Shuttle SZ270R9 mini PC enclosure gets push-button overclocking
Mini PCs have seen a considerable increase in sales this year, allowing manufacturers like Shuttle to get back into profit and release more related products. This could be associated to the fact that PC users are shifting away from massive rigs towards compact, efficient and silent systems. One such solution is Shuttle’s new XPC SZ270R9 bare-bones for mini PCs that makes it easy to overclock components at the push of a button. The special overclock button will automatically increase the frequency of K-series CPUs to an optimized clock rate with the aid of Shuttle’s proprietary software.
Since it is a bare-bones enclosure, the SZ270R9 includes only a small form-factor Z270 motherboard and a power supply, meaning that users are required to further provide their own CPU, memory, storage and GPU, plus they could even customize the front panel with RGB lighting. The motherboard is compatible with all gen 6 and gen 7 Intel CPUs (Skylake and Kaby Lake) that have a maximum 95 W TDP, supports up to 64 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM, and also comes with a unique CPU cooling solution that integrates four direct contact heat pipes that feed a series of aluminum fins from the back of the enclosure, for an optimal heat dissipation. The storage support includes four bays for 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch SSD or HDD drives, two M.2 2280 Type-M bays and one M.2 2230 Type-A bay for blazing fast NVMe SSDs.
The 500W 80 Plus Silver certified PSU provides enough power for up to one GTX 1080 GPU, while the 13(L) x 8.5(W) x 7.8(H)-inch enclosure can fit a full-sized dual-slot graphics card that is at most 11-inch long. Users wanting a GTX 1080 Ti need to replace the power supply with a more potent one.
Connectivity-wise, the SZ270R9 offers a wide array of ports on its front panel, as well as its back panel. The front panel has only two USB 3.0 ports, while the back panel includes:
• 4 x USB 2.0
• 4 x USB 3.0
• 1 x Line in jack
• 1 x Line out jack
• 1 x Audio MIC in
• 1 x HDMI connector
• 2 x DisplayPort
• 2 x Gigabit LAN
Pricing and availability information has not been provided for the time being, however, the SZ270R9 is expected to ship in early 2018.