Scan http://www.stuff.tv/taxonomy/term/606/0 en-GB Scan 3XS Z77 FT03 Nanu - Custom Series http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia/scan-3xs-z77-ft03-nanu-custom-series/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don&#039;t let that £2000+ price tag put you off, there&#039;s treasure inside this Scan PC in the form of Nvidia&#039;s monstrous GTX Titan graphics card </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/scan-3XS-Z77-FT03-Nanu-review-4.png?1373643039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/henrywinchester" title="View user profile.">henrywinchester</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-ps4-hands-review/news">Sony’s PlayStation 4</a> looming on the horizon and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alienware/alienware-x51/review">Alienware’s console-like X51 PC</a> making&nbsp;a play for the living room, it’s somewhat reassuring to get our hands on a proper computer such&nbsp;as Scan’s 3XS Z77 FT03 Nanu - even if it is of a diminutive form factor.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £2,120.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Silverstone’s FT03-Mini case is host to all Scan’s bits and bobs, and its probably the smallest&nbsp;case you could fit such a huge graphics card in. It’s like a normal case bisected vertically, and&nbsp;its small footprint means it’ll happily sit atop a desk. Three of the anodized aluminium side&nbsp;panels pop off without the need for a screwdriver, but it’s let down by a plasticky grill on top,&nbsp;which makes it look like something you’d use for transporting chickens.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hardware </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Naturally, such a small computer requires a mini-ITX motherboard: in this case (literally) it’s an Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe, which is titchy but doesn’t include PCI Express slots for adding in a soundcard.</p> <p>Our sample also came with 16GB of Corsair Vengeance RAM, an Intel Core i5 processor, and, of course, the whopping Nvidia Titan graphics card. Scan’s PCs are infinitesimally customisable via its website, so you can pick and choose components to fit your budget or requirements.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/scan-3XS-Z77-FT03-Nanu-review-1.png?1373643039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/scan-3XS-Z77-FT03-Nanu-review-3.png?1373643039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Storage </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A speedy 240GB Corsair Force Series SSD is provided with Windows 7 Professional preinstalled, and it’s just right for installing a few games. It’s backed up with a 2TB hard drive for everything else. A minor niggle is that it can only be provided with a slot-loading DVD rewriter - had it included a Blu-Ray drive its small size would make it an ideal media centre.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gaming performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The GTX Titan powers games on the Nanu, and it’s a truly astonishing card. It handled everything we threw at it without so much as breaking a sweat - Metro 2033’s notoriously harsh benchmark averaged a smooth 47 frames per second, and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/batman-arkham-city/review">Batman: Arkham City’s </a>ludicrously detailed titular city managed 53 frames per second. Both had the detail turned all the way up and the resolution set to 1920 x 1080.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/scan-3XS-Z77-FT03-Nanu-review-5.png?1373643039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/scan-3XS-Z77-FT03-Nanu-review-6.png?1373643039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Titan-added extras </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Thanks to Nvidia and AMD’s ongoing battle for graphics supremacy, there’s a wealth of extra features included with the GTX Titan. Nvidia’s 3D Vision is supported, and Scan will chuck in a 27-inch Acer monitor and 3D glasses for £358. You can also attach up to three monitors at once via a combination of two DVI, one HDMI and one Displayport output.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nvidia-titan-review-press.png?1373643039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Noise and heat </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A worry with such a small case is that the tightly-packed components will turn it into a hugely expensive and noisy oven. Thankfully it’s well thought-through, and essentially turns all the components 90-degrees so heat flows upwards rather than sideways. It’s whisper-quiet, too, but our sample unit developed a rather annoying and completely untraceable click every 10 seconds or so.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/henrywinchester" title="View user profile.">henrywinchester</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The GTX Titan adds a humongous £750 to the Nanu’s price tag, and it can be picked up without a PC for £885. It is extremely pricey, especially when the next card down Nvidia’s pecking list - the GTX 680 - goes for less than half the price. Yes, the Titan performs a little better, but unless you’re the most enthusiastic of enthusiasts we can’t imagine justifying spending so much more.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/scan-3XS-Z77-FT03-Nanu-review-2.png?1373643039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Scan has put together a little PC capable of great things thanks to the Nvidia Titan, but we don’t quite think it’s worth its £2000-plus asking price. Drop the Titan and you can pick it up for about a grand, which is much more reasonable. We’d love to be able to tell you to wait six months for the Titan to come down in price, but rumour has it Nvidia’s going to keep the price high for the foreseeable future.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/scan-3XS-Z77-FT03-Nanu-review-5_0.png?1373643039" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Scan’s educated choice of components and decent build quality make this a hugely punchy little&nbsp;PC, but the high price means we’d give the Titan a miss for now</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia/scan-3xs-z77-ft03-nanu-custom-series/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia/scan-3xs-z77-ft03-nanu-custom-series/review#comments Nvidia Scan Wed, 29 May 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Sophie Charara 1424807 at http://www.stuff.tv Scan 3XS Carbon SLI http://www.stuff.tv/scan-3xs-carbon-sli/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There’s no doubt Scan’s 3XS Carbon SLI is a beast, but can it justify that monstrous price tag? We hover over the buy button while weighing it up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Scan3XS-main-new_2.jpg?1364298435" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £3,700.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scan 3XS Carbon SLI – overview </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ever stopped to wonder what the best part of £4000 will buy you in PC terms? Well now you’ve got your answer: Scan's latest boutique build is a majestic giant of a computer that's tricked out with the latest and greatest components on offer. But as even budget machines are competent gamers these days, is there any point to these excruciatingly expensive PCs any more?