Looking at the benchmark scores recorded by the 3XS P67 it is easy to forget that this is an entry-level machine. Setting records in our CAD, CAM and CAE benchmarks, it’s incredible that you can get these levels of compute performance from a £1,125 workstation.
In order to achieve this Scan has overclocked the Core i7-2600K to a whopping 4.5GHz. The Bolton-based manufacturer says it could go faster, even with air cooling, but stability is always the most important consideration in a professional workstation.
For 3D graphics Scan has opted for a less remarkable piece of hardware. The Nvidia Quadro 600 is an entry-level board, but should still give a good account of itself inside most CAD software.
Despite the entry-level price point of the 3XS P67, Scan has still managed to include a high-performance hard drive. The 120GB OCZ Solid State Drive (SSD) is used for operating system, applications and short term data and boasts respective read and write speeds of 285MB/s and 275MB/s. This is supplemented by a 1TB Western Digital mechanical drive for storage.
In terms of raw processing power the 3XS P67 re-writes the record books for entry-level workstations. It’s a hugely impressive machine, the only downside being its two year warranty instead of three.
Meanwhile to find out more on Sandy Bridge here’s our review
Intel ‘Sandy Bridge’
» Intel Core i7-2600K (3.40GHz – overclocked to 4.5GHz) Quad Core CPU
» 8GB (2x 4GB) PC3-12800 (1600) memory
» Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4 motherboard
» PNY Nvidia Quadro 600 (1GB) graphics card
» 120GB OCZ Vertex 2E 2.5” Sandforce SSD + 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black SATA
» Windows Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
» 1st year onsite warranty, 2nd year return to base
Graphics (frames per second – bigger is better)
» CAD (SolidWorks 2010) – 24
CPU (secs – smaller is better)
» CAD (SolidWorks 2010) – 202
» CAM (Delcam PowerMill 2010) – 1) 139 2) 215 3) 293
» CAE (SolidWorks Simulation 2010) – 81
» Rendering (3ds Max Design 2011) – 229
Intel Core i7-2600K (3.40GHz – overclocked to 4.5GHz) Quad Core CPU
8GB (2x 4GB) PC3-12800 (1600) memory
PNY Nvidia Quadro 600 (1GB)
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4 motherboard
120GB OCZ Vertex 2E 2.5” Sandforce SSD + 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black SATA
1st year onsite warranty, 2nd year return to base