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Quiet PC Serenity Z77 Gamer review

£1,149 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Quiet PC

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The Quiet PC Serenity Z77 Gamer is a well-built and quiet gaming PC with performance that is adequate. Read our full review to find out why it is still noticeably behind the competition.

We’ve come to expect Quiet PC to submit something a little different from the norm whenever they take part in our reviews. The Serenity Z77 Gamer is no exception. See also Group test: what's the best desktop PC?

You may feel that Serenity and gaming aren’t two concepts which usually go hand-in-hand, but even gamers spend some of their time doing more peaceful stuff with their PCs and this system’s low-noise design means the minimum of distractions when you’re not busy blowing stuff up. Visit Group test: what's the best graphics card?

The system is still overclocked – it is a gaming PC after all – but Quiet PC has pushed the 3.4GHz Core i5-3570K to a more modest 4.2GHz. Ivy Bridge processors heat up a lot when you feed them the extra voltage they need to reach higher speeds, so this approach means you can go for a quieter, less enthusiastic cooling system. Quiet PC has opted for a Gelid Tranquillo cooler, designed specifically to make the minimum noise.

The DarkForce system case is also made by Gelid and incorporates a pair ultra-quiet fans with room for up to eight, which can be hooked up to a pair of built-in fan extension printed circuit boards.

It also incorporates intelligent cable management and this, combined with the use of a power supply with modular cabling, keeps the inside of the case tidy and improves air-flow.

The graphics card is also a quiet model, in the form of the MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC, which uses a pair of cooling fans and custom designed heatpipes to allow faster operation than the standard version of the GeForce GTX560 Ti.  

Although it’s quieter than either a GTX 680 or a GT 670 it’s also nowhere near as fast. It will cope with many games at 1080p resolution, but unlike the faster cards mentioned above, it won’t run challenging games like Crysis above 60fps at this level of definition with the quality settings set to “Very High”.

The asking price of £1149 is lower than the rest, but keep in mind that it doesn’t come with a monitor, keyboard, mouse or Blu–ray drive. Most surprising of all is the lack of a hard drive: only a 128GB SSD is installed as standard. However, you do get dual-band 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0 included with the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB WIFI motherboard. Overall build quality is also very high.

Quiet PC Serenity Z77 Gamer Expert Verdict »
Model name: Serenity Z77 Gamer
Processor (overclocked): 3.4GHz (4.2GHz) Intel Core i5 3570K
CPU cooler: Gelid Tranquillo cooler
Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM
Storage: 128GB SATA 6Gbps SSD
Power suppply: Nexus 630W
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB WIFI
USB ports: 5x USB 3.0, 6x USB 2.0
Graphics, VRAM, core/memory/shader speeds: MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC, 1GB VRAM, 870/1020/1740 Mz
Connectivity: 2x gigabit ethernet, dual-band 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0
VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort (on graphics card): N2Y(mini)N
FireWire/eSATA: YY
Case: Gelid DarkForce
Optical drive: DVD±RW
Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Extras: External SATA dock
WorldBench 6 score: 200
Gaming performance (fps): 61/36/28/62
MediaEspresso time: 4min 10sec
Power consumption (Idle/Max): 55W/178W
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 5 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Performance: We give this item 6 of 10 for performance
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Quiet PC Serenity Z77 Gamer is a well-built and quiet gaming PC with performance that is adequate, but noticeably behind the competition. Be warned, it also comes without a hard drive, so be sure to add one to the price of your order if you need more than 128GB internal storage.

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