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Review: Scan 3XS Carbon Fluid Xp

by Parm Mann on 11 August 2017, 15:30

Tags: SCAN, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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Test Methodology

Comparison Systems - Part One

System Name Alienware Aurora R5 Asus ROG G20CI Asus ROG GR8 II Corsair One Pro Cyberpower Infinity X77 Titanium MSI Trident 3 Arctic
CPU Intel Core i7-6700 Intel Core i7-7700 Intel Core i7-7700 Intel Core i7-7700K Intel Core i7-7700K Intel Core i7-7700
Overclocked No No No Yes Yes No
Max Turbo Frequency 4.0GHz 4.2GHz 4.2GHz 4.5GHz 4.7GHz 4.2GHz
CPU Cores / Threads 4 / 8 4 / 8 4 / 8 4 / 8 4 / 8 4 / 8
CPU TDP 65W 65W 65W 91W 91W 65W
CPU Cooler Alienware Aurora Asus ROG G20CI Asus ROG GR8 II Corsair One Cooler Master MasterLiquid 120 MSI Trident 3
Motherboard Alienware 01NYPT Asus ROG G20CI Asus ROG GR8 II MSI Z270I Growler MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon MSI MS-B9061
Memory 8GB DDR4 (2x4GB) 16GB DDR4 (1x16GB) 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB) SK hynix 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB)
Memory Speed 15-15-15-36-2T @ 2,133MHz 17-17-17-39-2T @ 2,400MHz 17-17-17-39-2T @ 2,400MHz 16-16-16-36-2T @ 2,400MHz 15-17-17-35-2T @ 3,000MHz 17-17-17-39-2T @ 2,400MHz
Graphics Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Seahawk 8GB MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SeaHawk 11GB MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Aero ITX 8GB
Primary Storage Device 256GB Toshiba XG3 SSD 512GB SanDisk X400 SSD 256GB Intel 535 Series SSD 960GB Corsair Force Series LE 16GB Intel Optane Memory Accelerator 256GB Intel 600p Series SSD
Second Storage Device 1TB Seagate HDD 2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD - - 3TB Seagate Barracuda HDD 1TB Hitachi Travelstar HDD
Optical Drive - DVD Writer - - DVD Writer -
PSU Generic (460W, internal) Asus ROG G20CI (230W + 180W, external) Delta Electronics (230W, external) Corsair SFX 400 Gold (400W, internal) Cooler Master MasterWatt Lite (600W, internal) Delta Electronics (330W, external)
Chassis Alienware Aurora Asus ROG G20CI Asus ROG GR8 II Corsair One Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5 Nvidia Edition MSI Trident 3
Operating System Windows 10 (64-bit) Windows 10 (64-bit) Windows 10 (64-bit) Windows 10 (64-bit) Windows 10 (64-bit) Windows 10 (64-bit)
Warranty One year One year One year Two years (parts and labour, to an authorised centre - Scan in the UK) Three years (one-month collect-and-return, two-year parts, three-year labour) Two years (on-site collect and return)
Date Reviewed December 2016 April 2017 February 2017 March 2017 June 2017 April 2017
Cost As Reviewed £1,385 £2,100 TBC £2,269 £1,999 £1,799

