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Test Settings

Shuttle’s SX58H7 Ultra-Portable Core i7 Platform
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Test System Configuration

CPU

Intel Core i7 920 (2.66 GHz, 8.0 MB Cache)
Overclocked to 3.20 GHz (BCLK 200)

CPU Cooler

Integrated Shuttle heat-pipe cooling

Motherboard

Shuttle FX58 (S5165) V1.0

RAM

Kingston KHX16000D3ULT1K3/6GX (6.0 GB)
DDR3-2000 at DDR3-1600 CAS 8-8-8-24

Graphics

Zotac GeForce GTX260² 896 MB
576/999 MHz GPU/Shader, GDDR3-2484

Hard Drives

WD VelociRaptor WD30000HLFS
0.3 TB, 10,000 RPM, 16 MB Cache

Sound

Integrated HD Audio

Network

Integrated Gigabit Networking

Power

Shuttle PC6310005
ATX12V v2.2. EPS12V, 500 W

Optical

Lite-On LH-20A1L, 20X DVD±R

Software

OS

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate x64 SP1

Graphics

Nvidia Forceware 182.08

Chipset

Intel INF 9.1.0.1007


A BIOS memory-ratio limit of 4x required us to use 200 MHz base clock to reach our current “standard testing” speed of DDR3-1600. We dropped the Core i7 920 CPU multiplier to 16x to approximate the performance level of a 3.20 GHz Core i7 Extreme 965.

Our standardized test platform stands in for comparison using the same BIOS frequencies and settings as the Shuttle XPC. We substituted Intel’s retail-boxed cooler for our power and overclocking comparison, to see how well Shuttle’s SX58H7 built-in air cooler compares. As the top performer in our most recent X58 Motherboard Roundup, the Asus P6T motherboard should be a tough competitor.

Our P6T-based reference platform is powered by the 80-plus rated Cooler Master RS850-EMBA.

Benchmark Configuration

3D Games

Crysis

Patch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit executable, benchmark tool
Test Set 1: High Quality, No AA
Test Set 2: Very High Quality, 8x AA

Far Cry 2

DirectX 10, Steam Version, in-game benchmark
Test Set 1: High Quality, No AA
Test Set 2: Ultra High Quality, 8x AA

World in Conflict

Patch 1009, DirectX 10, timedemo
Test 1: High Details, No AA / No AF
Test 2: Very High Details 4x AA / 16x AF

Audio/Video Encoding

iTunes 8

Version: 8.1.0.52 (x64)
Audio CD ("Terminator II SE"), 53 min
Default format AAC

Lame MP3

Version: 3.98 64bits (07-04-2008)
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
wave to MP3

TMPEG 4.6

Version: 4.6.3.268
Import File: "Terminator 2 SE" DVD (5 Minutes)
Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9

DivX 6.8.5

Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading enabled using SSE4
Quarter-pixel search

XviD 1.2.1

Display encoding status = off

Mainconcept Reference 1.6.1
Reference H.264 Plugin Pro 1.5.1

MPEG2 to MPEG2 (H.264), MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec, 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG2), Audio: MPEG2 (44.1 kHz, 2 Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kb/s), Mode: PAL (25 FPS)

Productivity

Autodesk 3D Studio Max 9

Version: 9.0, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)

Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 8

Version: 8.0.134, Virus base: 270.4.5/1533, Benchmark: Scan 334 MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files

Winrar 3.80

Version 3.80, WinZip Commandline Version 3.0, Compression = Best, Dictionary = 4,096 KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)

WinZip 12

Version 12.0, Compression = Best, Benchmark: THG-Workload (139 MB)

Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings

3DMark Vantage

Version: 1.02, GPU and CPU scores

PCMark Vantage

Version: 1.00, System, Memory, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks, Windows Media Player 10.00.00.3646

SiSoftware Sandra XII SP2

Version 2008.5.14.24, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / Multimedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark

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