Shuttle XPC SH55J2 Barebone PC Review

Motherboards/Intel S1156 by stefan @ 2010-08-13

The XPC Barebone SH55J2 is another interesting product from Shuttle in which we can install any Socket 1156 CPU, with or without integrated graphics, add a single or dual slot video card, turning it into a gaming system or a nice Media Center for our living room.

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Introduction, Features & Specs


The XPC Barebone SH55J2 is another interesting product from Shuttle in which we can install any Socket 1156 CPU, with or without integrated graphics, add a single or dual slot video card, turning it into a gaming system or a nice Media Center for our living room.

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At first I would like to thank Shuttle Europe for making this review possible of their Shuttle XPC Barebone SH55J2.

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About Shuttle:

“ Shuttle Inc, founded in Taiwan in 1983, is specialised in development and production of innovative mini PCs. The joint-stock company is represented worldwide by a network of branch offices in Germany, the US and Japan. Since 2001 the attractive cube-shaped PCs have conquered nearly any field of application and have become the core business of the company headquartered in Taipei / Taiwan. Widely acclaimed by customers and press across the globe, Shuttle founds its success on effective management and long-term experience in making mainboards of highest quality standards. Since years Shuttle's mini PC barebones and fully-configured systems are the first choice of many system integrators, VARs, OEMs and ODMs banking on the high reliability and build quality. With appealing mini PC solutions Shuttle meets the requirements of consumers excellently and seeks to provide further user-friendly solutions of consumer electronics for the digital home environment.”


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J2-type chassis, color: black
Case cover made of aluminum, body made of steel
storage bays: 1 x 5.25" (external), 2 x 3.5" (internal)
Front door for I/O ports / card reader and optical drive
Kensington Security Slot at the back panel (also called a K-Slot
or Kensington lock) as a part of an anti-theft system
Dimensions: 33 x 21,5 x 19 cm (LWH), 13.5 litres
Weight: 7.0 kg net / 7.8 kg gross
Compatible with Mainboards in Shuttle or Mini-ITX Form Factor

Mainboard / Chipset

Shuttle FH55, Shuttle form factor, proprietary design for XPC SH55J2
Chipset: Intel® H55 Express (Codename: Ibex Peak, 65nm process)
Platform Controller Hub (PCH) as Single-Chip-Solution


AMI BIOS, SPI Interface, 16MBit Flash-ROM
Supports PnP, ACPI 3.0
Supports boot up from external USB flash memory

Power supply

300 Watt mini PSU, AC input voltage: 100~240V
80 PLUS® certified (80% or greater energy-efficient)
Active PFC circuit (Power Factor Correction)
ATX main power connectors: 2x10 and 2x2 pins

Processor support

Socket 1156 supports Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7-8xx desktop processors
Supports Intel QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) at 4.8 and 6.4 GT/s
Supports maximum TDP = 95W (power consumption)
The Processor integrates PCI-Express and memory controller
and the graphics engine as an option.
Please refer to the support list for detailed processor support information.

Processor cooling

Shuttle I.C.E. (Integrated Cooling Engine)
advanced I.C.E. Heatpipe technology, linear controlled 92mm fan
SilentX cooling and noise reduction technology with Active Airflow

Memory support

4 x 240 pin slots
Supports DDR3-1066/1333 SDRAM memory (PC3-8500/10600)
Supports DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) in overclocking mode *)
Supports 2+2 Dual Channel mode
Supports max. 4 GB per DIMM, maximum total size of 16 GB

Integrated Graphics

The Intel Core i3/i5 32nm Clarkdale processor integrates the
Intel® HD Graphics engine with Flexible Display Interface (FDI)
Resolution max. 1920 x 1200 (supports 720p, 1080i und 1080p)
Shared Memory: up to 768MB
Decodes MPEG-2, H.264 and VC-1 in hardware (supports Blu-ray)
Supports DirectX 10, OpenGL 2.1, Shader Model 4.0
Supports Dual-Independent-Display via HDMI and VGA port **)


1x PCI-Express v2.0 slot (PEG, for graphics cards only)
1x PCI 32 bit slot
Supports Dual-slot (double-width) graphics cards -
in this case the PCI slot will be occupied.
If a discrete graphics card is used, the onboard graphics will be deactivated.

HD audio

7.1 channel High Definition Audio with Realtek ALC888 codec
Azalia standard support
Analog: line-out (8-ch), line-in, microphone, AUX input (onboard)
Digital: optical S/PDIF-out, also via HDMI output

Gigabit LAN

Realtek RTL 8111E Ethernet network controller
PCI Express interface
IEEE 802.3u 1000Base-T compliant
Supports 10 / 100 / 1.000 MBit/s operation
Supports Wake-on-LAN (WOL)

Drive connectors

4x Serial ATA (3 Gbit/s)
1x External Serial ATA (3 Gbit/s) at the front panel

Front Panel connectors and buttons

Microphone input
Headphone output
USB 2.0
eSATA / USB 2.0 combo port
4-in-1 Card Reader
Power button
Power indicator (white LED)
Hard disk/Optical disk drive indicator (blue LED)

Back Panel connectors

HDMI (digital video out with digital audio) **)
D-Sub VGA (analog video out) **)
4x USB 2.0
GigaBit LAN (RJ45)
8-ch Audio line-out (2x rear/front, bass/center, surround/back)
Audio Line-in
Digital Audio: optical S/PDIF output
Clear CMOS button

Other connectors

4x USB 2.0 (two sets with 2x5 pins)
2x fan connectors ( 4 pins and 3 pins)
Audio AUX input


Multilanguage XPC Installation Guide
32/64bit driver disk for Windows XP/Vista/7
Preinstalled cables: 2x SATA,
Power Cord
Heatsink Compound

Certifications / Compliance:

Safety: ETL, CB, BSMI, TÜV
Other: RoHS, Eup Lot6, Energy Star 5.0


This device is classed as a technical information
equipment (ITE) in class B and is intended for use in
living room and office. The CE-mark approves the
conformity by the EU-guidelines:
- EMV-guideline 89/336/EWG electromagnetic tolerance
- LVD-guideline 73/23/EWG use of electric devices
within certain voltage-limits
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