Comparison Systems - Part Two

System Name PC Specialist Apollo Zen Scan 3XS Carbon Fluid Xp Scan 3XS Gamer Aura Scan 3XS Vengeance Ti Scan 3XS X99 Carbon Fluid Extreme SLI Scan 3XS Z270 Vengeance SLI
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 1600X Intel Core i9-7900X Intel Core i5-7500 Intel Core i7-7700K Intel Core i7-6950X Intel Core i7-7700K
Overclocked No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Max Turbo Frequency 4.0GHz 4.6GHz 3.8GHz 4.8GHz 4.2GHz 5.0GHz
CPU Cores / Threads 6 / 12 10 / 20 4 / 4 4 / 8 10 / 20 4 / 8
CPU TDP 95W 140W 65W 91W 140W 91W
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212X EK Liquid Loop Arctic Freezer 11 LP Corsair Hydro Series H100i v2 EK Liquid Loop Corsair Hydro Series H100i
Motherboard Asus Prime B350-Plus Asus RoG Strix X299-E Gaming Asus RoG Strix B250F Gaming Asus RoG Strix Z270H Gaming Asus RoG Strix X99 Gaming Asus RoG Strix Z270E Gaming
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB DDR4 (4x8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB DDR4 (4x8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB)
Memory Speed 15-15-15-51-1T @ 2,133MHz 16-18-18-36-2T @ 3,200MHz 15-17-17-35-2T @ 2,400MHz 15-17-17-35-2T @ 3,000MHz 16-18-18-35-2T @ 2,666MHz 15-17-17-35-2T @ 3,000MHz
Graphics XFX Radeon RX 570 RS Black Edition 4GB Nvidia Titan Xp 12GB Asus GeForce GTX 1070 Strix Gaming 8GB EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Founders Edition 2x Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X 12GB in SLI 2x Asus GeForce GTX 1080 Strix Advanced 8GB in SLI
Primary Storage Device 250GB WD Blue SSD 512GB Samsung 960 Pro SSD 256GB Intel 600p Series SSD 512GB Intel 600p Series SSD 512GB Samsung 950 Pro SSD 512GB Samsung SM951 SSD
Second Storage Device 1TB Seagate Barracuda HDD 2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD 1TB WD Blue HDD 2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD 2TB Seagate Mobile HDD 2TB WD Blue HDD
Optical Drive - - - - Samsung DVD Writer -
PSU Corsair VS550 (550W, internal) Corsair RM650X (650W, internal) Corsair CX450M (450W, internal) Corsair CX550M (550W, internal) Corsair RM850i (850W, internal) Corsair RM750i (750W, internal)
Chassis PCS SR-620 Fractal Design Define S NZXT S340 Corsair Crystal Series 460X RGB Corsair Graphite Series 760T Corsair Crystal Series 570X RGB
Operating System Windows 10 (64-bit) Windows 10 (64-bit) Windows 10 (64-bit) Windows 10 (64-bit) Windows 10 (64-bit) Windows 10 (64-bit)
Warranty Three years (one-month collect-and-return, one-year parts, three-year labour) Three years (first year onsite, second and third year return-to-base with parts and labour) Three years (first year onsite, second year return-to-base with parts and labour, third year return-to-base with labour only) Three years (first year onsite, second year return-to-base with parts and labour, third year return-to-base with labour only) Three years (first year onsite, second year return-to-base with parts and labour, third year return-to-base with labour only) Three years (first year onsite, second year return-to-base with parts and labour, third year return-to-base with labour only)
Date Reviewed June 2017 August 2017 February 2017 March 2017 September 2016 January 2017
Cost As Reviewed £949 £4,000 £1,300 £2,100 £6,500 £3,000

CPU and Storage Benchmarks

HEXUS PiFast Our number-crunching PiFast test is used to benchmark the computational power of each system's CPU.
Cinebench Using Cinebench's multi-CPU render, this cross-platform benchmark stresses as many cores as possible.
HandBrake Free-to-use video encoder that stresses all CPU cores.

Memory and Storage Benchmarks

AIDA64 Benchmark that analyses memory bandwidth and latency.
CrystalDiskMark Popular free-to-use storage benchmark, used to gauge sequential performance and aggregated 4K QD32 speeds.

Gaming Benchmarks

3DMark DX11, run at the Firestrike default test.
Gaming A selection of modern titles are tested at various resolutions.

Miscellaneous Benchmarks

Power Consumption Noted for system idling, under HandBrake video-transcoding load, and while gaming.
Temperature Noted for CPU idling, under HandBrake video-transcoding load, and while gaming.