Feeds
55%
Shuttle XPC SP45H7

Shuttle XPC SP45H7

Fewer features, higher price? You sure, Shuttle?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

At this stage the DDR 2 memory was running at the default speed of 667MHz, which is horribly slow. We were able to raise the memory/frontside bus divider speed in the Bios to the maximum supported speed, 800MHz, however this had a detrimental impact on performance and clobbered hard drive performance in PCMark05.

The Bios also supports faster memory speeds, so we raised the Ram voltage and cranked up the memory divider to give a speed of 1066MHz and the system froze solid, forcing us to clear the Bios by sticking the tip of a tiny screwdriver through a hole on the back of the Shuttle to activate the Clear CMOS button.

Shuttle XPC SP45H7

Performed as promised - but just too pricey?

Although the Shuttle had behaved exactly as promised in the specification, this caused us some concern as we had been hoping to see some sort of benefit from the move to the P45 chipset. As a final step, we upgraded the HD 4550 graphics card to an HD 4850 and the performance leapt forward. The result was a decent PC that delivered the goods and was fully capable of playing games, although it didn’t get the full potential from the memory that we used.

The Shuttle kept the HD 4850 graphics card and QX9650 CPU cool without making a terrible racket and in that sense the SP45H7 is a success. The problem is, the SG45H7 can perform exactly the same task and also offers you the option of using integrated graphics to cut the power draw and noise level and you save money into the bargain.

Verdict

We took a long hard look at the SP45H7 to see whether it offered extra features that might prove to be tempting when you choose the barebones for your next PC but we came up dry. We had hoped that the SP45H7 might be better suited to the performance enthusiast than the SG45H7 but our hopes were in vain. ®

More Desktop PC Reviews...


Shuttle X27D

Dell Hybrid Mini

Shuttle SG45H7

Eee Box B202

The essential guide to IT transformation

55%
Shuttle XPC SP45H7

Shuttle XPC SP45H7

Why pay more when you can have integrated graphics, HDMI and identical performance for less?
Price: £320 RRP

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.