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

SHOULD I BUY QUIET PC SERENITY VALUE?

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.