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Shuttle’s SX58H7 Ultra-Portable Core i7 Platform

Test Settings

Test System Configuration
CPUIntel Core i7 920 (2.66 GHz, 8.0 MB Cache) Overclocked to 3.20 GHz (BCLK 200)
CPU CoolerIntegrated Shuttle heat-pipe cooling
MotherboardShuttle FX58 (S5165) V1.0
RAMKingston KHX16000D3ULT1K3/6GX (6.0 GB) DDR3-2000 at DDR3-1600 CAS 8-8-8-24
GraphicsZotac GeForce GTX260² 896 MB 576/999 MHz GPU/Shader, GDDR3-2484
Hard DrivesWD VelociRaptor WD30000HLFS 0.3 TB, 10,000 RPM, 16 MB Cache
SoundIntegrated HD Audio
NetworkIntegrated Gigabit Networking
PowerShuttle PC6310005 ATX12V v2.2. EPS12V, 500 W
OpticalLite-On LH-20A1L, 20X DVD±R
Software
OSMicrosoft Windows Vista Ultimate x64 SP1
GraphicsNvidia Forceware 182.08
ChipsetIntel 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
CrysisPatch 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 2DirectX 10, Steam Version, in-game benchmark Test Set 1: High Quality, No AA Test Set 2: Ultra High Quality, 8x AA
World in ConflictPatch 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 8Version: 8.1.0.52 (x64) Audio CD ("Terminator II SE"), 53 min Default format AAC
Lame MP3Version: 3.98 64bits (07-04-2008) Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min wave to MP3
TMPEG 4.6Version: 4.6.3.268 Import File: "Terminator 2 SE" DVD (5 Minutes) Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9
DivX 6.8.5Encoding mode: Insane Quality Enhanced multithreading enabled using SSE4 Quarter-pixel search
XviD 1.2.1Display encoding status = off
Mainconcept Reference 1.6.1 Reference H.264 Plugin Pro 1.5.1MPEG2 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 9Version: 9.0, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)
Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 8Version: 8.0.134, Virus base: 270.4.5/1533, Benchmark: Scan 334 MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files
Winrar 3.80Version 3.80, WinZip Commandline Version 3.0, Compression = Best, Dictionary = 4,096 KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)
WinZip 12Version 12.0, Compression = Best, Benchmark: THG-Workload (139 MB)
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark VantageVersion: 1.02, GPU and CPU scores
PCMark VantageVersion: 1.00, System, Memory, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks, Windows Media Player 10.00.00.3646
SiSoftware Sandra XII SP2Version 2008.5.14.24, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / Multimedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.