Shuttle mini PC handles all LGA1156 chips

Pint-sized PC pioneer Shuttle claims it has concocted the first mini PC that can handle the demands of every single LGA1156 processor, including top-end quad-core CPUs.

The new SH55J2 barebone system measures just 215 x 330 x 190mm (WDH), but still manages to pack in an 80plus-certified 300W PSU, which Shuttle claims can cope with a processor TDP of up to 95W. This is the same TDP as Intel's quad-core Core i7 880 chip, which is currently the company's top-end LGA1156 processor.

Based on Intel's H55 Express chipset, Shuttle says the SH55J2 is also equally at home with a Core i3 or i5 chip, and the chassis' HDMI output will happily handle CPUs with integrated graphics, while also outputting sound.

Meanwhile, anyone who needs a bit more oomph in their graphics engine can stick a dual-slot card in the PCI-E graphics slot, although you'll need to carefully monitor your power budget if you're teaming it up with a 95W CPU. Nevertheless, Shuttle reckons the 300W power supply is capable of pumping out a decent amount of power, saying it "offers sufficient reserve capacity for sophisticated system components."

You'll also find a standard PCI interface next to the PCI-E slot, while four DIMM slots support up to 16GB of 1,066 or 1,333MHz DDR3 memory. Bizarrely, there are also four SATA connectors, despite the fact that the chassis only has three drive bays (one 5.25in external, and two 3.5in internal).

All the other essentials are included, including 7.1-channel audio outputs, a 1Gb/sec Ethernet connector and a massive tally of nine USB ports.

The Shuttle XPC SH55J2 is available in the UK now, and costs £280.59 inc VAT.