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Review: Scan 3XS Gamer Aura

by Parm Mann on 2 February 2017, 12:01

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 G20CB Cyberpower Luxe Xtreme DinoPC BX-01 MSI Vortex G65 6QF SLI PC Specialist Fusion Curve
Overclocked No No Yes Yes No No
CPU Intel Core i7-6700 Intel Core i7-6700 Intel Core i7-6950X Intel Core i7-5930K Intel Core i7-6700K Intel Core i7-6700K
Max Turbo Frequency 4.0GHz 4.0GHz 4.0GHz 4.5GHz 4.2GHz 4.2GHz
CPU Cores / Threads 4 / 8 4 / 8 10 / 20 6 / 12 4 / 8 4 / 8
CPU TDP 65W 65W 140W 140W 91W 91W
CPU Cooler Alienware Aurora Asus RoG G20CB XPSC Liquid Cooling HeatKiller IV Pro in custom loop MSI Vortex PCS FrostFlow 340 Series
Motherboard Alienware 01NYPT Asus RoG G20CB MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon Asus X99-Pro/USB 3.1 MSI Z170 MS-1T11 Asus Z170I Pro Gaming
Memory 8GB DDR4 (2x4GB) 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB DDR4 (4x8GB) SK hynix 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB) Kingston HyperX Savage 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB)
Memory Speed 15-15-15-36-2T @ 2,133MHz 15-15-15-36-2T @ 2,133MHz 16-18-18-36-2T @ 3,200MHz 15-17-17-35-2T @ 3,000MHz 15-15-15-36-2T @ 2,133MHz 13-15-15-39-2T @ 2,666MHz
Graphics Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB MSI GeForce GTX 1080 SeaHawk 2x MSI GeForce 980 Ti 6GB in SLI 2x MSI GeForce 980 8GB in SLI EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 8GB
Primary Storage Device 256GB Toshiba XG3 SSD 128GB SK hynix SSD 400GB Intel 750 Series SSD 512GB Samsung 950 Pro SSD 2x 128GB Samsung SM951 SSDs in RAID0 512GB Intel 600p SSD
Second Storage Device 1TB Seagate HDD 2TB Toshiba HDD 2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD 4TB Seagate Desktop HDD 1TB Hitachi Travelstar HDD 1TB WD Black HDD
Optical Drive - DVD Writer - -   -
PSU Generic (460W, internal) Asus RoG G20CB (230W + 180W, external) In Win C750 Modular (750W, internal) Corsair RM850x (850W, internal) MSI Vortex (450W, internal) Enhance 450W FlexATX (internal)
Chassis Alienware Aurora Asus RoG G20CB In Win 909 Corsair Carbide Series 600C MSI Vortex G65 Fusion Curve
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 Three years (one-month collect-and-return, two-year parts, three-year labour) Three years (six-months collect-and-return, two-year parts, three-year labour) Two years Three years (one-month collect-and-return, one-year parts, three-year labour)
Date Reviewed December 2016 January 2016 July 2016 March 2016 April 2016 October 2016
Cost As Reviewed £1,385 £1,500 £4,399 £3,799 £2,998 £2,449

Comparison Systems - Part Two

System Name PC Specialist Liquid Series LS-M01 Scan 3XS Gamer Aura Scan 3XS X99 Carbon Fluid Extreme SLI Scan 3XS Z170 Vengeance Q Scan 3XS Z270 Vengeance SLI Vibox Rapture Chaos MX1
Overclocked Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K Intel Core i5-7500 Intel Core i7-6950X Intel Core i7-6700K Intel Core i7-7700K Intel Core i5-6600K
Max Turbo Frequency 4.6GHz 3.8GHz 4.2GHz 4.4GHz 5.0GHz 4.5GHz
CPU Cores / Threads 4 / 8 4 / 4 10 / 20 4 / 8 4 / 8 4 / 4
CPU TDP 91W 65W 140W 91W 91W 91W
CPU Cooler Custom Liquid Loop Arctic Freezer 11 LP EK Liquid Loop Noctua NH-D15S Corsair Hydro Series H100i NZXT Kraken X61
Motherboard Asus Maximus VIII Hero Asus RoG Strix B250F Gaming Asus RoG Strix X99 Gaming Asus Z170 Pro Gaming Asus RoG Strix Z270E Gaming MSI Z170A Gaming Pro
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB DDR4 (4x8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB) Patriot Viper Xtreme 16GB DDR4 (4x4GB)
Memory Speed 15-17-17-35-2T @ 2,666MHz 15-17-17-35-2T @ 2,400MHz 16-18-18-35-2T @ 2,666MHz 15-17-17-35-2T @ 3,000MHz 15-17-17-35-2T @ 3,000MHz 16-18-18-36-2T @ 2,800MHz
Graphics EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked ACX 6GB Asus GeForce GTX 1070 Strix Gaming 8GB 2x Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X 12GB in SLI EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Superclocked ACX 8GB 2x Asus GeForce GTX 1080 Strix Advanced 8GB in SLI MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6GB
Primary Storage Device 512GB Samsung SM951 SSD 256GB Intel 600p Series SSD 512GB Samsung 950 Pro SSD 256GB Samsung 950 Pro SSD 512GB Samsung SM951 SSD 250GB Samsung 850 Evo SSD
Second Storage Device 2TB WD Black HDD 1TB WD Blue HDD 2TB Seagate Mobile HDD 2TB Seagate Hybrid HD 2TB WD Blue HDD 2TB WD Black HDD
Optical Drive - - Samsung DVD Writer - - -
PSU Corsair RM850x (850W, internal) Corsair CX450M (450W, internal) Corsair RM850i (850W, internal) Corsair RM650x (650W, internal) Corsair RM750i (750W, internal) Super Flower Leadex Gold (750W, internal)
Chassis Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5 NZXT S340 Corsair Graphite Series 760T Corsair Carbide Series 400Q with Noctua Redux fans Corsair Crystal Series 570X RGB NZXT Noctis 450
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 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) Two years (90-day collect-and-return, two-year parts, lifetime labour)
Date Reviewed May 2016 February 2017 September 2016 June 2016 January 2017 September 2015
Cost As Reviewed £2,299 £1,300 £6,500 £1,770 £3,000 £1,850

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.