Officially presented in September, the family of Intel processors Lake Apollo begins to enter the market, not only on notebooks and tablets but also on mini-desktop PC. In fact, successive announcements of new models based on this new platform to 14nm, dall’ECS Liva Z to Gigabyte Brix, touching even the TV stick, the TV keys that are there palm of your hand but that the previous generation had given some headache for Intel (remember that initially were fanless but then Intel had added a fan to design to solve thermal problems?).
Last in the series is the Shuttle DX30, a liter desktop (1.3l to be precise) that has the daunting task of repeating the success of previous Shuttle XS36 and XS35. From our first tests on Intel processors Lake Apollo emerged convincing performance in single-core but much less exciting in multi-core due to the absence of HyperThreading technology. We would therefore have preferred an Apollo Lake quad-core but choosing shuttle fell on a dual-core Intel Celeron J3355. This means you will not witness a significant improvement in performance in everyday use, with the exception however of exquisitely multimedia performance. One of the biggest advantages of Apollo Lake is indeed to integrate an Intel GPU Gen9 which represents a huge step forward compared to the past.
Shuttle DX30 has a compact size of 1.3 liters
Now I imagine that hardly those who buy a Shuttle DX30 3D wants to play, but comes in handy the ability to decode video via hardware compressed VP9 HEVC or H.265 to a maximum resolution of 4K and the ability to connect up to a maximum of three screens using the HDMI output, the Displayport and VGA output (via an optional accessory). The allocation of ports include two USB 3.0, four USB 2.0, headphone and microphone, PS / 2, RJ45 and two RS232 (RS232 and RS232 / RS422 / RS485).
The Intel Apollo Lake processors also have a thermal profile extremely content that has allowed to endow the Shuttle DX30 of a passive cooling system. It is therefore a totally fanless device, no moving parts and completely silent. Inside, there is room for two So-DIMM DDR3L for a maximum capacity of 8GB of memory and a SATA 3.0 connector 6Gbps for storage.
It varied the allocation of ports and suitable for professional use
The fund networking with Gigabit Ethernet with Wake on LAN and WiFi 802.11b / g / n complete an extremely strong technical capabilities. The operating systems supported by Shuttle for its DX30 are Windows 10 and Ubuntu Linux.