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FAS Portable Recording System with Intel Core i7 9700

3XS FAS Portable Recording System, Intel Core i7 9700, 16GB DDR4, 250GB SSD, 1TB, Win 10

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Scan code: LN87255 Manufacturer code: FASPRS
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3XS FAS Portable Recording System

The 3XS FAS Portable Recording System offers a full i7 specification and performance in a smaller more discrete case. The system is based around a Fractal Design Node 304 case which has a footprint of only 250 x 210 x 374 mm (WxHxD mm) and yet it can easily accommodate up to four full sized hard drives or SSD’s which is the maximum that the motherboard can support.

This is matched with a mini ITX motherboard solution at the heart of this setup that comes complete with an i7 9700 Intel CPU offering superb performance to handle all of your software needs, with none of the loss of performance often experienced with many smaller solutions. The CPU in this instance is a true 8 core chip without Hyper-threading, making it particularly well placed for handling real-time effects whilst working at lower buffer settings.

The parts are all tested and chosen for their low heat & noise profiles, great performance and rock solid reliability that is required from a music studio PC. This whole package makes it ideal as a portable workstation where a laptop may not offer enough power, with the Node case being small enough to throw in a kit bag to take with you;

Whatever your requirements in the studio, if one of them is making the most efficient use of your current space then this system will help you achieve the best results.

3XS represents the last word in quality and reliability. We build thousands of systems and laptops 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.

The 3XS Portable Recording Solution is pre-built and ready for next-day delivery and comes with Windows 10 Home pre-installed and a two-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 Node 304
Motherboard ASRock Intel Z390M ITX/ac
Processor Intel Core i7 9700 3.0GHz Eight Core
CPU Cooler be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 2666MHz DDR4
Graphics Card Intel UHD Graphics 630
Power Supply 400W be quiet! Pure Power 10 – 80PLUS SILVER
System Drive 250GB Samsung 860 EVO SSD
Storage Drive 1TB Seagate Barracuda HDD
Networking Intel LAN and Wi-Fi
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64bit
Recovery Media 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 Value Series PCs are covered by our 2 Year Warranty. This means that if your system develops a fault in its first year we will collect, repair and return it to you. In year 2 the warranty is Return to Base, so we cover parts and labour only. Click here for more info on how to get technical support for your 3XS system.

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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FAS Portable Recording System with Intel Core i7 9700
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