Here’s a closer look so you get to see the clearance.
And for those wondering about the PSU – here it is, the official product page says it is a 300W PSU but based on what I see here it looks more like a 400W PSU.
The system uses what Shuttle calls Integrated Cooling Engine 2 (I.C.E. 2) Heat pipe technology. It uses convection cooling to dissipate heat away from and around the CPU. The I.C.E.2 copper tubes, coated in nickel for enhanced tube hardness and rust-proof protection, are filled with distilled water to effectively channel heat and provide highly efficient processor and chassis cooling.
Setting up the Shuttle XPC is easy but not without some slight flaw. For example, there’s no way to install the processor without first removing the drive cage as the drive cage obstructs the movement of the clip that holds the CPU in socket.
And if you intend to install a graphics card, the PCI-E power connector may also be in conflict with the drive cage, in the image below I’ve moved the drive cage away to install the graphics card, the photo is to illustrate how it clashes.
For storage, I went with the Transcend MTS800 M.2 SSD, this way I need not use the drive cage to hold any of my drives.
With the drive cage out of the way I’m able to install a graphics card, and I’m pleased to see that it’s able to accommodate long cards such as the Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming.
The down side is that the PSU comes with only a 6-pin PCI-E cable but this can be overcome by using the 4-pin Molex to PCI-E converter. As for the cooling, I powered up my Intel Core i3-6100 on the system and ran my usual video encoding text and below are the results.
|Cooler||Idle (Â°C)||Load (Â°C)|
|Shuttle I.C.E. 2||30||55|
The cooling system performs well and runs silent, and what I also like about the cooler is that it’s easy to remove. The CPU section uses Intel stock cooler style push-pin while the fan that covers the fins are locked in place using thumbscrews. The only down side is that the system cools the CPU using air that’s from inside the casing. This means it doesn’t cool as well as say when cooling with air from outside of the casing but what you get is less dust intake, but considering the air-pressure inside the case, the dust will enter through other openings.
The Shuttle XPC Cube SH110R4 Barebone Mini PC retails at around RM 1,200 – I know some might find the price a little steep but here’s the thing, you get a casing, a motherboard, a cooler and a PSU all pre-installed for you. Basically you pay more to skip the process, and that is if you don’t mind the setup.