Scan 3XS Node Titan review

£2046
Price when reviewed

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.

Warranty

Warranty 3 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 2,250GB
RAM capacity 16.00GB

Processor

CPU family Intel Core i7
CPU nominal frequency 3.40GHz
CPU overclocked frequency 4.60GHz
Processor socket LGA 1155
HSF (heatsink-fan) Antec Kuhler H20 920

Motherboard

Motherboard Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe
Motherboard chipset Intel Z77
Conventional PCI slots free 0
Conventional PCI slots total 0
PCI-E x16 slots free 0
PCI-E x16 slots total 1
PCI-E x8 slots free 0
PCI-E x8 slots total 0
PCI-E x4 slots free 0
PCI-E x4 slots total 0
PCI-E x1 slots free 0
PCI-E x1 slots total 0
Internal SATA connectors 4
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR3
Memory sockets free 0
Memory sockets total 2

Graphics card

Graphics card Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting Medium
Graphics chipset Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan
Graphics card RAM 5.86GB
DVI-I outputs 2
HDMI outputs 1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 1
Number of graphics cards 1

Hard disk

Hard disk Samsung 840 Series 250GB
Capacity 250GB
Hard disk usable capacity 233GB
Internal disk interface SATA/600
Hard disk 2 make and model Seagate Barracuda
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity 2,000GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity 1,800
Hard disk 2 spindle speed 7,200RPM
Hard disk 2 cache size 64MB

Drives

Optical drive N/A

Case

Chassis Fractal Design Node 304
Case format Small form-factor
Dimensions 250 x 374 x 210mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supply Corsair GS600
Power supply rating 600W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 0

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 4
eSATA ports 2
PS/2 mouse port yes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 1
Modem no
3.5mm audio jacks 6

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 2
Front panel memory card reader no

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 8

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 82W
Peak power consumption 427W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings 136fps
3D performance setting Medium
Overall Real World Benchmark score 1.25
Responsiveness score 1.13
Media score 1.34
Multitasking score 1.25

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