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Shuttle DS81 Intel H81 Slim PC Barebone

  • Intel Socket LGA1150
  • Intel H81
  • 2 x 204Pin

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General

Brand
Shuttle
Model
DS81
Color
Black
Form Factor
1.3L chassis

CPU Supported

CPU Type
Support Intel Haswell Core i3/ i5/ i7 Processor
CPU Socket
Intel Socket LGA1150

Chipset

North Bridge
Intel H81

Memory Supported

Memory installed
No Memory
Memory slot
2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM
Memory Type Supported
DDR3 1600
Max Memory Supported
16GB

Expansion Slots

Other
1 x Full size Mini-PCIE socket (Only support m-SATA )
1 x Half size Mini-PCIE socket

Storage

Serial ATA
1 x SATA 6.0Gb/s + 1 x SATA 3.0Gb/s

Audio

Onboard Audio
Realtek ALC892

Communications

LAN
Realtek RTL8111G x 2
Max LAN Speed
Dual 10/100/1000Mbps

Extension Bays

2.5" Internal Bays
1 x 2.5" HDD / SSD bay

Front Panel Ports

Front USB
4 x USB 2.0 ports
Front Audio Ports
1 x Microphone-In
1 x Earphone-Out
Card Reader
1 x SD Card reader
Other Front Ports
1 x SATA power connector
1 x LPC header
1 x 4pin fan connector
1 x D-sub connector
1 x Power-On button
1 x Power LED
1 x HDD LED

Back Panel Ports

HDMI
1
VGA
2 x Display port
Rear USB
2 x USB 3.0 ports
2 x USB 2.0 ports
RJ45
2
Other Rear Ports
1 x RS232
1 x RS232/RS422/RS485
1 x Clear CMOS
1 x External power on header
1 x DC in
1 x Kensington lock
2 x Wireless Antenna fixture

Power Supply

Power Supply
90W Power Adapter
Input:100- 240V AC
Output: 19V 4.47A DC

Physical SPEC

Dimensions
1.69" x 6.50" x 7.48"

Features

Features
A new 4K signage player

For high-performance vertical markets, Shuttle's all-new DS81 has a body thickness of only 43 mm. The compact system supports international VESA Mount standards and can be fit to diverse commercial applications. Shuttle's DS81 equipped with Intel H81 Express Chipset supports Intel Haswell 4th generation Core i3/i5/i7 65W Processor, built-in DirectX 11.1 compatible with Intel HD Graphics. The system has built-in display ports to display 4K content and allows users to play ultra-high quality video and multimedia content. To meet the diverse requirements of vertical markets, the DS81 provides a wide range of I/O and high-speed storage interface, including USB2.0, USB3.0, RS232/422/485, SATA 6Gbps and Mini PCIe. The system adopts Shuttle's exclusive heat pipe cooling module with a smart fan design using only 90W, enabling efficient cooling and high-performance.

OS SUPPORT:
Windows 8.1
Windows 7
Linux

Packaging

Packaging
ACCESSORIES:
XPC Multilanguage Quick User Guide
XPC DVD Driver
VESA mount
VESA mount quick installation guide
1 x Power cord
1 x SATA cable
Screws
Optional 802.11b/g/n WLAN module
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Mr. M.
  • 7/3/2015 3:53:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPower in a small package

This review is from: Shuttle DS81 Intel H81 Slim PC Barebone - Retail

Pros: Good construction, very quiet, easy build, pick your CPU, plenty of connections. Makes a very capable mini-workstation.

Cons: Only niggle is no rear panel audio output, front only.

Other Thoughts: Loaded it with 16GB recommended Kingston memory, Intel 4690S i5 65W Haswell quad-core CPU and Samsung 850 EVO 500GB mSata SSD. Could have stepped up the CPU to the 4790S i7 but just couldn't justify the extra cost. Then installed Fedora 22 Workstation 64bitt.

This combination has made a really nice mini-computer. Easy to build, very quiet, solid construction and packs a lot of power in a book-size package. Highly recommended.

