Shuttle SH370R8 Barebones PC Review


It’s really tricky to say this is a fast PC, or a slow PC, because it really is what you make of it. What we can test, however, is the motherboard. I’ve equipped it with our trusty i9-9900K CPU and a GTX 1080 Ti FE graphics card. That’s paired up with 64 GB of Crucial DDR4, and a 500GB SSD. Pretty much the same components we use in all our motherboard review, as well as our GPU test bench.

Now, the performance figures are pretty much the sum of their parts. In FireStrike, we saw the 1080 Ti score what it should. In our GPU review, it hit 6587 and in this system, it was 6580, so it’s right on the money there really. The same is true of Unigine, showing us that the PCIe performance, at least, is spot on.


The same is true for PCMark 10 Express, a good overall test of the motherboard, ram, storage, CPU, etc. It scored an impressive 5601. To put that into perspective, the i9-9900K scored 5665 in our main test bench for the CPU review. So again, very close to that result.


The results were just as predictable in gaming too, with the i9-9900K and the GTX 1080 Ti FE delivering similar results to their stock reviews. In some it was a couple of FPS slower, in some, it was even a couple of FPS faster, but within a very tight margin for error. I’m really impressed with this, as it’s not a “gaming” system as such, but I have made it one, and it’s competitive. What this does tell us, however, is that the motherboard, the airflow and cooling solutions built-in are letting our chosen components do what they’re designed to do best.

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Peter Donnell

As a child still in my 30's (but not for long), I spend my day combining my love of music and movies with a life-long passion for gaming, from arcade classics and retro consoles to the latest high-end PC and console games. So it's no wonder I write about tech and test the latest hardware while I enjoy my hobbies!

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