The Shuttle XPC SH67H3 comes in the traditional space-saving design that’s made the name shuttle synonymous with small form-factor PCs. While these models are typically sold as bare-bones chassis, we tested a model from iCubes, configured with fast processor and SSD storage.
It was equipped with a second-generation Intel Core i5-2400 quad-core processor clocked at 3.2GHz, a 256GB Samsung 830 solid-state drive (SSD), 4GB of DDR3 RAM and Windows 7 Professional.
The hardware combination meant an impressive result in application processing. In our WorldBench 6 test the machine scored a total of 161 points.
Although the Shuttle XPC SH67H3 performed well in WorldBench 6, the version we tested was not equipped for graphics intensive tasks. With no dedicated graphics card, it uses the Intel HD 2000 integrated graphics from the Core i5 processor.
In our basic FEAR test (Max detail) we recorded a low 16fps. In Crysis, we ran a low-quality test (1024 x 768, no anti-aliasing, DirectX 9 and ‘low’ detail). This gave us an average framerate of 39fps.
Shuttle XPC SH67H3: configuration options
But while this machine had been configured for more business uses, the Shuttle XPC SH67H3 offers the possibility to add a graphics card via its spare PCI-Express x16 slot. Further expansion is possible via two spare DIMM memory slots. The Shuttle FH67 motherboard can handle up to 32GB of RAM.
Build quality of the Shuttle XPC SH67H3 is generally good. The case is solid and looks sleek with its black brushed-aluminium fascia. Our sample was assembled with all components and cabling neat and tidy under the bonnet. Our only concern with build quality was a slightly loose and wobbly front panel.
We found the machine to be pleasantly quiet, bar a quick burst from the fans when booting up. And with an SSD inside, that can be very quick – the Shuttle XPC SH67H3 booted into Windows very quickly in around 20 seconds, and shutdown in just 6 seconds.
Cooling is helped by an Integrated Cooling Engine 2 heatpipe which draws heat from the processor to a radiator mounted at the rear.
Connectivity is a strong point, with a well-rounded front panel consisting of two USB 3.0 ports, headphone jack, microphone-in and a combined USB 2.0/eSATA port. Above is a tray-load Optiarc DVD rewritable optical drive.
Turn this Shuttle XPC SH67H3 around and you’ll find four USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, eSATA, ethernet, DVI, HDMI, S/PDIF optical out and another headphone jack.
Film and music fans may be pleased to hear that the Shuttle XPC SH67H3 supports 7.1-channel audio through four 3.5mm jack sockets.
Our system arrived without any 802.11b/g/n or Bluetooth wireless hardware. Again, it’s possible to upgrade using the spare mini-PCI Express slot on the motherboard for Wi-Fi; or with a USB dongle to gain Bluetooth too.
Meanwhile, a spare 3.5in hard-drive bay could be used to expand the limited 256GB SSD on our sample.
This Shuttle XPC SH67H3 included a 300W power-supply unit with an 80 PLUS Bronze certificate. This means the PSU has an energy conversion efficiency of at least 80 percent.
In our power consumption tests, the Shuttle drew a reasonable 34W while idling at the Windows desktop. This rose to a peak of 70W while running graphics benchmarks.
The price as tested is very high, but you could save over £500 (£391.06 plus £117.36) by deducting the Microsoft software tax of Windows and Office.