|Specifications||Nofan A430 PC|
|Machine name||Nofan A430 Silent Desktop|
|Compatible Operating Systems||Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Ubuntu Linux|
|Power supply||Nofan 400W Fanless PSU|
|Graphics||Intel HD 4600|
|Graphics ports||DVI-D, HDMI and VGA (up to 3 ports simultaneously)|
|Max resolution DVI-D||1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz|
|Max resolution HDMI||4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz|
|Maximum shared graphics memory||1 GB|
|SATA 6Gb ports||6 (SATA 6Gb compatible)|
|SATA RAID Support||RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10|
|LAN||10/100/1000 Mbit Ethernet|
|PCI Express x16 / x4 / x1 / PCI 2.0 slots||1 / 1 / 2 / 3|
|PCI Express version||x16 slot: PCIe 3.0, all other slots: PCIe 2.0|
|Rear USB 2.0 / 3.0 ports||2 / 4|
|Front USB 2.0 / 3.0 ports||2 / 0|
|Audio||HD 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel with 6 x audio jacks|
|Other rear ports||1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port|
|Memory slots||4 (max 32 GB)|
|Available 5¼" drive bays||2|
|Available 3½" drive bays||1|
|PC dimensions (W x D x H)||172 x 415 x 380 mm|
|Maximum PCI card length (PCB only)||255 mm|
|Clean Build™ promise||OS+updates, drivers and MS Security Essentials only|
|Recovery method||Windows installation and drivers DVDs supplied|
|Warranty type||Collect and return, open-case policy|
Not just a quiet PC, totally silent – almost too quiet :)
When I first pressed the ON button I was impressed by just how quiet it was… then I realised nothing had happened and it hadn’t come on at all. After an embarrassingly long tantrum that we’ll gloss over I finally discovered the power supply ON/OFF switch on the underside of the tower :)
In my defence I have owned 20+ custom build PCs over the years and even built a few myself. I’ve owned several PCs with PSUs that didn’t have an On/Off switch at all so wasn’t surprised when there wasn’t one apparent on the exterior. It wasn’t until I opened the side panel to check for loose connections (there were none, it’s tight as a drum inside) and noticed a cable disappear into the ‘floor’ that I twigged. The PSU on/off switch is in a recess on the underside, very neat. A 'heads up' would’ve been nice though:) Especially when you consider they ‘d been thoughtful enough to include a photocopy of the Win8 serial sticker from the back of the case, to save you scrabbling around when you need it to authorise your copy of the OS.
I bought this machine to replace my general office PC and in order to test the Quiet tech. Previously I’ve paid a lot of money to have high end custom graphics workstations ‘silenced’ but they’ve always retained a low level hum that drives me crazy after a while.
This Quiet PC is absolutely silent. The only indication that it is running is the blue light on the front power button and the odd red flicker from the HD indicator. The only time it makes any sound is when the optional Blue Ray player is reading a disk, that’s the only moving part in the machine. When I am working at another desk I forget this machine is even on.
The midi tower case is not pretty to look at and the huge Icepipe CPU cooler pretty much takes up the entire interior. I was worried about heat, but even after it’s been on all day I can’t really detect with my hand any heat coming off the top or the sides. I have it temporarily connected to my old Dell monitor which gets hot enough to cook my face after about half an hour, so I was concerned about additional heat. No need, it’s cool.
I stubbornly refused to upgrade from XP and this is my first Win8.1 PC. I am still not in love with Win8, but that’s not the hardware’s fault. I can thoroughly recommend this quiet PC. It promises silence and that’s exactly what you get (even after you work out how to turn it on :) When I replace my graphics workstation in the next few months I’ll be buying a Quiet PC.
Thanks for your detailed review! Sorry to hear about the confusion with the power switch. We will ensure the switch is left in the 'on' position for future customers to avoid recurrence.