Crysis continues to cut down powerful systems as fast as Nomad dispatches his foes. At first, the system was not stable and was overheating. We then updated the BIOS and used the Nvidia system tools software to turn the fan speed up on the GeForce GTX 280, which helped. However, Crysis continued to cause the system to crash at resolutions of 1920x1200, which we resolved with the driver 178.24 release in October. The system would not crash even at 1920x1200 with 16x anti-aliasing and Very High system settings. We did continue to have heat issues (understandably) during our OC test and could not resolve them.
Playing through each level of the game showed that this system had no major weaknesses--well, at least compared to full-sized systems running Crysis.
lol i didnt even have to read the article since you put the conclusion right in the description on the main page.. but i guess it couldnt have ended any other way. overpriced.
Well I don't see that in the article anywhere. It would seem that you might be quoting something else but the concussion is true. For those looking for a SFF it is overpriced for what it provides. You can say the same about any customer builder, Falcon Northwest, Alienware and so forth. They all sell their products for a huge premium but they do give you warranties on your "super fast and overclocked system". For me, I really like the SFF so I buy the barebones version of Shuttles products and am very happy with them.
nontheless, it is one cool looking thing and has more performance than most gamers need, and you are a lucky guy to have their products.
but until i transform into a really hardcore gamer, and have a couple grand laying (lying?) around im just gonna stick with my trusty intel e6420 overclocked by 50% and a thermaltake big-typ vx-10.. something that would have a hard time fitting in there
The reason I like the Shuttle boxes is that they take up little room and you generally do not give up much. Now that said they do lack expandability but of course I can put three in the space of a full tower case. Look at the barebones units, they are very affordable but then again if something fails you have to get their board to fix it and that is not cheap.
It's based on the Nforce2 so it has good audio by Nvidia, firewire, great access up front w/ 2ea USB, Mini 1394 in front, normal in back, speaker, mic, headphone jacks up front, memory card readers up front, mirror finish up front, quiet, reliable as hell. It's actually now my wife's rig as I've built 2 new computer since handing it down, but it's pretty awesome. I will repurpose it as a media PC/Console Emulator when the time comes she wants a new one. In conclusion, a very positive experience from a Shuttle product.