Scan 3XS Node Titan review

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Scan has brought its famously tidy PC building to the poky Fractal chassis. Cables run in lines along the bottom of the case, others are tied to the Node’s metal skeleton, and some are even lashed to the power supply.

For all Scan’s attention to detail, though, the internals remain tricky to get to. The motherboard can only be accessed by removing the chunky Antec Kühler H2O 920 cooler, and the power supply is right at the bottom of the case, buried beneath hard disk cages and a bushel of cables. There’s little upgrade room: two SATA cables are installed and snake towards a single free hard disk cage, which can accommodate a pair of drives, but that’s your lot.

Scan 3XS Node Titan

And we’d advise against further overclocking as the chassis and cooler configuration already struggle to keep the components cool. At peak load, the overclocked processor hit a toasty peak temperature of 92°C – only 13°C short of the chip’s thermal maximum – and the graphics card’s peak of 82°C is high as well. The Scan’s idle power consumption of 82W is reasonable, and this rose to 427W at peak – higher than the Wired2Fire’s 393W top draw.

Noise is less of an issue: the Scan is quiet when idling, and louder during intensive benchmarking than the Wired2Fire was, but cranking the volume up on your speakers will quickly mask its low rumble.

This Scan is an excellent PC, then, and a Titan in more than just name. It’s the fastest gaming PC it’s possible to imagine, incredibly quick in application and storage tests, and well put-together, too. But the cost of that Nvidia graphics card pushes the price to a truly ridiculous level, and with the far cheaper Wired2Fire matching its application and storage benchmark results, you’d have to be mad to spend the extra.


Warranty3 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity2,250GB
RAM capacity16.00GB


CPU familyIntel Core i7
CPU nominal frequency3.40GHz
CPU overclocked frequency4.60GHz
Processor socketLGA 1155
HSF (heatsink-fan)Antec Kuhler H20 920


MotherboardAsus P8Z77-I Deluxe
Motherboard chipsetIntel Z77
Conventional PCI slots free0
Conventional PCI slots total0
PCI-E x16 slots free0
PCI-E x16 slots total1
PCI-E x8 slots free0
PCI-E x8 slots total0
PCI-E x4 slots free0
PCI-E x4 slots total0
PCI-E x1 slots free0
PCI-E x1 slots total0
Internal SATA connectors4
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec


Memory typeDDR3
Memory sockets free0
Memory sockets total2

Graphics card

Graphics cardNvidia GeForce GTX Titan
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
3D performance settingMedium
Graphics chipsetNvidia GeForce GTX Titan
Graphics card RAM5.86GB
DVI-I outputs2
HDMI outputs1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
DisplayPort outputs1
Number of graphics cards1

Hard disk

Hard diskSamsung 840 Series 250GB
Hard disk usable capacity233GB
Internal disk interfaceSATA/600
Hard disk 2 make and modelSeagate Barracuda
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity2,000GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity1,800
Hard disk 2 spindle speed7,200RPM
Hard disk 2 cache size64MB


Optical driveN/A


ChassisFractal Design Node 304
Case formatSmall form-factor
Dimensions250 x 374 x 210mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supplyCorsair GS600
Power supply rating600W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays0

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)4
eSATA ports2
PS/2 mouse portyes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports1
3.5mm audio jacks6

Front ports

Front panel USB ports2
Front panel memory card readerno

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 8

Noise and power

Idle power consumption82W
Peak power consumption427W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings136fps
3D performance settingMedium
Overall Real World Benchmark score1.25
Responsiveness score1.13
Media score1.34
Multitasking score1.25

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