted to HDMI or DVI by an additional, passive adapter cable. For example:
DELOCK 82590: 1m, DisplayPort (male, 20p) to HDMI-A (male, 19p)
DELOCK 82435: 5m, DisplayPort (male, 20p) to DVI-D (male, 24p)
The integrated graphics automatically detects the connected display and puts out the appropriate electric signal - either DisplayPort (without an adapter) or HDMI/DVI (with an adapter).
However, a monitor with a DisplayPort connector cannot be connected to the HDMI port with a simple, passive adapter.
 Three independent displays simultaneously
The Shuttle XPC cube Barebone SH170R6 supports a maximum of two displays with a DVI or HDMI input. A third digital display, if required, must be connected directly to the DisplayPort output (without an adapter).
 Installation of Windows 7
Intel® 100 chipset series has removed their support for the Enhanced Host Controller Interface (EHCI) which is the driver software for the USB 2.0 ports. The new chipset only supports the updated Extensible Host Controller Interface (xHCI for USB 3.0) which is not supported by the original Windows 7 installation disk. This means, that peripheral devices connected by USB (like keyboard, mouse and external optical drive) do not work during the Windows 7 Installation. As a solution please add the required USB 3.0 drivers to the Windows 7 installation files - this procedure is explained in the Shuttle FAQ section at global.shuttle.com.
 Teaming Mode
The teaming function allows you to group both available network adapters together to function as a single adapter. The benefit of this approach is that it enables load balancing and failover.
Driver download: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/21642
 Optional Wireless LAN module (WLN-M): This XPC Barebone supports the optional Shuttle XPC Accessory WLN-M which consists of a M.2-2230 card with IEEE 802.11ac and BT4.0 functionality and two external antennas with appropriate antenna cables.