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[OCUK] Shuttle SZ68R5 Review

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Shuttle have been making a range of cube shaped computers for over ten years and today we are taking a close look at one of their latest models, the SZ68R5. Part of their XPC range, the SZ68R5 is a barebones product comprising an aluminium case, motherboard based on the Intel Z68 Express chipset, I.C.E. heat pipe technology heat sink and a 500 watt 80 Plus certified power supply.

This is the third model Shuttle have produced for the 2nd generation Intel Core processors (Sandy bridge), following on from the SH67H3/H7 and the SH61R4, the primary difference between the models being the motherboard chipset and case design. Compared to the H67 and H61 chipsets the Z68 offers something new and exciting with support for the K series of processors where the multiplier is unlocked thus offering the chance of increased performance through overclocking.
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bit late in the game IMO, shall wait for z77 with a 600W psu
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Actually their upcoming Z77 model only comes with a 500w (but I take it you meant the SG07 with your own mobo).
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Oooooh this looks NICE. I think I want to build one as a portable gaming rig. This is fantastic.
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I definitely dig the new front panel. The brushed aluminum is as nice as ever. Now if only it could fit a 7970 biggrin.gif Speaking of which they should have made the air intake along the side bigger and perhaps added an exhaust at the top of the case.
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i totally would use one of these as a gaming/media rig and switch my current main over to a dedicated boinc machine.
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I had a lot of Shuttles back in the day. Had to move on because of lack of upgrades, cooling, and price. When it was time for my next system I couldn't get a new board to put in my case and the cases were stacking up. It really sucked because the cases where nice but but useless at that point. I could go mini itx but the power supply limited heat sink height. Also closed water cooling was a no no because of the 92mm fan size in back. By now I thought they would of made the move to 120mm fans in the rear. Oh well good luck!
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