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Scan code: LN105946 Manufacturer code: 3XSDMS390

Intel Core i9 10900K Doctor Mix Audio Workstation

3XS DMS490 Audio Workstation, Intel Core i9 10900K 64GB, 1TB M.2 OS, 2TB M2 Project, Win 10

Scan code: LN105946 Manufacturer code: 3XSDMS390
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3XS DMS490 - Doctor Mix Edition

The Doctor Mix mastering house (www.doctormix.com) has been working with Scan systems for a number of years now and during their last studio refresh came back for an all-new system to kit out the new room.

Looking to replace an ageing Intel-based machine whilst also looking for a well tested future-facing solution including great Thunderbolt support, we choose to work with the best value i9 to meet these requirements as it was the direct descendant of the old system chip and assured the best ongoing compatibility with the other hardware already to be found in the Doctor Mix studio. This specification has since been updated with the newest CPU model in order to reflect the current Intel range.

Fitted with 64GB of RAM and multiple large M.2's for the OS and Project work, the system is designed to be fast and responsive, helping to ensure that even the most complex of sessions should prove a breeze to work with. Everything is built into the be quiet! 601 case which itself ships with the companies own superb cooling fans and are amongst some of the best low noise cooling options available today when it comes to striking a balance between performance and maintaining the serenity in your studio.

The 3XS DMS490 - Doctor Mix Edition is pre-built and ready to ship for next-day delivery and comes with Windows 10 Home preinstalled and a premium 3-year warranty.

Cooling and Acoustic Management

Audio PC Components

Our audio system components are chosen based on performance, value and most importantly with the studio environment in mind, givng consideration to the overall noise levels generated by the system. We build with hardware from renowned firms such as “Fractal Design”, “be quiet!” & “Noctua” to ensure that our case and cooling options strike a balance between great performance and ensuring that you have the minimal distractions or interruptions to your workflow.

Processors to Power your PC

Audio PC CPU

The CPU choice for your system is another important decision for your recording setup, as this where your processing performance comes from when it comes to writing and recording music. Audio handling works on a buffer system where the data is captured in a regular cycle and passed over to the CPU to carry out the important work, meaning that as long as everything is processed before the next buffer fills up then everything great.

When the CPU fails to completely process all that data before the next buffer fills up, this is when we experience crackling in our audio signal. The general advice has always been that fast cores are important for audio work and to a degree this is very true, although once we have a number of chips running at roughly the same speed, then it switches to having more cores being better as that means that you can handle more channels overall.

Modern D.A.W software tends to be able to handle an ever growing number of cores with even the most basic of programs now being able to handle 12 cores (24 threads) and the vast majority of them can effectively manage 16 cores (32 threads) without issue. It is always worth checking what your D.A.W software of choice can handle effectively, as this will allow you to optimize best choice in matching your hardware to your software’s abilities.

Here in Scan we test and compare our available CPUs using the DAWBench testing suite, so we can understand the performance differences between these chips. You may not always need the highest performing machine in the range and for many smaller acts working largely with audio and perhaps only a few dozen channels may find one of our entry-level machines extremely effective for the task in hand.

The DAWBench DSP chart below shows the result of adding multiple instances of the SGA 1566 effect, stacked on a project until the audio starts to crackle as the CPU begins to overload. This gives us a baseline metric to compare the CPU’s against each other and a rough guide to how each system will compare against other solutions. We measure at a number of buffer settings using our RME Babyface so that you can see how it may handle in both low latency-recording situations, as well as more relaxed buffer settings that you might use whilst mixing.

The DAWBench DSP chart shows the result of adding multiple instances of the SGA 1566 effect stacked on a project until the audio starts to crackle as the CPU overloads. It gives us a baseline metric to compare the CPU’s against each other and a rough guide to how the system will compare against other solutions. We measure at a number of buffer settings using our RME Babyface so you can see how it may handle in both low latency-recording situations and more relaxed buffer settings you may use whilst mixing.

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Tried and Tested Memory

Audio PC memory

Physical RAM is a key consideration for any audio system and a crucial one for composers working with larger sound collections. The memory functions as the local buffer between your storage and CPU, offering a place for your session to hold recorded audio and sample content for playback quickly by the sequencer.

Having enough RAM is crucial and for users working with small band projects where audio is used more than large sample libraries then 16GB tends to be a reasonable starting point, although some of those more demanding users may benefit from working with 32GB. For users working “in the box” like dance music producers and users scoring music to film then 32GB might prove to be your starting point and we always aim to include enough slots to allow you to upgrade further if required.

