Scan 3XS Vengeance GTX680 Z68 OC System Review

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Scan 3XS Vengeance Z68 OC System Review

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The heart of the Vengeance Z68 OC is the Intel i7-2700K and the ASUS P8Z68V Gen3. Although it might not have the immediate name recognition of something like the Maximus, the quality of the Intel Z68 Chipset is such that it's more than adequate.

Powering the system is the Corsair TX650M, a modular PSU which, with the excellent power efficiency of the GTX680, is more than enough to power the whole of the system.

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Keeping everything cool is a Corsair H80 with push/pull fans making sure that the 4.7GHz overclock doesn't get too warm. Just to the right of the hoses you can see the 16GB of Corsair Vengeance RAM. What else would you expect to find in a system called Vengeance?

Storage is handled by a Corsair Force 3 120GB SSD which handles the OS side of things, with enough room leftover for some apps and games. If you need even larger amounts of storage then a 2TB Seagate Barracuda helps meet even the most demanding user, as well as being very speedy thanks to the SATA 6Gbp/s interface. The drives are mounted as high as possible in the Corsair 650D to make the most of the airflow available from the front intake fan.

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Of course the main event in any system is the graphics card, and the Vengeance Z68 OC is no exception thanks to an EVGA GTX680. Bask in its magnificence. Just below that is the ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 soundcard. No matter how good onboard sound has got in recent years there is no replacement for a genuine soundcard.

Round the front we have an e-SATA connector on the top of the 650D, and behind a flap hidden above the LG Blu-Ray optical are the always useful USB ports as well as front audio and a Firewire port. Anyone who has an older case where you're stuck fumbling around the back to make the most of your USB 3.0 stick will appreciate this (that'll be me then).

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At the rear we have all we'd expect to find on a modern system. The twin-DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort outputs from the GTX680 as well as the audio jacks from the Xonar DG. The ASUS P8Z68V Gen3 gives us an array of USB ports alongside IGP outputs and the like.

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Most Recent Comments

22-03-2012, 20:28:56

MutleyUK
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

S_I_N
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

VonBlade
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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

SPS
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

d6bmg
At first I was stocked to see 650Watt PSU, abut after reading whole review, I would say, not bad.Quote
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