Scan 3XS Vengeance GTX680 Z68 OC System Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Scan 3XS Vengeance 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.

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Most Recent Comments

22-03-2012, 20:28:56

A good quality system but I would expect a more powerful Cpu Cooler, Say a H100 and a PSU of at least 750 wattsQuote

22-03-2012, 21:06:17

actuallythe 650 is more than enough to power the given parts. It doesn't allow for much headroom but for a pre-built system this looks to be very very decent.Quote

22-03-2012, 21:14:48

Originally Posted by MutleyUK View Post

A good quality system but I would expect a more powerful Cpu Cooler, Say a H100 and a PSU of at least 750 watts
The CPU cooler is plenty powerful enough even with this big overclock. Equally the power draw of the GTX680 is so low that 650W is also more than you need.

Sure you couldn't go SLI without the upgrade, but if you're planning on that then you can configure it before purchase.Quote

22-03-2012, 22:31:29

The cable management on the back is amazing but the cables on the front could be put round the back for a tighter look IMO; however, compared to most pre-built systems I have seen, this is one of the best for cable management.Quote

23-03-2012, 02:26:02

At first I was stocked to see 650Watt PSU, abut after reading whole review, I would say, not bad.Quote

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