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  • michael f.
  • 5/10/2015 6:49:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVERY capable

This review is from: Shuttle DS81 Intel H81 Slim PC Barebone - Retail

Pros: i bought this for my sister-in-law. she had an old amd 3000 hp desktop probably around 6 years or so old. paired this with a pentium g3220, 8G gskill ram, and silicone power 120G ssd. for its form factor + price, it is a beast. total came to $363. she uses it for typical things, email, youtube, etc. it cold boots in about 10
seconds.

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: time will tell of the durability of this small pc. i had this in my wishlist to initially use as a sophos or pfsense router, and i intend to buy another one for that purpose.

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  • Paul F.
  • 12/8/2014 3:55:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUpdate

This review is from: Shuttle DS81 Intel H81 Slim PC Barebone - Retail

Pros: This is an update to my previous review to help clarify some points.

1st point: This system comes with two SATA ports and two mini PCie slots. The mPCie slots are stacked, one on top of each other. However the top slot accepts 50.8mm standard size mSATA SSD drives, while the bottom port is half size (26.8mm). I haven't tried installing a half size SSD drive yet in the bottom slot, but at some point I'll test it too. However the top slot (50.8mm) works perfectly with mSATA SSD's. After optimization I have a 7 second boot time from BIOS to Windows desktop. 3 second shutdown.

You MUST go in to the BIOS and change the boot drive to "mSATA". to get the SSD to boot from the mSata slot.

Point 2: You can have both an mSATA drive and SATA drive installed at the same time. I tested this by first installing a mSATA drive, installing Windows 8.1, and then installing a standard 2.5" SATA spinning drive attached with the cables that come with the system. There are 2 SATA ports so I suspect that you can install a 2nd spinning drive also, but you will need a SATA power splitter.

I guess you could always use the 2nd drive for file storage and swap file space, but if you install 8GB or more RAM the swap file space will likely not be needed at all. I keep 1024 as standard swap file space, turn off hibernation, turn off indexing. Make sure that Windows detects your SSD drive as SSD and if not manually run "WinSat formal" from the command line to enable Win 8.1 optimization. Defrag will then only run the TRIM command and not the full drefrag services on the SSD each week.

Be sure to use a low power (65 watt or under) CPU.

If you have any questions, just ask

Cons: Do not cover the vent holes in the top or this system will overheat.

Other Thoughts: I hope that Shuttle continues to improve this system as it is a perfect size and well constructed.

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  • Edward C.
  • 12/5/2014 8:56:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice box

This review is from: Shuttle DS81 Intel H81 Slim PC Barebone - Retail

Pros: Nice system with all the power I need built out with a i7 4790 and 8G or ram. I use them for automated system in hot plants and they stay cool and happy.

Cons: I wish the case would take a full size hard drive.

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  • Jason W.
  • 11/21/2014 7:56:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsHuge Fan

This review is from: Shuttle DS81 Intel H81 Slim PC Barebone - Retail

Pros: 1 - Haswell support (i7 4790S) Perfect for this box.
2 - Dual NICs (recognized by ESXi 5.1)
3 - lots of USB
4 - Really fast build (15 minutes and ready to install)

Cons: Shuttle MUST create a 32G version of this bare-bone. This would be an absolute monster with support for 32Gigs of memory.

... my only reason for leaving off an egg.

Other Thoughts: Great system.

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  • Edward L.
  • 10/24/2014 6:33:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDOA

This review is from: Shuttle DS81 Intel H81 Slim PC Barebone - Retail

Pros: Nice size, metal case, ability to chose the CPU

Cons: Would not power up. Sounded like a car with a dead battery. Of course Newegg was great handling the return, but now have to wait several weeks for new unit. HDMI only - no DVI port.

Other Thoughts: I probably should have looked more closely. Saw 2 SATA ports and read reviews that said they used mSATA. Assumed could use mSATA with a 2nd SATA drive. 2 SATA ports (not mSATA) and only 1 power connector for SATA, Will have to live with a 7200 RPM 1TB drive (would have ordered differently.

