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Shuttle SH87R6 preview: Potent Haswell mini PC

Each time Intel launches a new series of processors, a whole slew of new products using the new technology arrives shortly afterwards - everything from motherboards to laptops and mini PCs, such as this SH87R6 from Shuttle. It's equipped with the new H87 chipset and is compatible with the latest Haswell processors (opens in new tab).

It really is a compact little chassis, perfect for bringing along to LAN parties, or as a powerful yet tiny portable PC. It's always been the strong side of Shuttle, putting lots of power in a very small space. It has a 300 Watt PSU, processors can take up to 95 Watts (such as the Haswell Intel (opens in new tab)Core i7-4770K) and you can put powerful graphics cards in it, such as the AMD Radeon 7970 or the GeForce GTX680.

If you plan on filling every nook and cranny, you will push the little system to its limits. Shuttle is aware of this, and actually included a special calculator to figure out whether your desired configuration is compatible. It's obvious that, if you choose the most high-end graphics card and the most extreme CPU, you will exceed the capacity of the power supply. Not to worry, for such cases Shuttle can provide a more powerful PSU. The PC63J has a capacity of 500 Watts and costs an additional £110.

If you've seen Shuttle computers before, the design will be familiar. The front is minimalistic with a slot for a 5.25in device such as a DVD burner, and the connectors are located at the bottom behind a door. These consist of two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0 ports and audio connectors. On the back there are even more, with four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0, eSATA, five audio jacks and a digital optical connector. There's also gigabit ethernet, HDMI and DVI. The firmware from Shuttle is a standard BIOS, which is relatively basic compared to some state-of-the-art motherboards. You can read the rest of Shuttle SH87R6 preview on (opens in new tab).