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Review: Scan 3XS Z87 Hadron Hydro

by Parm Mann on 31 March 2014, 15:00


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Test Methodology

Comparison Systems

System Name Asus ET2321INTH Gigabyte Brix Pro Intel NUC D54250WYK PC Specialist Vanquish Mini 130 Scan 3XS Z87 Hadron Hydro
Overclocked No No No No Yes
Processor Intel Core i7-4500U @ 3.0GHz Intel Core i7-4770R @ 3.9GHz Intel Core i5-4250U @ 2.6GHz Intel Core i3-4130 @ 3.4GHz Intel Core i7-4770K @ 4.2GHz
Cooler Asus ET2321 Reference Gigabyte Brix Pro Reference Intel NUC Reference Intel Reference Custom EVGA liquid cooling
Motherboard Asus ET2321 Reference Gigabyte M4HM87P NUC QS87 reference Asus H81I-Plus EVGA Z87 Stinger
Memory Generic 8GB DDR3 (2x4GB) G.Skill 8GB DDR3 (2x4GB) (added) Corsair 8GB DDR3 (2x4GB) (added) Kingston Hyper-X Genesis 8GB DDR3 (2x4GB) Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB DDR3 (2x8GB)
Memory Speed 11-11-11-28-1T @ 1,600MHz 11-11-11-28-1T @ 1,600MHz 11-13-13-30-2T @ 1,600MHz 11-11-11-28-1T @ 1,600MHz 11-11-11-27-2T @ 2,133MHz
Integrated Graphics Intel HD 4400 Intel Iris Pro 5200 Intel HD 5000 - -
Discrete Graphics Nvidia GeForce GT 740M - - Palit GeForce GTX 660 2GB EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Superclocked
Sound Card Onboard audio Onboard audio Onboard audio Onboard audio Onboard audio
Storage 2TB Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 HDD 180GB Intel mSATA SSD (added) 128GB Plextor M5M mSATA SSD (added) 1TB Toshiba HDD 500GB Samsung Evo SSD
Optical Drive Blu-ray Combo Drive - - Lite-On DVD Writer Slot-loading DVD Writer
PSU Asus (90W, external) Gigabyte (135W, external) Intel NUC (65W, external) Corsair VS 450 (450W) EVGA 1U PSU (500W)
Chassis Asus ET2321 AIO Gigabyte Brix Pro Intel NUC Cooler Master Elite 130 EVGA Hadron Hydro
Operating System Windows 8.1 (64-bit) Windows 8.1 (64-bit, added) Windows 8.1 (64-bit, added) Windows 8.1 (64-bit) Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
Standard Warranty Two years Two years Two years Three years (one-year 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)
Approx. System Cost £1,200 £750 £450 £550 £1,949

CPU 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.

System and Gaming Benchmarks

PCMark 8 System-wide examination that uses the Home preset, run with OpenCL acceleration.
3DMark DX11, run at the Firestrike default test.
Aliens vs. Predator 1,920x1,080 resolution, 2xAA, 4xAF, medium quality.
Miscellaneous Benchmarks
Power Consumption Noted for system idling, under HandBrake video-transcoding load, and for GPU playing Aliens vs. Predator.
Temperature Noted for CPU idling, under HandBrake video-transcoding load, and for GPU playing Aliens vs. Predator.


Scan's 3XS Z87 Hadron Hydro is the first overclocked gaming rig to enter the HEXUS labs since the introduction of our new test suite. We're including benchmark results from a selection of much cheaper small-form-factor PCs, though do bear in mind they are only a point of reference and cannot be compared directly.

Other gaming rigs will be added to the line-up in due course, but for now we're only interested in seeing what sort of numbers the 3XS Z87 Hadron Hydro can achieve.