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5.0 out of 5 stars SH67H3 + i7-3770 + Linux, 27 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Shuttle SH67H3 XPC Case - Black (Personal Computers)
I used the following config:

Corsair DDR3 1333 memory (the fastest the motherboard can use) - 2 slots 4GB x 2, in the yellow slots
i7 3770 Ivy Bridge processor (Retail pack so I now have a spare fan!)
Ubuntu Linux 12.10beta
LG IPS235 monitor with DVI cable (you need the DVI for the card to recognise the monitor - no adapters please!)

First power on was fairly dead, due to the BIOS not being up to date enough for the box, to run an Ivy Bridge (22nm) processor it needs BIOS 2.01 or later and a version 2 motherboard (which they all seem to be now). You need to update the BIOS with an older chip in there:

So I had to put in an old sandy bridge chip to update the BIOS (I used a spare i5-2400 but even a £32 celeron with graphics will do. The bios numbers on the screen bear no relation to the numbers on the Shuttle site, so just get the latest one from them, use their suggestion to create a bootable DOS memory stick and run Flash.bat from the BIOS bundle you just downloaded. It takes a while - lots of writing - then it's done. Power off and remove lead before changing to the new Ivy bridge chip, and earth yourself to a nearly radiator first.

So with a working machine you can now install Linux, but not any Linux - you need Ubuntu 12.10 (beta if not yet released), and to install successfully you need to put it into a memory stick. From linux type 'dmesg' to see where the usb stick is (lets assume sdd), unmount it if it's automatically been mounted and then type:
sudo cat ubuntu-12.10-beta1-desktop-amd64.iso > /dev/sdd (or where your memory stick was in dmesg). Careful with this command - get the target right or lose your data!

So with memory stick in it will boot into Linux (if not change the BIOS to boot first from memory stick), and you have the option to install or run. Chose run, as the 'install' option gets stuck half way through. So once inside the Unbuntu Live click on the installer. Select all the options including update from the internet.
NB: If the install hangs right at the end (progress bar 100%) do not worry, just open a terminal and type: 'sudo init 0' and remove the stick, and switch back on.
NB: When installing in SSD choose the manual partitioning, and make sure each partition is type EXT4, as this reduces wear with the options I give below.

Then when the software updater asks you if you want to update say 'yes'.

What you end up with then is a machine with 8 3.5GHz (3.9GHz peak) cores (4xht) that is lightning fast, runs very quiet and cool and is a pleasure to use.
Note if you are using SSD, you should edit /etc/fstab (carefully!) and add the options 'noatime,nodiratime,discard'. Google these if you need more help.

Enjoy!
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