Quiet PC IcePipe A43 Silent PC full review
As usual, Quiet PC’s system is a radical departure from the norm. At £1206.97 it’s an expensive Windows 8 PCs, but for this price you get an entirely fanless PC which is utterly silent in operation. See Microsoft Windows 8 review.
The NoFen CS-60 case looks like some sort of military hardware, but its highly meshed front panel is designed to allow good air flow through the case, unassisted by spinning blades. Inside the case looks nothing like a normal Windows machine. The usual processor cooler and fan has been replaced by a huge circular heatsink which is almost as large as the motherboard and very nearly as thick as the whole PC. Almost all of the motherboard components are obscured, including at least one expansion slot. See also Chillblast Fusion Galaxy review.
But Quiet PC hasn’t stopped there. The 400W NoFen power supply is also a fanless model and, as we’ve come to expect from QuietPC, no hard drive has been included as standard – they’re just too noisy. Take a look at Braebo Hermes 8 review.
Instead, a 223GB Kingspec Challenger SSD has been fitted. Having no moving parts, this too is obviously silent. It’s also double the capacity of the next largest here. Visit Group test: what's the best PC for under £1,000?
The only component which could make any sound in this system is the DVD drive. Sadly, it doesn’t support Blu-ray playback, but this Optiarc unit is one of the quietest optical drives around – no surprises there then.
The use of passive cooling means it’s wise not to go too crazy with processor power, so QuietPC has selected an Intel Core i5-3450S chip. The ‘S’ denotes a special power-saving version of the processor which runs at a lower base speed to the standard edition. In this case, the system trundles along at 2.8GHz until full power is required at which point it will rise up to 3.5GHz.
This power-saving chip and the lack of a dedicated graphics card enables the system to run with ‘only’ a 400W power supply - we measured a power consumption of just 24W for this system at idle.
Intel’s integrated graphics are good enough for high-definition multimedia and some light gaming, but it should be noted that the Core i5-3450S incorporates the slower HD 2500 version of the GPU so it falls some way behind the best that Intel has to offer.
Quiet PC has included a 23in Zalman monitor with the system. It include a pair of HDMI inputs alongside analogue VGA, but it is not a touchscreen.
Quiet PC IcePipe A43 Silent PC: Specs
- Processor: 2.8GHz - 3.5GHz Intel Core i5-3450S
- Monitor: "23in Zalman ™-230,(0.265mm, 1920x1080, 2xHDMI/VGA, TN)"
- RAM: 8GB DDR3 1333MHz
- Storage: 223GB Kingspec Challenger C3000-240 SSD
- Power supply: 400W NoFen (fanless)
- Motherboard, Windows 8 certified?: Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H (Y)
- CPU cooler: Nofan IcePipe CR-95C
- USB: 3x USB 3.0, 8x USB 2.0
- Graphics card, Speeds (Core, Memory): Integrated Intel HD Graphics 2500
- Sound: onboard
- Speakers: None
- Optical drive: Optiarc DVD combo drive
- Operating system: Windows 8 Home
- Bundled software: None
- Case: NoFen CS-60
- Keyboard & mouse: Gigabyte GK-KM6150 wired combo
- Extra features: Silent, fanless design
- PC Mark 7 OVERALL: 5675
- PC Mark 7 Creativity: 9414
- PC Mark 7 Entertainment: 3896
- PC Mark 7 Storage: 4902
- Games score (fps)1: 42/20
- Warranty: 2 years collect and return