Scan 3XS Performance GTX - The Most Powerful Gaming PC

1/9/2013 9:07:41 AM

Housed in an unassuming and deceptively compact Corsair Carbide 300R case, the 3XS Performance GTX from Scan is one of the most powerful gaming PCs in this round-up.

The case’s minimalist good looks are combined with good airflow and convenient drive-bay caddies for easy upgrades. Inside, a 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K has been pushed right up to 4.6GHz. It’s cooled by a huge Thermalright Macho cooler, fitted with multiple heatpipes and a single fan. Scan has also squeezed in a factory-overclocked EVGA nVidia GeForce GTX 680 graphics card and an Asus Xonar DG 5.1 sound card, which provides EAX effects for gaming, and Dolby Headphone for surround processing via a headset.

Scan 3XS Performance GTX

Scan 3XS Performance GTX

The motherboard is the popular Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H, also employed by Braebo and Computer Planet. It’s powerful, but it lacks the Wi-Fi and nVidia SLI support of the board selected by Quiet PC.

 GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1155 - GA-Z77-D3H

 GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1155 - GA-Z77-D3H

Performance-wise the 3XS lives up to its name, and it delivered very high scores in PCMark 7 and across all our gaming tests. However, it’s also the third most expensive system on test.

Some of this budget has been spent on a superb Asus PB278Q monitor with delicious IPS panel, a height adjustable pivoting stand and a pin-sharp 2560x1440-pixel resolution. It outclasses every single display in this round-up.

Asus PB278Q

Asus PB278Q

Completing the package is a bundle of Corsair gaming goodies: you get a Vengeance K60 keyboard, a Vengeance M70 mouse and a Vengeance 1300 headset. The K60 features a brushed aluminium housing and uses Cherry MX Red mechanical switches. The W, A, S, D keys are red and feature a grippy soft touch, as do the weapon- selecting number keys 1-6. They keyboard also provides a 20-key rollover via the USB interface.

The Vengeance K60 keyboard

The Vengeance K60 keyboard

The M60 mouse is constructed from aluminium and features a sniper button, which will temporarily change the dpi setting to allow for better controlled aiming.


·         Price: $2,774

·         Model: 3XS Performance GTX

·         Processor: 3.4GHz (OC @4.6GHz) Intel Core i5-3570K

·         CPU cooler: Thermalright Macho

·         Memory: 8GB DDR3 1,600MHz

·         Storage: 240GB OCZ Agility 3 SSD + 2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD

·         Power supply: 600W Corsair GS600

·         Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H

·         External USB ports: 6x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0

·         Display: 27in Asus PB278Q (2560x1440) IPS panel with HDMI, DVI, VGA, DisplayPort, Component, Composite

·         Graphics card: EVGA nVidia GeForce GTX 680, 2GB VRAM

·         Sound: Asus Xonar DG 5.1

·         Networking: Gigabit ethernet

·         Other ports: HDMI, 2x DVI, DisplayPort

·         Case: Corsair Carbide 300R

·         Keyboard & mouse: Corsair K60 keyboard, Corsair M60 mouse

·         Optical drive: Pioneer DVD ± RW

·         Operating system: Windows 8

·         Extras: Corsair Vengeance 1300 headset

·         Case dimensions: 522x565x285mm

·         Warranty: 1-year collect-and-return, 2-year return-to-base (parts and labour)


·         PCMark 7 score: 6,485

·         Hard Reset: 149, 129

·         Lost Planet 2: 93, 77

·         Stalker CoP: 254, 121

·         Alien vs Predator: 112, 60

·         Sniper Elite V2: 94, 23

·         It may be pricey, but excellent performance, high build quality and an amazing 27in monitor make for fluid and immersive gameplay that’s hard to match.

·         This is a great all-round gaming system that won’t take up a huge amount of space.

·         Build: 4.5/5

·         Features: 4.5/5

·         Performance: 5/5

·         Value: 3.5/5

·         Overall: 4.5/5


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