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Shuttle XPC SD11G5 Small Formfactor PC Review

Shuttle XPC SD11G5 Small Formfactor PC Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: To reach a happy silent equilibrium, the Shuttle XPC SD11G5 is powered by a mobile Intel Pentium M processor.
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Filed under: Computer / SFF PCs Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Shuttle Inc. Dec 30 2005   Colin Sun  
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XPC SD11G5 BIOS Options

Within the BIOS of the Shuttle XPC SD11G5 there are a decent number of memory adjustment options, and onboard video configurations. Memory specific options include CAS latency, RAS to CAS, RAS precharge and memory frequency.

Users can also adjust onboard video features, choose between onboard or PCI Express videocards (but not at the same time), memory size and video out mode (digital or analog).

In the Frequency Control section the FSB can be adjusted between 133-165 MHz, in 1 MHz increments. There are no other features for overclocking. Under the PC Health Status portion of the BIOS, users can select between smart fan, noise control-ultra, noise control-low, noise control-mid, or noise control-full. We recommend leaving it at the default setting; 'smart fan.'

Experts Tip: BIOS Settings and Noise Levels

If you know where to look on the Shuttle.com website you can find an acoustic test report for the XPC SD11G5 small form factor PC. Because the fan settings within the BIOS use general terminology to describe quiet vs. ultra quiet options, it's hard to know what level of noise to expect with each option. Here's the breakdown in Decibels as it relates to each choice under the 'Advanced CPU Fan Setting' tab:

  • Smart Fan: 24.5 dBA
  • Noise Control-Ultra: 23.5 dBA
  • Noise Control-Low: 23.9 dBA
  • Noise Control-Mid: 29.4 dBA
  • Noise Control-Full: 43.8 dBA
The acoustic test procedure Shuttle applied measures noise levels from a 50cm distance away from the XPC SD11G5 according to ISO 7779 standards.
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Silent Overclocking?

Overclocking Results:
Stock Max. OC
Motherboard Speed: 133 MHz

155 MHz

If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

Bearing in mind that the Shuttle XPC SD11G5 is engineered for quiet operation, the BIOS options that anyone interested in overclocking would need are rather limited.

The only way to overclock the XPC SD11G5 is to increase the motherboard FSB up from a stock speed of 133 MHz (the FSB is 133 MHz, the bus speed of the processor is 533 MHz). The Intel Pentium M 740 processor has a default clock speed of 1.73 GHz and it uses a 13x multiplier. There are no voltage options in the BIOS, so overclocking the Pentium M 740 and Shuttle XPC SD11G5 will be a little challenging.

Starting at 133 MHz, the FSB was increased in 2-3 MHz intervals all the way up to 155 MHz before stability began to be an issue... And that was as far we were able to overclock. Pentium M processors can overclock in certain situations very well, but that is really not the point of the Shuttle XPc SD11G5.

The Shuttle XPC SD11G5 and its Pentium M 740 takes on desktop motherboards equipped with the Pentium D 840 next... Can a mobile chip take the heat?

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Contents of Article: Shuttle Inc. XPC SD11G5
 Pg 1.  Shuttle XPC SD11G5 Small Formfactor PC Review
 Pg 2.  Overview of Features and Accessibility
 Pg 3.  External features of the SFF case
 Pg 4.  Rear I/O Connections and Heatsink System
 Pg 5.  Internal Components and Installation
 Pg 6.  Memory and Expansion Cards
 Pg 7.  PCI Express x16 Videocard Installation
 Pg 8.  — XPC SD11G5 BIOS Options
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: SYSMark 2004
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, PCMark05
 Pg 13.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 14.  Comanche 4, X2: The Threat
 Pg 15.  Benchmarks: UT2003, UT2004
 Pg 16.  Benchmarks: Doom 3, Conclusion

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