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Shuttle SS50 Pentium 4 Cube System Review

Shuttle SS50 Pentium 4 Cube System Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: These computers, like Shuttle's SS50 use special motherboards and standard components to maximize features and lesson space requirements...
 76% Rating:   
Filed under: Computer / SFF PCs Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Shuttle Apr 29 2002   Colin Sun  
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System Spec's and Benchmarks

Benchmarks and Test System Setup

Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:

Processor: Intel 2.0GHz Pentium 4
Clock Speed: 20x100 MHz = 2.0 GHz
Motherboards: Shuttle SS50 MB.
Chipsets: SiS 650
Videocard:

Onboard SiS 315 Graphics

Sound Card: C-Media 8738 (onboard)
Network Card:

Realtek RT8100 (onboard)

Memory:

256MB Corsair PC2400 CAS2 DDR

Hard Drive: Samsung SV6004H 5400RPM UDMA100 60GB
CDROM: Panasonic 48x CD-ROM CR-594-B
Floppy:

N/A

Heatsink: Arkua 2U
PowerSupply: Shuttle SS50 PSU
Software Setup Windows 2000 Pro + SP2
SiS AGP 1.09
DetonatorXP 22.80
DirectX 8.1
Benchmarks SysMark 2001
Business Winstone 2001
Content Creation 2001
Winbench 99
SiSoft Sandra 2002 Pro
3DMark2001 SE
Quake III Arena

BAPCO Sysmark 2001 Source:MadOnion / BAPco

SYSmark2001 uses real world applications concurrently as an accurate way to test the system by following patterns that reflect the way real users work. SYSmark2001's workloads accurately represent today's updated business usage model. The benchmark runs at a realistic execution speed, with think times between application interactions, in order to emulate a desktop user's interaction with the operating system and applications.

Higher numbers denote better performance.

BapCo SysMark 2001 Benchmark Results
System Sysmarks Ranking
1. Internet Content Creation - Shuttle SS50 173
1 Office Productivity - Shuttle SS50 131

The Shuttle SS50 System does fairly well in SysMark2001. Teamed up with a Pentium 4 2 GHz the Shuttle SS50 can handle any office application.

Winstone 2001 Source: Zdnet

Content Creation Winstone 2001 keeps multiple applications open at once and switches among those applications. Content Creation Winstone 2001's activities focus on what we call "hot spots," periods of activity that make your PC really work--the times where you're likely to see an hourglass or a progress bar.

Business Winstone is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running today's Windows-based 32-bit applications on Windows 98 ME, Windows NT 4.0 (SP6 or later), Windows 2000, Windows Me, or Windows XP which runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete those activities to produce its performance scores.

Winstone 2001
System WinStones Ranking
1. Content Creation - Shuttle SS50 52.1
1 Business Winstone - Shuttle SS50 35.3

It seems that the Winstone's don't like the Shuttle SS50. Here, the system does quite poorly which is odd since it does ok in SysMark2001. In these benchmarks though the software suite is older though.

Winbench 99 V1.2 Source: e-Testinglabs.com

WinBench 99 is a subsystem-level benchmark that measures the performance of a PC's graphics, disk, and video subsystems in a Windows environment. WinBench 99's tests can run on Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows Me systems.

WinBench 99 v1.2 Benchmark Results
System Score Ranking
1. Business Disk - 100 MHz 6250
2. High-End Disk - 100 MHz 18000
3. Business Graphics - 100 MHz 262
4. High-End Graphics - 100 MHz 762

The SS50 here shows that the IDE and graphics sub system is quite weak. The graphics portion of this benchmark are particularly bad it's not surprising since it's using an intergrated SiS 315 with shared memory.

Sisoft Sandra 2001 Source: Sandra

Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system and individual components. The numbers taken though are again, purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance.

SiSoft Sandra 2002 Pro Benchmark Results
System Score

Multimedia Benchmark

1. Integer SSE2 - 100 MHz 7924 it/s
2. Floating-Point SSE2- 100 MHz 9664 it/s

CPU Benchmark

3. Dhrystone ALU - 100 MHz 3679MIPS
4. Whetstone FPU - 100 MHz 1043 FPU/2361 SSE2 MFLOPS

Memory Benchmark

5. Integer ALU - 100 MHz 1637 MB/s
6. Float FPU - 100 MHz 1654 MB/s

From the Sandra scores it's obvious that the processor isn't being held back, the numbers are the same as the reference Pentium 4 2 GHz processor. The memory scores are quite bad, but the RAM is only running at 266 MHz mode.

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Contents of Article: Shuttle SS50
 Pg 1.  Shuttle SS50 Pentium 4 Cube System Review
 Pg 2.  What the system looks like
 Pg 3.  The Inside
 Pg 4.  BIOS and Overclocking
 Pg 5.  — System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 6.  3DMark and Conclusion

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