November 10, 2013
Congratulations Ryan Birk!!
Ryan is the first to submit information successfully installing ESXi 5.5 on the Shuttle SZ87R6.
For all the VMware students and experts, that are thinking of using small form factor whiteboxes for their home labs, the Shuttle SZ87R6 system is the newest technology. The SZ87R6 supports Intel’s Haswell processors, 32GB Ram, up to 4 x 2.5″ HDD/SSD drives (with adapter) plus an MSATA SSD. Also, sports Dual Gigabyte Lan and a 80Plus Bronze 500W power supply.
Here is the link to Ryan’s Shuttle SZ87R6 ESXi 5.5 build and instructions to create your own home labs. He also provides the drivers for the NICs which were removed in the 5.5 version.
November 5, 2013
We are taking orders for the newest Shuttle SZ87R6 Haswell barebones, with a ship date of 11/7/13.
Don’t forget about our give away for the first person to submit a write up to post on our blog, share your experience with building and installing ESXi 5.x on the SZ87R6. You could win a Crucial M4 SATA 6 256GB SSD. Email your write up to firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 1, 2013
I confirmed with Shuttle this week that the SZ87R6 still has an ETA of 11/7/13.
We’re all very excited here, only 6 days left for the big day. I want to hear from anyone that’s planning on using their SZ87R6 for a white box VMware home lab. Tell us how the install went and if the SZ87R6 performs well as a VMware box. I’ll post your write up on the blog, to share your experience with others.
The first person that sends us a write up of their build and install of ESXi 5 that we can post, will receive a gift of a Crucial M4 SATA 6 256GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive.
You can email your write up to email@example.com.
October 9, 2013
I just received an update from Shuttle USA, that the ETA for the SZ87R6 was extended to 11/7/13, instead of the original ETA of 10/21/13.
If anyone is interested in the SH87R6, there is still plenty of stock.
Also, wanted to let you know that both of these models are compatible with the newer DDR3L (1.35v) memory that Crucial and some other manufacturers have recently come out with.
September 14, 2013
We just completed our first SH87R6 build for a customer.
Shuttle has changed up the SATA cables, sending shorter cables. There are no more cables wrapped on the top rail. I actually like it better with the shorter cables, no problems reaching the devices.
Here are the specs we used for this build:
Intel Core i7-4770 processor
Crucial Ballistic Sport low-profile DDR3 1600 16 GB memory (2x8GB)
MSI R7790-1GD5/OC Radeon HD Graphics card
Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SATA III SSD (boot drive)
Seagate Barracuda 2 TB SATA III 7200 64MB cache HDD (storage drive)
Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
The only minor problem we had was the Graphics card plug, the hard drive rack sits on top of the plug. Had to remove the tie wrap on the end by the plug to push the wires down enough for the rack to fit properly. Next time, will recommend a graphics card a little shorter in height. The MSI HD 7790 was 125mm in height.
Otherwise, it was an easy build, good air flow and very fast.
Recommended graphics card dimensions: L-10.74″ (273) x H-3.85″ (98) x D-1.65″ (42) updated on Shuttle’s website.
September 10, 2013
The Early Release supply has sold out.
The next shipment has an ETA of
9/16 – Inventory update
The Z87’s aren’t selling as quickly as I thought they would, we still
have some in stock as of today.
9/12 – Inventory update
We shipped out more Z87’s today, we only have a few left.
Still not sure what the ETA is for the next shipment, but will advise when we get the info.
9/11 – Inventory update
Surprisingly, we only shipped 2 – Z87’s yesterday, so we still have 5 in stock.
I’m still waiting on an ETA from Shuttle on the replenishment arrival.
After the sales we’ve already made this morning (9/10), we only have 7 left in stock.
I will keep you updated on our stock availability as we go through out the day.
I will also let you know what the ETA is when new stock will be available.
September 9, 2013
The Shuttle SZ87R6 has been released early, but with a limited supply.
You can purchase it from our website while supplies last.