Based upon our one of our most popular audio PC specifications, the 3XS FA5i is based around Intel's "Skylake" Quad-Core i5 6600 CPU. As with all of our audio systems the models found in our ready to ship series are all tested and configured to ensure the widest compatibility possible with common studio software programs, as to ensure the smoothest running of all of your tools and applications.
During our initial in house validation phase we test with all of the popular audio sequencers including industry leaders such as Cubase, Pro Tool, Sonar, Studio One, Ableton, Bitwig, Reaper and FL Studio to ensure the widest compatibility straight out of the box, meaning that you set it up with your audio interface & software of choice and be ready to go with the absolute minimum of fuss.
To install your software on, we include a fast Samsung Evo 250GB SSD, which comes with your OS on and is ideal for running your sequencer and projects off. Alongside the OS drive we also include an additional 1TB WD Blue mechanical drive for storage and sample libraries. If you wish to migrate over your old project drives or make sure you can add in additional storage in the future, the case has 5 more drive bays making it easy to expand accommodate any future expansion you wish to carry out.
The system has 8GB of Corsair memory included, which we find is ample for a lot of the tracking & editing duties carried out on this level of machine, but we also make sure to leave two more slots free in case of future upgrade plans should you find yourself needing more in a few years time.
This i5 based configuration is the lower powered option amongst our two F-Series setups and the specification lends itself well to those artists who are running project studios where multi-track recording & editing their projects are the key concern and the recordings have less emphasis on soft synth performances and more on the treatment and post productions of band recordings. 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 background noise ensuring the performance is seen but not heard.
A fast CPU translates to higher VST counts along with a smoother, more responsive experience whist you work. The FA5i includes a powerful Intel Core i5 6600 which has four cores running at 3.3GHz with a 3.9GHz turbo that delivers maximum performance when you need it.
Testing & Validation
By testing & validating with all of the major sequencers during the system design phase, we aim to ensure all the teething issues are worked out well before you receive it. This will help to ensure you get setup as smothly as possible and keep you productive by ensuring a great day to day experience.
Low noise levels are cruical in the studio enviroment where recording may be taking place, so all of our 3XS studio machines are designed around low noise components and quiet cases. This will help to ensure that you can mix and produce without distractions.
Lightning Fast Storage
Nobody likes waiting for their applications to load, so the FA5i includes an SSD instead of an old fashioned HDD. SSDs use sold-state memory, so you can boot into Windows, load applications and projects in a fraction of the time of a mechanical HDD.
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.