Scan 3XS Vengeance GTX680 Z68 OC System Review
As I'm sure you saw with yesterday's review, the GTX680 is upon us and every bit as powerful as we hoped. The question on a lot of peoples lips is whether it's worth the upgrade, and if their current system is up to the task. After all, gradually drip-feeding your system new parts is fairly cost-effective but eventually you reach the point when it's a lot cheaper to just scrap and start afresh. Or, more likely, you're one of those people who hasn't got the time, or desire, to buy a load of parts and deal with building your system, possible RMA dead parts, endless tweaking to get the best overclock, cable tidying etc etc. It's probably fair to say that all of us started our hardware lives off with an 'off the peg' model.
To call the Scan 3XS Systems range of PCs 'off the peg' is quite wide of the mark. Of course they do sell a host of PCs for general use but it's their high-end gaming range that have always captured the imagination thanks to a great choice of parts and outstanding build quality and after sales support. So often companies sell a 'gaming' PC but cut many corners and leave you with a rig that has the heart of something good, but is let down by a raft of stuff you don't need or would prefer to upgrade.
Today's review is looking at a system that has everything you could hope for in a system with, and we'll cover this as we go, no extraneous parts of bizarre choices.
So what exactly are the specifications of the Vengeance Z68 OC?
Case : Corsair Obsidian 650D
PSU : Corsair TX 650 Modular
Motherboard : Asus P8Z68-V Gen 3.0
CPU : Intel Core i7 2700K @ 4.7Ghz
Memory : 16GB (2x8GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance RAM 1600Mhz
GPU : 2GB EVGA GTX 680, 1006Mhz GPU, 1536 Cores, 6000MHz GDDR5
SSD : 120 GB Corsair Force 3
HDD : 2TB Seagate Barracuda, SATA 6Gb/s, 7200rpm, 64MB Cache
CPU Cooler : Corsair H80 Hydro Water Cooler
Optical : LG BH10LS38 Blu-ray & DVD, Reader & Writer
Soundcard : Asus Xonar DG 5.1 PCI Sound Card & Headphone Amplifier
OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP1 Operating System
Other : Back Up Software (Optional) Acronis® True Image Home 2012 HDD Backup & Restore Software
As always with Scan 3XS Systems you have a system image on a hidden partition so you can take your rig back to factory fresh if you desire along with a 2 year warranty (1 year on-site, 1 year return to base) and the system delivered and set-up by the 3XS delivery team should you so desire.
Let's take a rather lengthy look at the system itself.