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Review: Scan 3XS Nanu Gamer

by Tarinder Sandhu on 28 November 2013, 10:00


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... The Scan 3XS Nanu Gamer is a PC born of this idea. Taking in a GeForce GTX 760 card and Core i5-4670 CPU, performance is decent for the £799 outlay.

A move to smaller form factor PCs makes a lot of sense for mainstream users. Cooler and quieter graphics cards and ever-more integrated CPUs enable system integrators to offer machines that provide bags of performance yet can be placed on the desk.

Nvidia is looking to take advantage of the benefits present in SFF systems by encouraging integrators to build GeForce-centric PCs that focus on energy efficiency. The Scan 3XS Nanu Gamer is a PC born of this idea. Taking in a GeForce GTX 760 card and Core i5-4670 CPU, performance is decent for the £799 outlay.

We'd probably change the 2TB hybrid drive to a fully-fledged SSD, improve upon the graphics with the Superclocked version of the EVGA card, and cough up the extra £30 or so for a better-looking Fractal Node 304 - as found on the Titan version of a Scan SFF system. But personal preferences aside, the 3XS Nanu Gamer is a well-integrated system that can play the latest games at a full-HD resolution... all without making a fuss and taking up too much room.

The Good

Quiet under load
Solid graphics card
Good warranty

The Bad

CPU and GPU not overclocked


Scan 3XS Nanu Gamer


The reviewed system is available to purchase from Scan Computers*.


At HEXUS, we invite the companies whose products we test to comment on our articles. If any company representatives for the products reviewed choose to respond, we'll publish their commentary here verbatim.

[28/11/2013] Scan issued the following right2reply:

Thanks for the review today. Unfortunately we didn’t have any overclocked GTX 760 cards available when we sent the machine to be reviewed by HEXUS. However, we have now got some more cards in.

We’re therefore pleased to announce that HEXUS readers will be now able to order the 3XS Nanu Gamer with an overclocked EVGA GTX 760, without paying a penny more.

This card has the same quiet ACX cooler as in the review sample, but the GPU is overclocked from 980 to 1072MHz, giving a better frame rate in all games.

*UK-based HEXUS community members are eligible for free delivery and priority customer service through the forum.

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Quite like the look of this, could be in the market for something along these lines. Doesn't seem to be any expansion option, but not sure.
There doesn't appear to be any wi-fi, which would be good if you want to move it around, and I can't see room for a soundcard, which would be nice.
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There's also an error with storage:
I like desktop towers being the size they are for future expandability, not to mention having room to dissipate heat, I really dislike the look of components all cramped together.
SFF Gaming rigs arn't new so why HeXus get the idea i don't know; i use to rock upto lans with Shuttle SFF rigs 10yr ago >_<

Why anyone would pay a premium for the bits in this i don't know - 80 quid to upgrade to a SSD; erm i think not. If i could be bothed i would look at what each part cost and add that into the shopping cart but i have better things to do.

I moved away from SFF rigs due to the size constraints on the psu etc and am happy with the ‘midi’ cases setups that we are getting now.