Noise and overclocking
The Tytan is a bit on the noisy side. It's not loud enough to get annoying, but it's certainly not quiet. During our overclocking attempts we noticed that the noise originates from the wide 12 cm fan on the radiator for the water cooler. Two quieter fans in a push-pull configuration would have worked better, in our opinion.
When the system is in standard mode there is no overclock on the processor and graphics card. When you press the speed button, the panels open and extra fans start turning. The clock speed of the processor increases to 4 GHz, and when you press the button again it goes up to 4.2 GHz. Press it a third time, everything closes and the clock speed is reduced to 3.8 GHz. The speed of the graphics card remains the same, but the colour of the lighting also changes during the transformation.
We tried to squeeze a little more out of the Tytan and were able to get the CPU up to 4.4 GHz, which increased the 3Dmark Vantage score from P44511 to P47887. This overclock is not as impressive as what we've seen before, but you have to keep in mind that a lot of heat is generated for the narrow 120 mm radiator. A wider model such as the Corsair H100 would certainly not have been out of place in this system.
Windows 8 comes pre-installed, along with software such as Nero Express 12, Trend Micro Titatium Internet Security, ASUSDVD (the same as Cyberlink PowerDVD), ASUS MX Suite, ASUS Music Maker (aka Magix Music Maker), and ASUS Video Easy, also from Magix, for editing videos. While this obviously is a gaming rig, it's nice to have this type of software included.