The benefits of RAM speed vary between platforms, with each model of Intel chip having a recommended RAM speed that it works with and we find that there are no real benefit for audio production specifically to be obtained by exceeding these. AMD in contrast benefits from having its RAM closely matched to the internal bus and ensuring the timings are as tight as possible in order to allow the CPU to work at its very best.

With our pre-built systems, we choose the RAM with the knowledge above in mind and this will ensure that you get the very best from your system.

System Storage

Storage is a key concern for any modern composer or recording artist. Whilst storage drive sizes have grown exponentially over the years, traditional mechanical hard drives are quickly falling by the wayside for high performance machines. We use a number of different storage options for our systems and we always ensure that you have plenty of connections remaining in order that you may port over your own sample collection drives or expand your storage space as your needs grow.

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M.2M.2. NVMe drives are the fastest of the storage options that we offer, with high performance drives providing up to 3500MB/s read and write speeds, we often use these as your Windows OS and program installation drive. Secondary slower, larger capacity options are also offered, as they tend to offer great value for sound library storage and most modern mainboards can support 2 or 3 of these card options.

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SSDSolid state drives (SSD’s) share many the same benefits as M.2 drives in that they offer low latency and great access times when searching through your library, but they only max out at around 550MB/s read and write speeds. They do however offer better value on larger storage capacities with drives reaching up to 4TB in size, making this style of drive perfect for accessing and working with your sound collection.

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HDDClassic hard disk drives (HDD’s) remain the cheapest mass storage option for backing up and archiving data. Offering a maximum transfer speed of around 180MB/s and due to the nature of the moving read head found in the design of mechanical drives, the natural physical latency makes them the slowest choice for sound library streaming in comparison to newer designs. They do however offer unmatched prices on larger capacities and this makes them ideal for keeping backups and archival of your data.

Audio System Optimization

Audio PC Latency Test

All of our audio systems are optimized in both the BIOS and Windows itself in order to ensure you get the best from your system. The core of this optimization is dealing with DPC (Deferred Procedure Call) which is a measurement of how long it takes for your audio to gain access to and then fully process your ASIO audio buffer.

Windows itself allows up to a 1000μs (microseconds) for each driver to process a cycle, whereas audio requirements state that we need the entire stack of software to process in less than 1000μs. This means if we have 20 plus programs and drivers looking to run, then anything that is poorly implemented may cause us problems, possibly manifesting as an audio overloading causing audio to break-up far earlier than it otherwise should.

All of our audio systems receive extended testing before leaving the factory, specifically testing them for possibility of CPU overloading and ensuring that you have plenty of overhead for your projects.

Detailed Specifications

Component Description
Chassis be quiet! SILENT BASE 601
Motherboard ASUS PRIME Z490-A
Processor Intel Core i9 10900K Ten Core with HT - 3.70GHz (5.30Ghz Turbo)
CPU Cooler be quiet! Dark Rock PRO 4
Memory 64GB Corsair Vengeance LPX Black 2666MHz DDR4
Graphics Card Intel UHD Graphics 630
Power Supply 650W be quiet! Straight Power 11 - 80PLUS GOLD
System Drive 1TB Samsung 970 EVO PLUS M.2 NVMe SSD
Project Drive 2TB Intel 660p M.2 NVMe SSD
Storage Drive 1TB Seagate Barracuda HDD
Networking Intel LAN
Thunderbolt Thunderbolt3 EX
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64bit
Recovery Media Recovery USB drive with system image and diagnostic software
Warranty 3 Year Premium Warranty - 1st Year Onsite, 2nd & 3rd Year Return to Base (inc Parts & Labour)
Accessories 3XS Branded Corsair MM300 Mouse Pad, 3XS Mug & Cable Tie

WHY BUY BUILT?

Professionally Built PCs vs Self-Built Anyone can build a PC, so what really makes the difference between any old PC and a 3XS PC? For starters, our team has been designing and building PCs for more than 20 years, so we have a huge amount of experience in building highly reliable systems that deliver the most performance for your budget. These are the benefits you receive when buying a professionally built 3XS system versus building a system yourself.

No Compatibility Headaches

It can take weeks to research the right combination of components, not just to ensure you get the most bang for your buck but to minimise the chance of one component being incompatible with another. Whether you buy a system from our configurator or a custom spec system our engineers will do all this hard work for you, ensuring that when your system is delivered it performs flawlessly.

Intensively Tested

Building a PC only takes a few hours, but installing all the software and making sure that everything is configured properly and that your software runs stably takes up a huge amount of time. By ordering a 3XS system our engineers take this painful process away, as all our systems undergo a strenuous Quality Control procedure which includes updating Windows, installing the latest drivers and motherboard BIOS. Overclocked systems receive an additional 24 hour burn-in test to ensure stability.

