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Scan code: LN96517 Manufacturer code: FA9I

Audio Workstation with Intel Core i9 10900K and 32GB

3XS FA9i Audio Workstation, Intel Core i9 10900K, 32GB DDR4, 500GB SSD, 2TB, Win 10

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Scan code: LN96517 Manufacturer code: FA9I
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3XS FA9i

The 3XS FA9i is based around our ever-popular mid-range Intel system spec with this model featuring the Z490 chipset and i9 10900K 10-core with Hyper-threading CPU. This chip is Intel’s highest performer in the mid-range and has proven to be the most popular solution in the range. A great all-rounder, suitable for low latency recording or in the box production making it a great fit for any advanced home or small professional studio.

The system has 32GB of Corsair memory included, which we find is ample for a lot of production duties carried out on this level of machine. We do however ensure that we leave you two additional memory slots free, just so that if you should wish to expand further in the future then you will have an easy upgrade route ready and waiting.

We also include a super-fast 500GB Samsung 970 EVO PLUS NVMe drive for your Windows OS installation, which means that you should also have plenty of space in which to set up your sequencer of choice as well as all of your plugins. Alongside that OS drive, we also include an additional 1TB Seagate Barracuda mechanical drive for general storage and your sample libraries. Should you also wish to migrate over your old project drives or if you want to just ensure that you will be able to add in additional storage in the future, then rest assured that this system has another 5 SATA drive connections making it certain to be able to accommodate those too.

As with all of our studio-based systems, the performance to noise level is a key concern, where we always strive to ensure we get the maximum amount of performance with the least amount of disruptive system noise through careful component consideration. We build thousands of systems every year, and we are confident that our reputation speaks for itself. You will find reviews of our systems in many popular publications both online and in print.

As with all of our audio systems, the models found in our ready to ship series are all fully tested and configured to ensure the widest compatibility possible with common studio software programs, as well as to ensure the smoothest of experiences when running your studio's crucial tools and applications.

During this initial validation phase, we test with all the popular audio sequencers including industry leaders such as Cubase, Pro Tool, Sonar, Studio One, Ableton, Bitwig, Reaper and FL Studio in order to ensure the widest compatibility straight out of the box. This means that once you receive your system, you will be able to set it up along with your audio interface & software of choice and be ready to go with the absolute minimum of fuss.

The 3XS FA9i 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 Fractal Design Define R6
Motherboard ASUS PRIME Z490-A
Processor Intel Core i9 10900K 3.7GHz Ten Core with HT
CPU Cooler be quiet! Dark Rock PRO 4
Memory 32GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 2666Hz DDR4
Graphics Card Intel UHD Graphics 630
Power Supply 650W be quiet! Straight Power 11 – 80PLUS GOLD
System Drive 500GB Samsung 970 Evo Plus M.2 SSD
Storage Drive 2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD
Networking LAN
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 9900K
Professionally Overclocked No
CPU Speed 3.6 GHz
CPU Boost/Turbo Speed 5.0 GHz
CPU Cores 8 Core
CPU Threads 16
CPU Cooler Air Cooler (Heatsink + Fan/s)
Motherboard
Motherboard Chipset Intel Z390
Motherboard Form Factor ATX
RAM Memory
Memory 32GB (2x16GB)
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
  • 1 x DVI-D DL
Storage Drives
SSD Boot Drive Installed Yes
SSD Boot Drive Type M.2 PCIe (NVMe)
SSD Boot Drive Capacity 500 GB
SSD Project Drive Installed No
SSD Project Drive Type N/A
SSD Project Drive Capacity N/A
Hard Drive Installed Yes
Hard Drive Type SATA HDD
Hard Drive Capacity 2000 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) 233 x 448 x 535 mm (WxHxD)
Optical Drive DVD±RW
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
Front / Side Panel
  • 1 x Headphone Out
  • 1 x Mic In
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • 2 x USB 3.0
Additional Information
Scan Code LN96517
Model Number FA9I
GTIN 5055948913252
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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Reviews
3XS FA9i Audio Workstation, Intel Core i9 10900K, 32GB DDR4, 500GB SSD, 2TB, Win 10 is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beauty with the Beast Very happy owner of the 3XS FA9i Audio Workstation. Scan were great at all stages of process; payment, delivery and post-stage. Delivery by DPD was amazingly quick too. Easy set up, all good to go and extra cables etc. The Nvme.2, (SSD) drive is insanely quick to boot up and runs all my music software. Pro Tools Ultimate, Ableton Live, Cubase, Nuendo, Splat, Reason, Flstudio and so forth... Expect a big box and a beast of a workstation inside and don't forget to remove extra protective packaging inside case. Everything built perfect, very quiet case (insulated too). When i bought this workstation in December 2019 it came with 16gb ram but now in January 2020 the new deal at the same price comes with 32gb ram- Even better deal now (though wish i waited an extra month to reap, hey ho... an extra 16bg) for folks.
Date published: 2020-01-31
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Questions & Answers

Can I drive two display monitors from this (FA9i)?

I need two hdmi or dvi ports. It’s hard to tell from the specs or images. I see one hdmi but can’t tell what else there is.
Asked by: Anonymous
Hi, This system features the following video outputs- DisplayPort 1.2 HDMI 1.4b I can confirm you can use both of these at once and both can be converted to HDMI/DVI with adapters quite easily. I hope this helps. Kind regards,
Answered by: 3XSAaron
Date published: 2020-02-20

Would it be possible to get this with 32gb memory and 2 2tb hard drives

It will bu used for photo editing (LR & PS mostly) and some video work up to 4K - can you also recomend what monitor would be ideal to view 4K video
Asked by: ChrisPW
Hi, Please send me your details directly to [email protected] and we will be able to arrange this and help you with your monitor selection. Kind regards,
Answered by: 3XSAaron
Date published: 2019-04-05

How can Scan justify such wild price increases over such a short period of time?

Hi I have been tracking this item as I am desperately saving up to buy it. However, as you can see from my tracking evidence, the price has increased dramatically. There is a global depression inc in the price of pc's , so How can Scan justify such wild price increases over such a short period of time? Thanks £ Date 1499 1.3.20 1569 29.3.20 1523 20.5.20 1679 24.5.20
Asked by: PhilC1960
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Audio Workstation with Intel Core i9 10900K and 32GB
Audio Workstation with Intel Core i9 10900K and 32GB