Shuttle SX58H7 Pro review

£1399
Price when reviewed

We’re all familiar with Shuttle systems: they’re about compromise, with the benefit of such a tiny chassis balanced by slower components and an inflated price. At £1,400 the SX58H7 Pro looks to fit that pattern, until you open it up and see what’s inside. With a Core i7-950 and a full-sized Radeon HD 6950, this Shuttle is vastly more powerful than its image suggests.

It’s testament to Shuttle’s expertise that the layout has barely changed. The processor, for instance, lacks the kind of hefty cooler we’re used to seeing on a Core i7. Instead, it’s topped with a low-profile metal heatsink barely two centimetres high, with four pipes peeling off towards another heatsink at the rear with a 90mm fan.

Shuttle’s proprietary motherboard occupies most of an enclosure that’s littered with neat touches that justify the Pro suffix. The cooler on the Intel X58 chipset has its own heatpipe that loops around the processor to a dedicated heatsink. A daughterboard provides a pair of USB 3 ports and eSATA for the front panel. Four DIMM sockets are neatly slotted between the processor and the front of the case, and unlike 2009’s standard SX58H7 there’s SATA 6Gbits/sec, too.

Shuttle SX58H7 Pro

Both sides of the chassis are jam-packed, with the graphics card on one and Shuttle’s long, thin power supply on the other. The large cavity in the middle has a removable caddy for storing up to two hard disks and a single optical drive. There’s a modicum of upgrade room, with one free DIMM socket and a second PCI-Express x16 slot, although the latter is blocked by the double-slot HD 6950.

There’s no denying we were impressed by Shuttle’s high-end cramming, but we had fears about the heat such a fast and cramped machine would surely generate. There are no case fans to speak of, and air can only enter the system through two thin vents down the side of the busy chassis. Our tests bore out some of our concerns: the processor peaked at a toasty 87°C during our stress tests, with the graphics card climbing one degree higher. Neither signals imminent danger, but without good room ventilation we can see that heat rising.

Warranty

Warranty 1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 1,060GB
RAM capacity 12.00GB
Screen size N/A

Processor

CPU family Intel Core i7
CPU nominal frequency 3.06GHz
CPU overclocked frequency N/A
Processor socket LGA 1155
HSF (heatsink-fan) Shuttle proprietary

Motherboard

Motherboard Shuttle proprietary
Motherboard chipset Intel X58
Conventional PCI slots free 0
Conventional PCI slots total 0
PCI-E x16 slots free 0
PCI-E x16 slots total 2
PCI-E x8 slots free 0
PCI-E x8 slots total 0
PCI-E x4 slots free 0
PCI-E x4 slots total 0
PCI-E x1 slots free 0
PCI-E x1 slots total 0
Internal SATA connectors 2
Internal SAS connectors 0
Internal PATA connectors 0
Internal floppy connectors 0
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR3
Memory sockets free 1
Memory sockets total 4

Graphics card

Graphics card XFX Radeon HD 6950
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting Low
Graphics chipset AMD Radeon HD 6950
Graphics card RAM 1.00GB
DVI-I outputs 2
HDMI outputs 1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 1
Number of graphics cards 1

Hard disk

Hard disk Corsair CSSD-F60GB2
Capacity 60GB
Hard disk usable capacity 54GB
Internal disk interface SATA/600
Spindle speed N/A
Hard disk 2 make and model Western Digital Caviar Blue
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity 1,000GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity 931
Hard disk 2 spindle speed 7,200RPM
Hard disk 2 cache size 32MB
Hard disk 3 make and model N/A
Hard disk 3 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 4 make and model N/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacity N/A

Drives

Optical disc technology Blu-ray reader/DVD writer combo
Optical disk 2 make and model N/A
Optical disk 3 make and model N/A

Monitor

Monitor make and model N/A
Resolution screen horizontal N/A
Resolution screen vertical N/A
Resolution N/A x N/A
Pixel response time N/A
Contrast ratio N/A
Screen brightness N/A
DVI inputs N/A
HDMI inputs N/A
VGA inputs N/A
DisplayPort inputs N/A

Additional Peripherals

Speakers N/A
Speaker type N/A
Sound card N/A
Peripherals N/A

Case

Chassis Shuttle proprietary
Dimensions 196 x 326 x 208mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supply Shuttle proprietary
Power supply rating 500W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 0

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 8
eSATA ports 2
PS/2 mouse port no
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 1
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 0
Modem no
3.5mm audio jacks 6

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 2
Front panel eSATA ports 1
Front panel memory card reader no

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboard N/A

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 7

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 110W
Peak power consumption 426W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings 140fps
3D performance setting Low
Overall Real World Benchmark score 0.90
Responsiveness score 0.95
Media score 0.90
Multitasking score 0.85

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