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Scan 3XS VI4000 Viz review

A well balanced workstation that’s great for the price

Price
£2,083
  • Good performance for the price; Excellent modelling capabilities
  • No USB 3.1 Gen 2; Slow HDD

Scan recently scored our top accolade for one of its more expensive models, and while it can't repeat that success with its lower-priced entry it epitomises the specification you would expect for around 2,500 inc VAT. Naturally, at this price, Scan opts for the more consumer-oriented Intel Core i7, but still includes the pinnacle of the recently released eighth generation, the 8700K.

Scan has been reasonably aggressive with the clock of its 8700K, although not as much as some rivals. This six-core processor has been set to 4.8GHz, giving a welcome boost over the 3.7GHz nominal rating. The processor is partnered with 32GB of 3,000MHz DDR4 SDRAM, supplied as two DIMMs and leaving two memory slots free for upgrades.

Graphics is standard for a 3D-oriented mid-range workstation, coming in the shape of Nvidia's Quadro P4000. With 1,792 CUDA cores and 8GB of GDDR5 memory offering 243GB/sec bandwidth, there's plenty of modelling acceleration power on offer.

Scan also opts for the usual combination of SSD and hard drive, with a 512GB Samsung 960 Pro NVMe M.2 unit partnered by a 2TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 SATA drive. The SSD is extremely nippy, offering 3.2GB/sec reading and 2GB/sec writing, but the hard disk is a slower performer, with just 186MB/sec reading and writing.

The VI4000 performs as expected. The overall score of 278 in the IT Pro benchmarks isn't as fast as more expensively-outfitted models, but still quick compared to most PCs. Likewise, the Maxon Cinebench 15 rendering score of 1,559 is excellent on a grand scale but low amongst the competition, as is the Blender render duration of 2,236 seconds. Adobe Media Encoder scores are on par with other systems using the 8700K processor.

This system's biggest strength is its modelling, with very good Maxon Cinebench 15 OpenGL and SPECviewperf 12.1 scores. The particularly impressive SolidWorks, Catia and Siemens NX results make this workstation highly suited to product and engineering design.

Overall, the Scan 3XS VI4000 Viz is a competent system for the money. It holds no major surprises, but the only weakness is the lack of USB 3.1 Gen 2 on the motherboard. Other than that, this is a solidly designed and balanced workstation.

Verdict

This system’s biggest strength is its modelling, with very good Maxon Cinebench 15 OpenGL and SPECviewperf 12.1 scores. The particularly impressive SolidWorks, Catia and Siemens NX results make this workstation highly suited to product and engineering design.

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