Scan 3XS OC-GTS Gaming PC Review - Scan 3XS OC-GTS Review


Opening the front door of the case reveals four 5.25in and two 3.5in drive bays. One of the 3.5in bays is occupied by a floppy drive, which is something of an unusual site these days. Surprisingly, only one of the 5.25in bays is filled – there’s a Samsing WriteMaster SH-S182M DVD writer installed. I have to say that I would expect two optical drives in a system like this, especially when there are so many free bays. That said, Scan customers can configure a PC any way they like when they order, so I guess you can have any combination you’d like.

The CoolerMaster case comes equipped with an Alphacool water cooling unit built into it. The radiator is built into the top of the case and is cooled by two 120mm fans blowing across it and out through the top of the case. The pump is mounted at the base of the case, next to the drive bays. Power comes courtesy of a Molex connector from the PSU – there is an external power socket too, but Scan hasn’t used this, instead opting for a completely self contained solution.

In the review configuration the Alphacool is only hooked up to the CPU, but this system can be configured to cool graphics cards too. If I were considering a machine like this, I’d definitely slap water blocks on the CPU and graphics card, thus reducing the noise level – not that this machine is particularly noisy, but it could be quieter with a bit more thought.

The water cooling is definitely doing an efficient job because Scan has managed to overclock the CPU significantly. There’s a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 sitting in the Abit Fatality motherboard, but Scan has got it running at an impressive 3GHz, and even more impressively, the system remained rock solid.

There’s a side panel in the CoolerMaster case, but it’s clearly designed for an air-cooled configuration as there’s a fan vent mounted in it. This is something of a shame, since it spoils the overall aesthetics of the machine. Scan has also mounted two fluorescent tube lights inside the case. The bottom tube is mounted below the window and emits a cool blue glow from the base of the system upwards, but the top tube is mounted in the window and thus loses the glow effect, instead creating quite a harsh light.

The reason that Scan has had to mount the second light in the window is that the brace bar for the case is mounted quite low down. The result is that the top of the window looks quite messy, especially with the three cable ties holding errant cables and the fluorescent tube in place. If the case window had been made slightly smaller, it would have hidden the brace bar, and allowed Scan to mount the top light out of sight for a more ambient effect.

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