Scan Value G35 review

A fine all-round PC with a stylish case, the Scan is a worthy base unit even though it's not quite as quick as some rivals

Mike Jennings
16 Aug 2012
5
Price when reviewed 
1,032

It’s very easy for a bright white case to look cheaper than the usual black, as systems have demonstrated over the years, and that makes Scan’s choice of a white NZXT Source 210 chassis a bold move - but few could deny it has a certain appeal.

As usual, Scan’s attention to the build is immaculate. A black fabric covering helps the cables stand out against the white interior, and they’re routed in regimented lines. That’s if they’re even visible, with most hidden behind the motherboard tray, appearing only as they approach their relevant ports.

The six free hard disk bays and two larger 5.25in bays can be accessed without tools, although they’re not side-facing, and the MSI Z77A-G45 motherboard has two free PCI Express x16 slots. It’s an extremely quiet PC, too – as good as silent when idling and on a par with the Chillblast Fusion Thunderbird when stress tested. You’ll be hard-pressed to hear it during gameplay or movies.

Scan Value G35

The interior isn’t without problems. The huge Thermalright HR-02 Macho heatsink dominates the top half of the case and hangs over one DIMM socket, and it also renders the top PCI Express x1 slot inaccessible.

Like the Chillblast, the processor is a Core i5-3570K, overclocked to 4.6GHz. The resulting benchmark score of 1.15 is a little behind the Chillblast's 1.18 – but in real terms, you’ll rarely notice any difference in most applications.

On to the graphics, and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 670 guided the Scan to a decent set of benchmark scores. An average of 70fps in Crysis is four frames better than the Chillblast, although the Fusion Thunderbird was marginally faster in Crysis 2, Just Cause 2 and DiRT 3. That means the Chillblast just edges is as a choice for gaming.

The 120GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD is a proven quantity when it comes to super-fast storage. and the 2TB Seagate Barracuda hard disk also proved quicker than most. It excelled when writing files: its 331.8MB/sec pace with large files is one of the best scores we've seen from a hard disk, and its 213.3MB/sec with small files is good too.

Scan Value G35

The Scan is frugal with power and runs relatively cool. The processor hit a peak temperature of 82°C during our stress tests, and the graphics card’s peak of 79°C – while a little high – is nothing to worry about.

So the Scan’s performance is good, its build quality is solid, and we can find few things to fault. It also looks a little less garish than the Chillblast, which may be the deciding factor for some people.

Comparing the full package side by side, however, the Chillblast packs slightly more into its budget, and so by the thinnest of margins takes the crown here.

Warranty

Warranty1yr on-site, 1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity2,120GB
RAM capacity8.00GB

Processor

CPU familyIntel Core i5
CPU nominal frequency3.40GHz
CPU overclocked frequency4.60GHz
Processor socketLGA 1155
HSF (heatsink-fan)Thermalright HR-02 Macho

Motherboard

MotherboardMSI Z77A-G45
Motherboard chipsetIntel Z77
Conventional PCI slots free0
Conventional PCI slots total0
PCI-E x16 slots free1
PCI-E x16 slots total3
PCI-E x1 slots free3
PCI-E x1 slots total4
Internal SATA connectors6
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory typeDDR3
Memory sockets free2
Memory sockets total4

Graphics card

Graphics cardNvidia GeForce GTX 670
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
3D performance settingLow
Graphics chipsetNvidia GeForce GTX 670
Graphics card RAM2.00GB
DVI-I outputs2
HDMI outputs1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
DisplayPort outputs1
Number of graphics cards1

Hard disk

Hard diskOCZ Vertex 3
Capacity120GB
Hard disk usable capacity111GB
Internal disk interfaceSATA 6Gbit/s
Hard disk 2 make and modelSeagate Barracuda ST2000DM001
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity2,000GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity1,810
Hard disk 2 spindle speed7,200RPM
Hard disk 2 cache size64MB

Drives

Optical disc technologyDVD writer

Additional Peripherals

Sound cardAsus Xonar DGX

Case

ChassisNZXT Source 210
Case formatFull tower
Dimensions195 x 495 x 440mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supplyCorsair GS600
Power supply rating600W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays2

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)4
PS/2 mouse portyes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports1
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports1

Front ports

Front panel USB ports4

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7

Noise and power

Idle power consumption84W
Peak power consumption326W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings176fps
3D performance settingLow
Overall Real World Benchmark score1.15
Responsiveness score1.09
Media score1.21
Multitasking score1.15

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