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  • Paul F.
  • 9/20/2014 8:33:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAlmost Perfect

This review is from: Shuttle DS81 Intel H81 Slim PC Barebone - Retail

Pros: 1) Nice metal case - strong and sturdy feel.
2) Supports a wide variety of Intel CPU's (Celeron, Pentium, i3, i5, i7)
3) Heat pipe/fan combo - very quiet yet cool to the touch.
4) 3 video ports (1 HDMI and 2 Display Ports)
5) Electronic soft-touch On/Off button. Wish all computers had them.
6) VESA mounting bracket for supported monitors included!
7) 8 USB ports!
8) Two mSata ports!
9) Supports any 2.5" slim drive too - easy mounting bracket install.
10) 2 Gb Ethernet Ports

Cons: 1) It would be nice to have a higher wattage power supply to support higher wattage CPU's (*see comment below).
2) Wish it had a second audio-out port on the back and not just the front. When setup as a desktop, all the cables attach to the back except for the audio port, which detracts from the look of the computer. Minor gripe.
3) Wish it had two USB3 front ports.

Other Thoughts: I've always like the quality of Shuttle computers. This is our company's favorite min-size computer. Shuttle did a great design job.
Everyone is blow-away at how small these computers are. A desktop system the size of a paper-back novel.

*Since the Power Supply is only 90 watts, you MUST use a lower-watt CPU for the i5 and i7, such as the i7-4790S, which is only 65 watts.

Go to Shuttle's support list to check the CPU and memory that it supports.

The mSata port(s) are a great bonus! Our mSata SSD boots Win 8.1 in 20 sec. and shuts down in 3. Price is has come down enough to forget about spinning drives - go SSD. But if you need, it easily supports a single 2.5" drive, spinning or otherwise. (Word of advice - if you plan on using an mSata drive, get an mSata to SATA converter or a mSata to USB converter if you need to plug it in to another computer.)
So far, heat has NOT been an issue. Just don't block the vent holes in the top and don't keep it smothered inside a closed area. Clean the fans once in a while to keep cooling at peak efficiency.

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  • Jon S.
  • 9/20/2014 12:05:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice little rig

This review is from: Shuttle DS81 Intel H81 Slim PC Barebone - Retail

Pros: Excellent build quality
Well rounded accessories bundle

Cons: Nothing thus far

Other Thoughts: Plugged in my kit and installed my OS. Centos 7 runs without a hitch.

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  • Matthew P.
  • 8/20/2014 5:59:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent computer

This review is from: Shuttle DS81 Intel H81 Slim PC Barebone - Retail

Pros: I have purchased about 10 of these so far. Fabulous little computers. Small, quiet, fast (if you put in a good cpu and SSD), and relatively inexpensive. Really impressed so far. Been using them going back to the previous version, and I've not had any problems with either model. Even bought one for home for streaming TV. works perfect. Dual nics and serial ports are a nice touch. Video port options are great.

Cons: Really nothing significant. Esata would be nice in place of one of the serial ports, but that's getting pretty picky.

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  • Michael. R.
  • 7/25/2014 8:33:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat form factor- Has limitations

This review is from: Shuttle DS81 Intel H81 Slim PC Barebone - Retail

Pros: This is an amazing little computer. I bought it to build a small DAW workstation. It fits WONDERFULLY in the limited space that I had for it.

Cons: This machine is INCREDIBLY picky about RAM and Processors. You have to follow their certified RAM. Don't deviate from it at all. Also watch your TDP. You can't exceed what they list. If you do, your power supply will QUICKLY over heat and then automatically shut itself down...thus quickly ending your computing experience...very abruptly. Honestly this power supply is incredibly under powered for what the internals can handle.

Other Thoughts: I think I'd buy another one...but I might look for something that's a little bit larger and isn't as picky with RAM, CPU, and TDP. They really need to supply a more powerful power supply. I'll likely end up swapping this one out for something that can deliver more power without over heating so quickly.

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