Scan Value G35 review

16 Aug 2012

A fine all-round PC with a stylish case, the Scan is a worthy base unit even though it's not quite as quick as some rivals

Price when reviewed: 
1,032(£1,032 inc VAT)
5

It’s very easy for a bright white case to look cheaper than the usual black, as systems have demonstrated over the years, and that makes Scan’s choice of a white NZXT Source 210 chassis a bold move - but few could deny it has a certain appeal.

As usual, Scan’s attention to the build is immaculate. A black fabric covering helps the cables stand out against the white interior, and they’re routed in regimented lines. That’s if they’re even visible, with most hidden behind the motherboard tray, appearing only as they approach their relevant ports.

The six free hard disk bays and two larger 5.25in bays can be accessed without tools, although they’re not side-facing, and the MSI Z77A-G45 motherboard has two free PCI Express x16 slots. It’s an extremely quiet PC, too – as good as silent when idling and on a par with the Chillblast Fusion Thunderbird when stress tested. You’ll be hard-pressed to hear it during gameplay or movies.

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The interior isn’t without problems. The huge Thermalright HR-02 Macho heatsink dominates the top half of the case and hangs over one DIMM socket, and it also renders the top PCI Express x1 slot inaccessible.

Like the Chillblast, the processor is a Core i5-3570K, overclocked to 4.6GHz. The resulting benchmark score of 1.15 is a little behind the Chillblast's 1.18 – but in real terms, you’ll rarely notice any difference in most applications.

On to the graphics, and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 670 guided the Scan to a decent set of benchmark scores. An average of 70fps in Crysis is four frames better than the Chillblast, although the Fusion Thunderbird was marginally faster in Crysis 2, Just Cause 2 and DiRT 3. That means the Chillblast just edges is as a choice for gaming.

The 120GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD is a proven quantity when it comes to super-fast storage. and the 2TB Seagate Barracuda hard disk also proved quicker than most. It excelled when writing files: its 331.8MB/sec pace with large files is one of the best scores we've seen from a hard disk, and its 213.3MB/sec with small files is good too.

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The Scan is frugal with power and runs relatively cool. The processor hit a peak temperature of 82°C during our stress tests, and the graphics card’s peak of 79°C – while a little high – is nothing to worry about.

So the Scan’s performance is good, its build quality is solid, and we can find few things to fault. It also looks a little less garish than the Chillblast, which may be the deciding factor for some people.

Comparing the full package side by side, however, the Chillblast packs slightly more into its budget, and so by the thinnest of margins takes the crown here.

Details

Price ex VAT £860
Price inc VAT £1,032
Overall rating 5
Performance 5
Features & Design 5
Value for Money 5

Warranty

Warranty 1yr on-site, 1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 2,120GB
RAM capacity 8.00GB

Processor

CPU family Intel Core i5
CPU nominal frequency 3.40GHz
CPU overclocked frequency 4.60GHz
Processor socket LGA 1155
HSF (heatsink-fan) Thermalright HR-02 Macho

Motherboard

Motherboard MSI Z77A-G45
Motherboard chipset Intel Z77
Conventional PCI slots free 0
Conventional PCI slots total 0
PCI-E x16 slots free 1
PCI-E x16 slots total 3
PCI-E x1 slots free 3
PCI-E x1 slots total 4
Internal SATA connectors 6
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR3
Memory sockets free 2
Memory sockets total 4

Graphics card

Graphics card Nvidia GeForce GTX 670
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting Low
Graphics chipset Nvidia GeForce GTX 670
Graphics card RAM 2.00GB
DVI-I outputs 2
HDMI outputs 1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 1
Number of graphics cards 1

Hard disk

Hard disk OCZ Vertex 3
Capacity 120GB
Hard disk usable capacity 111GB
Internal disk interface SATA 6Gbit/s
Hard disk 2 make and model Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity 2,000GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity 1,810
Hard disk 2 spindle speed 7,200RPM
Hard disk 2 cache size 64MB

Drives

Optical disc technology DVD writer

Additional Peripherals

Sound card Asus Xonar DGX

Case

Chassis NZXT Source 210
Case format Full tower
Dimensions 195 x 495 x 440mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supply Corsair GS600
Power supply rating 600W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 2

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 4
PS/2 mouse port yes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 1
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 1

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 4

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 7

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 84W
Peak power consumption 326W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings 176fps
3D performance setting Low
Overall Real World Benchmark score 1.15
Responsiveness score 1.09
Media score 1.21
Multitasking score 1.15