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

Warranty1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity1,060GB
RAM capacity12.00GB
Screen sizeN/A

Processor

CPU familyIntel Core i7
CPU nominal frequency3.06GHz
CPU overclocked frequencyN/A
Processor socketLGA 1155
HSF (heatsink-fan)Shuttle proprietary

Motherboard

MotherboardShuttle proprietary
Motherboard chipsetIntel X58
Conventional PCI slots free0
Conventional PCI slots total0
PCI-E x16 slots free0
PCI-E x16 slots total2
PCI-E x8 slots free0
PCI-E x8 slots total0
PCI-E x4 slots free0
PCI-E x4 slots total0
PCI-E x1 slots free0
PCI-E x1 slots total0
Internal SATA connectors2
Internal SAS connectors0
Internal PATA connectors0
Internal floppy connectors0
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory typeDDR3
Memory sockets free1
Memory sockets total4

Graphics card

Graphics cardXFX Radeon HD 6950
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
3D performance settingLow
Graphics chipsetAMD Radeon HD 6950
Graphics card RAM1.00GB
DVI-I outputs2
HDMI outputs1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
DisplayPort outputs1
Number of graphics cards1

Hard disk

Hard diskCorsair CSSD-F60GB2
Capacity60GB
Hard disk usable capacity54GB
Internal disk interfaceSATA/600
Spindle speedN/A
Hard disk 2 make and modelWestern Digital Caviar Blue
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity1,000GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity931
Hard disk 2 spindle speed7,200RPM
Hard disk 2 cache size32MB
Hard disk 3 make and modelN/A
Hard disk 3 nominal capacityN/A
Hard disk 4 make and modelN/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacityN/A

Drives

Optical disc technologyBlu-ray reader/DVD writer combo
Optical disk 2 make and modelN/A
Optical disk 3 make and modelN/A

Monitor

Monitor make and modelN/A
Resolution screen horizontalN/A
Resolution screen verticalN/A
ResolutionN/A x N/A
Pixel response timeN/A
Contrast ratioN/A
Screen brightnessN/A
DVI inputsN/A
HDMI inputsN/A
VGA inputsN/A
DisplayPort inputsN/A

Additional Peripherals

SpeakersN/A
Speaker typeN/A
Sound cardN/A
PeripheralsN/A

Case

ChassisShuttle proprietary
Dimensions196 x 326 x 208mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supplyShuttle proprietary
Power supply rating500W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays0

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)8
eSATA ports2
PS/2 mouse portno
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports1
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports0
Modemno
3.5mm audio jacks6

Front ports

Front panel USB ports2
Front panel eSATA ports1
Front panel memory card readerno

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboardN/A

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7

Noise and power

Idle power consumption110W
Peak power consumption426W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings140fps
3D performance settingLow
Overall Real World Benchmark score0.90
Responsiveness score0.95
Media score0.90
Multitasking score0.85

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