Benchmark Results: Applications
A small loss in iTunes and a tie in Lame put the XPC SX58H7 audio performance barely beneath our best-performing full-sized motherboard.
TMPGEnc gives the full-sized board a slight lead using the Xvid codec, while Shuttle takes a slightly smaller lead in DviX.
A win in Mainconcept and a tied-finish in 3ds Max 2009 swing the performance pendulum towards Shuttle.
Our top-performing full-sized board trumps the SX58H7 in hard-drive-intensive applications, even though both used the same drivers, chipset, and AHCI BIOS setting.
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.