Silverstone SG05 mini ITX system review

9.3 Overall Score
Build Quality: 10/10
Layout: 9/10
Price: 9/10

Tiny case packs a punch!

No room for expansion.

The results are very straightforward. We tested the SG05 with the following hardware and software:

  • Zotac GF9300-ITX WiFi
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E7400
  • 4GB of OCZ DDR2 800
  • Seagate 1TB Hard Drive
  • Silverstone NT06-E CPU Cooler(no fan)
  • ASUS HD 4870 512MB
  • Windows 7 Ultimate x64
  • Cinebench R10 x64
  • Prime95 small fft’s
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • Furmark Stability Test

Prime95 and Furmark’s Stability Test were all used to load the CPU and GPU for maximum thermal readings. Prime95 and Furmark were run for 15 minutes. Idle temps were taken 15 minutes after load testing was complete.

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The HD 4870 always runs hot in any system at idle with the stock fan. The temps we see here are normal under idle conditions. The E7400 is kept relatively cool in the tiny mini ITX case using a fanless CPU heatsink.

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Under load using Prime95, the E7400 heats up to 78C on both cores. That leaves us with a TJ Max delta of 22C and is within safe operating temps. We would like to see lower temps and the only way to do that is to add a PWM fan in place of the stock fan included with the SG05. This is not a fault of Silverstone as the Zotac GF9300-ITX WiFi motherboard does not support PWM for fans in the BIOS.

The HD 4870 reached temps of 84C at load. Again, that is normal load temps for the stock fan included with our HD 4870 512MB.

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The Cinebench R10 and 3DMark Vantage results are impressive for a mini ITX build. You will not be breaking any records with this system, but the power it has is more than satisfactory for an HTPC and mid-range gaming computer.

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