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Scan 3XS Z77 FT03 Nanu review

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Price when reviewed : £1278
inc VAT

If you want a gaming powerhouse that’ll fit your sitting room as well as a console, this PC’s for you


4.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K, 8GB RAM, N/A display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Compact gaming systems are increasing in popularity, probably because the ubiquitous games consoles – the Xbox 360 and PS3 – are starting to show their age when it comes to graphics and power. If you have the money then a compact PC such as the Scan 3XS Z77 FT03 Nanu could be the ideal sitting room gaming system if your Xbox no longer fulfils your needs.

Scan 3XS Z77 Sniper FT03 Nanu

It’s an incredibly tightly designed computer, both in terms of tidy construction and in terms of the sheer quantity of top-notch hardware that Scan has crammed in to it. The processor is water cooled, which means that the PC’s operating sound, although noticeable, is a soft and low hum rather than the sometimes shrill whine of comparable air-cooled systems, although there are a couple of low-noise fans in there, too. It’s even quieter when the sides are on, but this is never going to be a silent PC.

Scan 3XS Z77 Sniper FT03 Nanu

That’s hardly surprising when you consider the overclocked Intel Core i5-3570K processor, which runs at 4.4GHz, and whopping great overclocked EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti with 2GB of memory that are stuffed inside this little tower. The performance generated by all this hardware is certainly impressive. In our application benchmarks, the Nanu scored 142 overall, putting it among the most powerful overclocked Ivy Bridge systems we’ve seen. It can also more than hold its own against the most power-hungry 3D games, producing maximum quality frame rates of 79fps in Dirt 3 and 39fps in Crysis 2. You won’t have any trouble running the very latest titles at their highest settings for quite some time. The graphics card has two DVI ports, an HDMI port and a DisplayPort, and you can connect monitors to them simultaneously.

Scan 3XS Z77 Sniper FT03 Nanu

There’s no room on the tiny Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe Mini ITX motherboard for any other expansion cards, and they probably wouldn’t fit in the case even if there were. There are only two memory slots, each occupied by a 4GB module of 1,600MHz DDR3 RAM, and four SATA ports. Two of these are SATA3. They’re hooked up to the hard disks: a 120GB SSD and a 2TB HDD. The SSD system drive ensures fast boot speeds and blistering read/write access for critical applications. Although Windows 7 isn’t generally as quick to boot as Windows 8, it’s currently the more stable version for gaming, simply by dint of having been more extensively tested with all the games and drivers you’re likely to need.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor Intel Core i5-3570K
Processor external bus 100MHz (DMI)
Processor multiplier x44
Processor clock speed 4.4GHz
Processor socket LGA1155
Memory 8
Memory type PC3-12800
Maximum memory 16GB
Motherboard Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe
Motherboard chipset Intel Z77


USB2 ports (front/rear) 10/0
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 2/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11n

Internal Expansion

Case mini PC
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 0 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports 1
Free memory slots 0
Free 3.5in drive bays 2

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Corsair Force 3 120GB SSD + Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001-1CH164
Interface SATA3 + SATA2
Total storage capacity 2,120GB


Graphics card(s) 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti
Graphics/video ports 2x DVI , HDMI, DisplayPort


Sound Realtek ALC898
Sound outputs 5.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out, line out, mic in
Speakers none

Removable Drives

Supported memory cards none
Optical drive type(s) BD-ROM, DVD+/-RW +/-DL


Screen model none
Native resolution N/A
Screen inputs N/A

Other Hardware

Keyboard none
Mouse none


Software included none
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty three years RTB (first year collect and return)
Price £1,278

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