Peace of Mind

Unfortunately PC components do occasionally fail, and when this happens if you’ve built your PC yourself you’re on your own. However, with a professionally built Scan 3XS system you’re no longer alone. Our technical support team is available 7 days a week, from 9am to 10pm Mon - Fri, 10am to 6pm on Saturdays and 10am to 4pm on Sundays. Click here for more info on how to get technical support for your 3XS system.

If our support team is unable to fix your system remotely and it’s still under warranty we’ll either send out an engineer to visit your home or office or repair it or have it repaired in our state of the art factory in Lancashire.

A Work of Art

We don't just build PCs in our state-of-the-art factory, we craft them. For instance, we route and tidy all the cables around the sides of the case. This not only makes your PC look great and easier to upgrade in the future, but eases airflow through the case resulting in a cooler and quieter PC. In addition, we can customise your PC for you, not just the components inside but also its appearance, so if you fancy a PC in an unusual shape or colour we look forward to hearing from you.

Widely Acclaimed

Our 3XS PCs have won hundreds of awards in the press from publications such as Custom PC, Develop3D, Expert Reviews, HEXUS, PC Gamer and PC Pro. In addition 3XS has won Custom PC’s annual Dream PC competition every year it has run since 2007. You can read all our reviews here plus customer reviews on the configurator.

Rapid Delivery

Sometimes you just need a system right now. Maybe your existing system has kicked the bucket or you’ve found that your old workhorse can’t cope with the latest game or application you just bought. F-series systems are pre-built and tested in our factory, so can be collected same day or delivered next-day to your home or office.

Warranty & Technical Support

Another key difference is that all Scan 3XS Custom Series PCs are covered by our Premium 3 Year Warranty. This means that if your system develops a fault in its first year we can send an engineer to your home or office to repair it. In the remaining two years of the warranty we'll still repair or replace any faulty parts, but do this from our state of the art factory in Lancashire. Click here for more info on how to get technical support for your 3XS system.

Specifications
Processor
CPU Type Intel Core i9
CPU Model 10900K
Professionally Overclocked Yes
CPU Speed 3.7 GHz
CPU Boost/Turbo Speed 5.3 GHz
CPU Cores 10 Core
CPU Threads 20
CPU Cooler Air Cooler (Heatsink + Fan/s)
Motherboard
Motherboard Chipset Intel Z490
Motherboard Form Factor ATX
RAM Memory
Memory 64GB (2x32GB)
Memory Type DDR4
Memory Speed DDR4 - 2666
Graphics
Graphics Intel
Graphics Chipset Intel HD Graphics 630
Graphics Card Cooler  
NVLink/SLi/CrossFire Multi GPU System No
Real-Time Ray Tracing No
VR Ready No
GPU Cores/Streams  
GPU Core Clock 350 MHz
GPU Boost Clock 1150 MHz
GPU Memory Shared
GPU Memory Type Shared
GPU Memory Clock  
GPU Memory Bit Rate  
Graphics Card Connectors
  • 1 x DisplayPort 1.2
  • 1 x DisplayPort 1.4
Storage Drives
SSD Boot Drive Installed Yes
SSD Boot Drive Type M.2 PCIe (NVMe)
SSD Boot Drive Capacity 1000 GB
SSD Project Drive Installed Yes
SSD Project Drive Type M.2 PCIe (NVMe)
SSD Project Drive Capacity 2000 GB
Hard Drive Installed Yes
Hard Drive Type SATA HDD
Hard Drive Capacity 1000 GB
Additional Specifications
Operating System Windows 10 Home (64 bit)
Wireless LAN No
PSU Wattage 650 W
Colour Black
Case Form Factor Mid Tower
Dimensions (Tower) 240 x 481 x 532 mm (WxHxD)
Optical Drive None
I/O
Back Panel
  • 1 x 10/100/1000 (LAN)
  • 1 x Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out
  • 1 x Line In
  • 1 x Line Out
  • 1 x Mic-In
  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Combo
  • 1 x Rear Speaker Out
  • 1 x S/PDIF (Optical)
  • 1 x S/PDIF-Out (Optical)
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Type-A
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C
  • 2 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
  • 3 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A
  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C
Front / Side Panel
  • 1 x Headphone Out
  • 1 x Mic In
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A
Additional Information
Scan Code LN105946
Model Number 3XSDMS390
GTIN 5055948917441
Warranty

Please note your statutory rights are not affected.

For further information regarding Scan's warranty procedure please see our terms and conditions

Details
Duration:
36 months
Type:
Return to base
DOA Period:
7 days
RTB Period:
36 months
Manufacturer Contact Details
Telephone:
01204 474756
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Intel Core i9 10900K Doctor Mix Audio Workstation
Intel Core i9 10900K Doctor Mix Audio Workstation