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Quiet PC Serenity Z77 Value review

£749 inc VAT and delivery

Manufacturer: Quiet PC

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Quiet PC Serenity Z77 Value is a well-constructed and quiet system which performs very well but lacks features. Read our review to find out more.

Quiet PC always delivers something a little different, always with high-quality components and naturally designed to be as quiet as possible.

If your PC is likely to be switched on for most of the day as each member of the family takes their turn, it’s pays to have one that doesn’t distract everyone else with whirring fans and chattering hard drives.

To this end, Quiet PC has removed the hard drive entirely, relying entirely on a 120GB KingSpec SSD. This drive is fast and silent, but 120GB really isn’t going to be enough for a family PC with multiple users. See also Group test: What's the best family PC.

We feel it’s inevitable that you’ll want to add a hard disk to this setup, unless you’re made of money and want to use a another high-capacity SSD. Luckily for you, Quiet PC also offers what the company has found to be the quietest hard drives and a selection of noise-reducing enclosures to fit them in. We would like to have seen such a drive included with this system, even though it would have pushed the price up. Take a look at Chillblast Fusion Longbow review too.

Intel’s standard processor cooler has also been replaced with a much quieter version in the form of the Gelid Tranquillo. The whole system is enclosed in a rather impressive, if somewhat overblown, Nexus Prominent R system case which features built-in soundproofing materials. It also features a SATA drive dock at the top. Visit Arbico eXcel i5256 VX review.

Like Eclipse, Quiet PC has gone for an enthusiast-level motherboard, the Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H, again using the Intel Z77 Express chipset. This particular board supports up to six USB 3.0 connections and a pair of SATA 6Gb/s ports.

Although we suspect you’ll have no problems running Windows 8 on this system, it’s revision 1.1 of this motherboard which has been certified by Microsoft, not the revision 1.0 found in our review system.

Intel’s Core i5-3570K is used to good effect in this PC. With a score of 182 points from WorldBench 6, application performance is excellent. Gaming performance suffers, however as the system relies on the chip’s integrated GPU for 3D graphics.

No monitor is included with this system. Neither is there a graphics card, Blu-ray drive, webcam, speakers set or Wi-Fi, so if you want a fully-specified system you’ll end up spending considerably more than the £749 starting price.

Quiet PC Serenity Z77 Value Expert Verdict »

Model name: Serenity Z77 Value
Processor: 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K
Monitor: None
RAM: 8GB DDR3 1333MHz
Storage: 120GB KingSpec SSD
Power supply: 450W Zalman
Motherboard, Windows 8 certified?: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H / (v1.1 only)
CPU cooler: Gelid Tranquillo
USB: 5x USB 3.0, 6x USB 2.0
Graphics card, Speeds (Core, Memory, Shader): Intel integrated graphics (HD4000)
Sound: onboard
Speakers: None
Optical drive: Sony DVD-writer
Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Bundled software: None
Case: Nexus Prominent R
Keyboard & mouse: Microsoft Wired Desktop 600
Extra features Soundproofing, USB 3.0 and SATA HDD dock

WorldBench 6 score: 182
Games score (fps)1: 49.1 / 31
MediaEspresso time: 1min 38sec
Power consumption (Idle/Max): 29 / 82W
Warranty: 2 years collect-and-return
  • Build Quality: We give this item 10 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 6 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Performance: We give this item 8 of 10 for performance
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

This is a well-constructed and quiet system which performs very well but lacks features, some of which are essential for a family PC so must be purchased separately, such as a monitor and a hard drive. The £749 price may seem low but should be thought of as a starting point.

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