|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|
|OS||Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate x64 SP1|
|Graphics||Nvidia Forceware 182.08|
|Chipset||Intel INF 188.8.131.527|
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.
|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|
|iTunes 8||Version: 184.108.40.206 (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: 220.127.116.118 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)|
|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|
It actually went to 425W peak with both Prime95 (8-threads) and Crysis GPU bench (2560 Very-High 8x) running at the same time, but that's not a very realistic test.
It shows how the system compares to a standard motherboard and cooler in performance and overclocking. If you want more than standard cooling, you can read any of the X58 motherboard shootouts where a big liquid cooler is used.
Something I found with my current Shuttle box (i.e. SN21G5) is that, having added a modest dedicated graphics card (i.e. NVIDIA 9500 GT), the heat generated by the GPU was enough to keep the main fan spinning at low speeds even when idle. So as soon as the system is put under some load, even if the GPU is idle and only one CPU core is used 100%, the fan will spin at almost full speed generating quite some noise.
Since these small computers are often placed on the desktop, next to the user, the noise level is even more apparent than with other systems which generate similar decibel figures, but rest on the floor, etc. So... should I move away from SFF for my next PC if I want a silent Core i7 system with a GTX 260 GPU?
I can't really seem to figure this part out, at ava direct they have this XPC SX58H7 for about $688 I think, but again nothign conclusive as to what it comes w/....
Case, mobo, PSU. Yes, it's expensive.