Shuttle offers a few other amenities for the XPC H7 5800. You can upgrade the CPU, add a second hard drive, and even add solid state storage or a Blu-ray drive. An 802.11b/g wireless networking kit comes included, and you also get Gigabit Ethernet and three external-SATA ports on the system, including an external eSATA power connection. Our GeForce GTX 285 had no HDMI output, meaning you'll have to track down a DVI-to-HDMI adapter if you want to connect this system to an HDMI-equipped HDTV. The other 3D card options may have HDMI ports built-in, but we were unable to tell from the outdated reference link on Shuttle's configuration page.
|Raw (annual kWh)||711.87702|
|Annual operating cost (@$0.1135/kWh)||$82.08|
The addition of EnergyStar-compatible power efficiency testing to our desktop reviews gives us a new perspective on PC ownership. We don't have enough of a data backlog yet to put the Shuttle in perspective with other performance desktops, but we can say that compared with our mainstream all-in-one results, this system will use more than six times as much energy, and unlike the all-in-ones, the scores here don't take a display into consideration. We estimate more time under load for this system, given that it's a gaming box, but by any calculation, it's clear that even without a monitor, this gaming PC will consume noticeably more energy than an all-in-one desktop.
Finally, Shuttle's service and support offerings have never been that remarkable, and this system is no exception. Online help is basically nonexistent, requiring you to trudge through an endless stream of user hostile descriptions and product names. The default warranty covers you for one year of parts and labor with depot drop-off service if you need Shuttle to perform hardware maintenance. Phone support is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday only. Online, the only support options we found referred to Shuttle's bare-bones SX58H7 equivalent for this system.
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