Scan 3XS X58-E review

£1149
Price when reviewed

Scan’s 3XS X58-E arrives clocked up to 3GHz, indicating a desire for top performance. And in our 2D benchmarks, the system scored a strong 2.15. The Thermalright Ultra-120 cooler should keep things stable if you want to push yet higher.

Unfortunately, this ambition clearly doesn’t extend to graphics: the powerful Core i7 CPU is partnered with a mid-range video card based on 2007 technology, namely the Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT. It’s the weakest card here, and left Scan’s system in last place in all of our 3D tests. Crysis was playable at 1,280 x 1,024 with high detail, averaging 38fps; but increasing detail settings or the resolution caused the frame rate to drop below 30fps.

You might hope that this cheaper graphics card would mean more goodies elsewhere, but alas that isn’t the case. The 22in BlueH TFT is merely the same model provided by CyberPower and Eclipse. The 3GB of RAM is unremarkable, and the half-terabyte Samsung drive is on the small side. There’s no Blu-ray drive or speakers, and even the keyboard and mouse are relatively cheap – though adequate.

The Gigabyte GA-EX58-DS4 motherboard also offers fewer ports than other boards, with only one Ethernet controller and no eSATA. There is a backplate button to clear the CMOS, though, and Scan adds a versatile card reader.

And while the 3XS X58-E isn’t the quietest option this month, we were impressed to see that its noise floor remained at 41dBA even under heavy load. You won’t be distracted by noisy fans kicking in.

Overall, however, the Scan offers less than its rivals for the same price. It’s still a powerful machine, but no matter what you plan to do with your Core i7 system – be it gaming, video editing or number crunching – a different package will probably do it better.

Warranty

Warranty 1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 500
RAM capacity 3.00GB
Screen size 22.0in

Processor

CPU family Intel Core i7
CPU nominal frequency 2.66GHz
CPU overclocked frequency 3.00GHz
Processor socket LGA 1366
HSF (heatsink-fan) Thermalright Ultra-120

Motherboard

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-EX58-DS4
Motherboard chipset Intel X58
Conventional PCI slots free 2
Conventional PCI slots total 2
PCI-E x16 slots free 2
PCI-E x16 slots total 3
PCI-E x8 slots free 0
PCI-E x8 slots total 0
PCI-E x4 slots free 1
PCI-E x4 slots total 1
PCI-E x1 slots free 1
PCI-E x1 slots total 1
Internal SATA connectors 8
Internal SAS connectors 0
Internal PATA connectors 1
Internal floppy connectors 0
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR3
Memory sockets free 3
Memory sockets total 6

Graphics card

Graphics card XFX GeForce 9800 GT
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting High
Graphics chipset Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT
Graphics card RAM 512MB
DVI-I outputs 2
HDMI outputs 0
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 0
Number of graphics cards N/A

Hard disk

Hard disk Samsung Spinpoint F1
Capacity 500GB
Hard disk usable capacity 465GB
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Spindle speed 7,200RPM
Cache size 16MB
Hard disk 2 make and model N/A
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 spindle speed N/A
Hard disk 2 cache size N/A
Hard disk 3 make and model N/A
Hard disk 3 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 4 make and model N/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacity N/A

Drives

Optical drive Pioneer DVR-216D
Optical disc technology DVD writer
Optical disk 2 make and model N/A
Optical disk 3 make and model N/A

Monitor

Monitor make and model BlueH H224W
Resolution screen horizontal 1,680
Resolution screen vertical 1,050
Resolution 1680 x 1050
Pixel response time 5ms
Contrast ratio 1,000:1
Screen brightness 300cd/m2
DVI inputs 1
HDMI inputs 0
VGA inputs 1
DisplayPort inputs 0

Additional Peripherals

Sound card Realtek HD audio

Case

Chassis Cooler Master Elite 335
Case format Full tower
Dimensions 185 x 486 x 413mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supply rating 500W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 3

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 8
FireWire ports 1
PS/2 mouse port yes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 1
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 1
Modem no
3.5mm audio jacks 6

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 3
Front panel memory card reader yes

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboard Logitech Cordless Desktop EX110

Operating system and software

OS family Windows Vista
Recovery method Recovery partition

Noise and power

Peak noise level 41.0dB(A)

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score 2.15
3D performance (crysis) low settings 29fps
3D performance setting High

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