Scan 3XS Z77 FT03 Nanu review

21 Sep 2012

An excellent build and strong performance make for a system that's better value for money than its rivals

Price when reviewed: 
1,314(£1,314 inc VAT)
5

We're all for innovation when it comes to desktop PCs, so we're pleased that Scan has stepped outside of the box with its 3XS Z77 FT03 Nanu. The key component of this machine is SilverStone's FT03-Mini - a mini-ITX chassis that's strong, stylish and looks good.

It's a miniature version of the FT03, which we've seen a few times before and, while its dimensions have shrunk, there's still plenty to like. It's clad entirely in tactile, brushed-metal panels, with a small logo and ports beneath a plastic lattice at the top, and the build quality is admirable. The panels snap off with an easy tug but the entire case feels durable.

Scan 3XS Z77 FT03 Nanu

Crucially, this small-form-factor system is also much more compact than its nearest rival. Both the Overclockers Titan Prodigy Arctic and the Scan system are around 400mm tall, but the Scan is 189mm wide and 235mm deep - much smaller than the 250mm wide, 340mm deep Overclockers PC.

That doesn't leave much room inside, but the combination of SilverStone's intelligent design and Scan's fastidious build quality pays off handsomely. The motherboard is attached to a side panel - the only panel that can't be removed - and components are expertly slotted around the Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe motherboard. The graphics card occupies one side, and the slot-loading Blu-ray reader, hard disk and SSD are arranged vertically at the front of the case.

Scan 3XS Z77 FT03 Nanu

A small SilverStone power supply is screwed into the top of the case, with cables running through the middle of the machine. Cooling comes from a Corsair H60 water-cooling unit, which Scan has squeezed into the bottom of the chassis. Underneath this unit is the only fan in the whole enclosure - a 140mm unit that clips out of the enclosure for easy cleaning.

It's a remarkable amount of hardware to cram into such a small space, but it has a caveat. Upgrade room is practically non-existent, with only one 2.5in drive bay vacant, and the motherboard's single PCI Express x16 slot and two memory sockets are both occupied.

Details

Price ex VAT £1,095
Price inc VAT £1,314
Overall rating 5
Performance 5
Features & Design 5
Value for Money 5

Warranty

Warranty 3 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 4.40GHz
Processor socket LGA 1155
HSF (heatsink-fan) Corsair H60

Motherboard

Motherboard Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe
Motherboard chipset Intel Z77
Conventional PCI slots free 0
Conventional PCI slots total 0
PCI-E x16 slots free 0
PCI-E x16 slots total 1
PCI-E x1 slots free 0
PCI-E x1 slots total 0
Internal SATA connectors 4
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR3
Memory sockets free 0
Memory sockets total 2

Graphics card

Graphics card Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting High
Graphics chipset Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti
Graphics card RAM 1.00GB
DVI-I outputs 2
HDMI outputs 1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 1
Number of graphics cards 1

Hard disk

Hard disk Corsair Force 3 SSD
Capacity 120GB
Hard disk usable capacity 111GB
Internal disk interface SATA 6Gbit/s
Hard disk 2 make and model Seagate Barracuda
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 Blu-ray reader/DVD writer combo

Additional Peripherals

Sound card Realtek HD Audio

Case

Chassis Silverstone FT03 Mini
Case format Small form-factor
Dimensions 189 x 397 x 235mm (WDH)

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 0

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 4
eSATA ports 2
PS/2 mouse port no
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 1
Modem no
3.5mm audio jacks 3

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 7

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 74W
Peak power consumption 254W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings 97fps
3D performance setting High
Overall Real World Benchmark score 1.12
Responsiveness score 1.05
Media score 1.19
Multitasking score 1.11