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Review: Scan 3XS Core i7 3930K Sandy Bridge Extreme PC

by Tarinder Sandhu on 14 November 2011, 09:18 4.0

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Comparison Systems

System name Scan 3XS SNB-E Chillblast Fusion Flash Scan 3XS GTK SLI HEXUS high-end self-build Scan 3XS Cyclone SLI
Processor Intel Core i7 3930K @ 4.5GHz Intel Core i5 2500K @ 4.8GHz Intel Core i5 2500K @ 4.7GHz Intel Core i7 980X @ 3.33GHz Intel Core i7 2600K @ 4.7GHz
Cooler Corsair Hydro Series 100 Corsair Air Series A70 Akasa Venom Intel DBX-B Be Quiet! Dark Rock PRO BK016
Motherboard MSI X79A-GD65-8D ASUS P8Z68-V LE ASUS P8P67 PRO ASUS P6X58D Premium Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4
Memory Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 Corsair XMS3 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 Corsair Dominator 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3
Memory timings and speed 9-9-9-24-2T @ 1,600MHz 9-9-9-24-2T @ 1,600MHz 9-9-9-24-2T @ 1,600MHz 8-8-8-20-1T @ 1,600MHz 9-9-9-24-2T @ 1,600MHz
Graphics card(s) ASUS GTX 560 Ti TOP 1GB
(x2 in SLI)
VTX3D Radeon HD 6970 2GB EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (x2 in SLI) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 EVGA GeForce GTX 580 (x2 in SLI)
Sound card ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Onboard high-definition audio Onboard high-definition audio Onboard high-definition audio Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional
Disk drive(s) 120GB Corsair Force GT SSD
1TB WD 10002FAEX HDD
120GB Corsair Force 3 SSD
1TB Samsung HD103SJ HDD
60GB OCZ Vertex 2E SSD
1TB Samsung F3 HDD
80GB Corsair Force F80 SSD
1TB Seagate 7200.12 HDD
120GB Corsair Force GT SSD (x2 in RAID 0)
1TB Western Digital Caviar Black HDD
2TB Western Digital Caviar Green HDD (x2 in RAID 1)
Optical drive(s) LG CH10LS20 Blu-ray writer Samsung Blu-ray drive / DVD writer Pioneer DVR-S19L DVD ReWriter Pioneer BDR-205BK Blu-ray writer LG BH10LS30 Blu-ray writer
PSU Corsair TX850M Corsair CX600 XFX 650W Corsair HX1000 Corsair AX850
Chassis Corsair Carbide 500R White Fractal Design Define R3 Lancool PC-K58 Corsair Obsidian 700D Corsair Special Edition White Graphite 600T
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Warranty Two years collect-and-return Two years collect-and-return Two years (hardware), return to base, parts and labour N/A Two years (hardware), return to base, parts and labour
Price (inc. VAT) £2,158 £1,134 £1,250 £1,850 £3,000

Benchmarks

Geekbench A cross-platform benchmark used to measure memory and processor performance.
Cinebench Using Cinebench's multi-CPU render, this cross-platform benchmark stresses as many cores as possible.
Aliens vs. Predator 1,920x1,080 resolution, 2xAA, 16xAF, very high quality.
Just Cause 2 1,920x1,080 resolution, 4xAA, 16x AF, very high quality.
3DMark Vantage Run at the 'high' preset.
Temperature Noted for CPU idling, under Prime95 all-core load, and for GPU playing Aliens vs. Predator.
Power consumption Noted for system idling, under Prime95 all-core load, and for GPU playing Aliens vs. Predator.
Noise A PCE-318 noise level meter is placed at the front of the chassis. Noted for system idling, under Prime95 all-core load, and for GPU playing Aliens vs. Predator.

Notes

Four comparison systems all offering something a little different. Going heavy on the graphics is the then-£3,000 Scan 3XS Cyclone, equipped with two GeForce GTX 580s. Making use of the excellent Core i5 2500K are the Chillblast Fusion Flash and Scan's own 3XS GTK SLI, and the latter has roughly equivalent graphics to today's SNB-E machine.

It's clear that a large part of the budget is chewed up by the new Core i7 Extreme/X79 chipset combination. It needs to be helluva fast to make sense over Core i5 2500K and Core i7 2600K machines.