Shuttle's SB81P XPC

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Test Systems & SiSoft SANDRA

How we configured our test systems: When configuring the test systems for this review, first, we entered the system BIOS and set each board to their "Optimized" or "High-Performance Defaults".  The hard drives were then formatted, and Windows XP Professional (SP1) was installed. When the installation was complete, we hit the Windows Update site and downloaded all of the available updates, with the exception of the ones related to Windows Messenger. Then we installed all of the necessary drivers, and removed Windows Messenger from the system altogether. Auto-Updating and System Restore were also disabled, and we setup a 768MB permanent page file on the same partition as the Windows installation. Lastly, we set Windows XP's Visual Effects to "best performance", installed all of our benchmarking software, defragged the hard drives and ran all of the tests...

Test System Specifications
"Intel Inside!"
SYSTEM 1:
LGA775 - Pentium 4 550 (3.4GHz)

Shuttle SB81P XPC
Intel i915P

2x512MB Corsair PC3200

NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT

On-Board 10/100 Ethernet
On-Board Audio

WD "Raptor" 36GB Hard Drive
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP1
DirectX 9.0b
SYSTEM 2:
LGA775 - Pentium 4 550 (3.4GHz)

Abit AA8 DuraMAX
Intel i925x

2x512MB Corsair DDR2 533

NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT

On-Board 10/100 Ethernet
On-Board Audio

WD "Raptor" 36GB Hard Drive
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP1
DirectX 9.0b
SYSTEM 3:
S478 - Pentium 4 550 (3.4GHz)

DFI LANPARTY Pro875B
Intel i875P

2x512MB Corsair PC3200

NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT

On-Board 10/100 Ethernet
On-Board Audio

WD "Raptor" 36GB Hard Drive
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP1
DirectX 9.0b
Preliminary Benchmarks With SiSoft SANDRA 2004
Synthetic Testing

We began our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. SANDRA consists of a set of information and diagnostic utilities that can provide a host of useful information about your hardware and operating system. We ran three of the built-in sub-system tests that partially comprise the SANDRA 2004 suite (CPU, Multimedia, and Memory). All of these tests were run with the Shuttle SB81P XPC powered by a Pentium 4 550 processor clocked at its stock speed of 3.4GHz...


SANDRA CPU Benchmark
Pentium 4 @
3.4GHz
17x200MHz

SANDRA MM Benchmark
Pentium 4 @
3.4GHz
17x200MHz

SANDRA Memory Benchmark
Pentium 4 @
3.4GHz
17x200MHz

In all three of these tests, the Shuttle SB81P performed virtually identically to the similarly configured reference system in SANDRA's database.  The CPU benchmark had the SB81P performing at the same level as the Pentium 4 550 reference system, save for a few points in the FPU test, and just a few points behind the higher clocked Pentium 4 560.  The same held true in the multimedia benchmark where the SB81P was a few points faster in the Integer test, but a couple of points slower in the floating point test.  SANDRA's memory benchmark test had the SB81P falling just shy of the i915/PC3200 reference system, with bandwidth scores hovering around the 4.6GB/s mark.

Tags:  Shuttle, PC, XPC, XP

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