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/scan-3xs-carbon-sli-front.jpg?1364298435" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scan 3XS Carbon SLI – processor and motherboard </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The six-core processor at the heart of the 3XS Carbon SLI is mighty indeed. It's been overclocked by Scan technicians to a massive 4.5GHz and is fed by 16GB of quad-channel RAM; left to its own devices it could probably work out a cure for cancer. The problem is that that sort of number crunching needs a lot of cooling, and even when idle the 3XS is quite an audible machine.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/scan-3xs-carbon-sli-top.jpg?1364298435" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scan 3XS Carbon SLI – graphics hardware </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 3D rendering is carried out by four of NVIDIA's awesome GK104 chips, arranged in an esoteric set-up known as 'quad SLI'. That gives it more than 11 teraflops of computing power through the graphics cards alone, which can be applied to video editing, photo manipulation or making the internet currency Bitcoins, if you so wish. Make no mistake, though, it's games that this machine was designed for – and it's around three times faster than the 'average' PC. That makes it perfect for playing on three large screens wrapped around your desk for truly immersive worlds.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/scan-3xs-carbon-sli-graphics.jpg?1364298435" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scan 3XS Carbon SLI – gaming performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 3XS Carbon SLI will run Battlefield 3 on a 30in screen at 2560x1600 with every setting maxed out and still beat 100 frames per second. To put that in perspective, a more affordable machine like the <a href="/review/wired2fire-hellspawn-ultima">Wired2Fire Hellspawn Ultima we reviewed recently</a> will net you just 50fps on a display with half as many pixels (1920x1080). The snag is, of course, that there's not a lot perceivable difference between a steady 50fps and 100fps to the human eye.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/scan-3xs-carbon-sli-grille.jpg?1364298435" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scan 3XS Carbon SLI – design and case </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Silverstone Fortress case that houses the 3XS Carbon SLI is a tried and tested favourite. At half a metre high and even more in length, it dwarfs most other PCs when stood beside them, but its near featureless chassis gives it a dignified rather than overbearing presence.</p> <p>Size isn't why we love it, though: the motherboard is rotated 90 degrees to the usual layout, so all of the 'rear' ports point upwards for easy access, which is a stroke of genius. There's a removable mesh lid to stop snaking cables from interrupting its looks.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/scan-3xs-carbon-sli-ports.jpg?1364298435" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scan 3XS Carbon SLI – audio </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Special mention should be made of the audio abilities of the 3XS Carbon SLI, which are provided by a high-end Xonar Essence STX sound card. Designed for hi-fi enthusiasts, it's kitted out with removable op-amps, Burr-Brown DACs and a separate headphone amp for driving high impedance cans. In other words, it doesn't just look good, it sounds it too. Shame the case fans are so noisy, then.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/scan-3xs-carbon-sli-case.jpg?1364298435" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scan 3XS Carbon SLI – verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you're after a PC that both looks and performs like the fastest computer in the world, then this is it. You can't physically buy better. The problem is that if you're only gaming on one 1920x1080 screen there's little practical benefit to the 3XS Carbon SLI over something more sensible that's a quarter of the price. To make the most of this, you'll need three screens for surround gaming and a state-of-the-art sound system – but if you can afford the Carbon SLI, you've probably already got that, haven't you?</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Scan 3XS is ludicrously fast and beautifully built, but you can buy almost as quick for a lot, lot less</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/scan-3xs-carbon-sli </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/scan-3xs-carbon-sli/review#comments 3XS Carbon SLI Desktops Scan Thu, 14 Jun 2012 12:14:16 +0000 Paddy Smith 421570 at http://www.stuff.tv Scan 3XS Black Widow Xtreme http://www.stuff.tv/scan/scan-3xs-black-widow-xtreme/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> About as insanely powerful as a computer gets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="570" height="650" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/scan-3xs-main_2.jpg?1364298551" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="438" height="472" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/scan-3xs-2_2.jpg?1364298551" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There’s a rapidly diminishing law of returns when it comes to highend PC kit, in that performance gets exponentially more expensive for every extra frame you desire. But if you’re not restricted by a budget, check out this monster. Every component in Scan’s supercomputer is the best, and the customised case and lights add to the total cost too. 3D is provided by three water-cooled Nvidia GeForce 285 graphics cards to future-proof its gaming prowess for as long as possible.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £4,920.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>About as insanely powerful as a computer gets</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/scan-3xs-black-widow-xtreme </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/scan/scan-3xs-black-widow-xtreme/review#comments 3XS Black Widow Xtreme Desktops Scan Sun, 10 Jul 2011 11:58:47 +0000 Tony Horgan 421111 at http://www.stuff.tv Scan 3XS Chameleon C http://www.stuff.tv/scan/scan-3xs-chameleon-c/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scan’s 3XS semi-bespoke PCs are visually arresting, high-performance and have top customer service. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="1341" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Scan3XSchameleonC_0.jpg?1364300808" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="204" height="135" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/67400032fth_0.jpg?1364300808" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Scan hasn’t tried to compete with the Dells and HPs of this world and has instead launched the 3XS brand, concentrating on high-performance, semi-bespoke PCs that major on customer service – something the mega-corps struggle with.</p> <p>What not to wear</p> <p>Desktops PCs generally have an image problem. Off the shelf, they’re plastic and dull, whereas custom- or hand-built PCs are imposing and ugly. </p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £3,790.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bespoke innards in a package that employs heat-sensitive paint, cartoon chameleon vent cut-out and reptilian footprint transfers to get attention. This is one desktop PC you wouldn’t be afraid to show off </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/scan-3xs-chameleon-c </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/scan/scan-3xs-chameleon-c/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/scan/scan-3xs-chameleon-c/review#comments 3XS Chameleon C Desktops Scan Thu, 21 Sep 2006 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 2034 at http://www.stuff.tv