Quiet PC Serenity Value review

The naming of Quiet PC’s Serenity Value may smack of low-cost supermarket food, but in reality it’s expensive for a business PC. See Group test: What's the best business PC?

Generally, we expect Quiet PC systems to cost a little more as they’re typically designed with premium components to make as little noise as possible. You may not work in a library, but even in a normal office quieter PCs make for a much less stressful, and hopefully more productive, working environment. See all PC reviews.

However, this does come at a price: mechanical components such as fans need to be of a high quality if they are to operate with reduced noise. The system case is built with sound-proofing materials and the power supply designed for peace.

Quiet PC has also replaced the standard 3.5in hard disk with a smaller and quieter 2.5inch laptop drive. But at £795.79 – excluding any monitor – you may not be putting one of these on every desk in your office.

Quiet PC could certainly have shaved off some of the overall cost in order to make a more affordable office PC. The Serenity Value is fitted with one of the fastest processors available, in the form of a 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K – more than any office will need – paired it with an enthusiast-grade Intel Z77 Express chipset which provides features such as overclocking; also not required of an office system.

Despite its high price, the Serenity Value also lacks an SSD – an omission which severely impacts its overall benchmark scores. Yes it’s fast enough for business use. But at this price we’d expect something faster still.

Comparing the system side-by-side with much less expensive business PCs, you can clearly see that the Serenity Value is in a class of its own when it comes to build quality. Every component is like the deluxe version of what you would find elsewhere . We’ll leave it to you do decide whether it’s worth the price.

Quiet PC Serenity Value: Specs

  • Processor: 3.4GHz Intel Core i5 3570K (4 cores / 4 threads)
  • CPU Cooler: Gelid Tranquillo
  • Installed memory: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz
  • Storage: Samsung Spinpoint 1TB 2.5in HDD
  • Power supply: Nexus NX-5000 R3 530W
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H
  • External USB ports: 5x USB 3.0, 7x USB 2.0
  • Display: None
  • Graphics card: Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Sound: onboard
  • Speakers: None
  • Networking: Gigabit Ethernet
  • Audio outputs: Line out, optical S/PDIF, headphone, HDMI audio, centre/subwoofer, rear
  • Audio inputs: Line in, mic
  • Video outputs: DVI, HDMI, VGA
  • Other ports: PS2 mouse/keyboard
  • Case: Nexus Thrio 310
  • Keyboard & Mouse: Gigabyte GK-KM6150 Wired Elegant Multimedia USB Keyboard and Mouse
  • Optical drive: Sony AD-7280S High Speed DVD Rewriter (24x)
  • Operating system: Windows 8 Pro
  • System weight: 15Kg
  • Processor: 3.4GHz Intel Core i5 3570K (4 cores / 4 threads)
  • CPU Cooler: Gelid Tranquillo
  • Installed memory: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz
  • Storage: Samsung Spinpoint 1TB 2.5in HDD
  • Power supply: Nexus NX-5000 R3 530W
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H
  • External USB ports: 5x USB 3.0, 7x USB 2.0
  • Display: None
  • Graphics card: Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Sound: onboard
  • Speakers: None
  • Networking: Gigabit Ethernet
  • Audio outputs: Line out, optical S/PDIF, headphone, HDMI audio, centre/subwoofer, rear
  • Audio inputs: Line in, mic
  • Video outputs: DVI, HDMI, VGA
  • Other ports: PS2 mouse/keyboard
  • Case: Nexus Thrio 310
  • Keyboard & Mouse: Gigabyte GK-KM6150 Wired Elegant Multimedia USB Keyboard and Mouse
  • Optical drive: Sony AD-7280S High Speed DVD Rewriter (24x)
  • Operating system: Windows 8 Pro
  • System weight: 15Kg

OUR VERDICT

For most business users the Quiet PC Serenity Value will score very highly on serenity, and very lowly in value. For all its superior build quality, ultra-quiet operation and luxury components it's simply too expensive for all but special-purpose quiet-room installations.

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