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IcePipe A40-Z68 Silent PC
Discontinued
(1 customer rating / 6 reviews)

Nofan IcePipe A40-Z68 Silent PC

- Replaces the Nofan IcePipe A40-H67 Silent PC- Replaced by the Quiet PC IcePipe A40 Silent Computer

We are now offering a fully-built 100% silent PC, using Nofan's revolutionary IcePipe processor cooling technology. This high-specification machine doesn't compromise on performance and comes with a two-year fully inclusive warranty.

Features

  1. Fully built silent PC system, configurable to your exact requirements
  2. 100% fanless design gives zero noise and no dust build-up
  3. We build to your specification and deliver within 7 days
  4. Clean Build™ Promise and original OS+drivers supplied on DVDs
  5. Two year warranty with open-case policy
  6. Full-size ATX motherboard includes FireWire and 2 x PCI slots

At last - Affordable PC Silence!

Using Nofan's revolutionary Set-A40 as a starting point, we are proud to offer the IcePipe A40-Z68 Silent PC which is a fully-built silent PC system, ready to go. It uses Nofan's unique IcePipe processor cooler for no noise, no dust, no moving parts and no maintenance. The machine can be configured to your exact specification and offers, as you would expect, totally silent operation.

Top Performance and Reliability

The PC itself doesn't compromise on performance, and can be built pre-installed with up to 16 gigabytes of memory and one of Intel's 3rd Generation Core processors. Famous for their excellent performance/value balance, the Ivy Bridge processors have a quad-core architecture and under heavy loading, will automatically "Turbo Boost" their clock speed by up to 12%. We also offer the incredibly-priced Pentium G620 processor for cost-conscious customers. Regarding memory, although Microsoft Windows 7 will run on 2GB, unless you are on a serious budget, we recommend a minimum of 4GB to ensure that the machine has plenty to spare and will always offer excellent responsiveness even when running multiple applications simultaneously. We are now offering our systems with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed, and again we would recommend a minimum of 4GB for this operating system to perform at its best.

The motherboard is a Gigabyte "UD" (Ultra-Durable) series model which uses two ounces of copper for both the power and ground layers, as well as 50,000-hour lifespan Japanese solid capacitors and low-resistance MOSFET components. This approach is designed to improve stability and long-term reliability of the motherboard which is, after all, the heart of the machine.

Clean Build™ Promise

The price of many pre-built PCs these days is often supported by cash kickbacks from software companies who pay hardware manufacturers to pre-install limited or trial versions of their software and then hope that the customer pays to upgrade to the full version. The downside to this approach is that the new PC comes pre-loaded with a lot of "junkware" which bloats the operating system and can cause severe performance degradation.

Here at Quiet PC we believe that customers have every right to expect the best possible performance from a brand new PC, so every system we build comes with our Clean Build™ promise. We install the operating system (if you order one), motherboard drivers, OS updates and (for Windows 7 only) Microsoft Security Essentials - that's it. You won't be pestered by pop-ups and nag screens and you can get on with using your new PC immediately without having to uninstall lots of junkware first. Your new machine will boot in super-quick time and will stay running quickly for many months and years to come.

Free hardware support and fully inclusive warranty

We offer free hardware technical support for as long as you own the machine. This support covers any hardware query or problem, including advice on maintenance and upgrades. We regret we can't offer software support or training so we would recommend contacting the software vendor in this instance. Support for Ubuntu can be obtained through online forums, or on a commercial basis from Canonical Ltd.

Our hardware warranty runs for two years and is "collect and return" meaning that you don't need to worry about getting the machine back to us - we will instruct our courier to collect it from you on a day of your choosing, then after we have checked and repaired it we will send it back to you by express courier at our expense. In addition, unlike many other PC suppliers, we have an "open-case" policy which means you are free to open the machine and perform your own minor modifications or upgrades without worrying that your warranty might be affected.


SpecificationsIcePipe A40-Z68
Machine nameNofan IcePipe A40-Z68 Silent PC
Compatible Operating SystemsWindows 7 / Ubuntu Linux
Power supplyNofan 400W Fanless PSU
MotherboardGigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
GraphicsIntel HD 3000 850-1350 MHz
Graphics portsDVI, HDMI, DisplayPort and VGA (max any 2 ports simultaneously)
Max resolution DVI & HDMI / DisplayPort1920 x 1200 / 2560 x 1600
SATA 6Gb / 3Gb / eSATA 3Gb ports4 internal / 3 internal / 1 rear panel
SATA RAID SupportRAID 0, 1, 5 and 10
LAN10/100/1000 Mbit Ethernet
USB ports (front/rear)2/4 USB2, 0/2 USB3
AudioHD 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel with S/PDIF and 6 x audio jacks
Other rear ports1 x FireWire IEEE 1394a (400 Mbps), 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
Available drive bays1 x 3½ inch, 2 x 5¼ inch *
Accessible PCI Express x8 / x1 slots1 / 2
Accessible PCI slots1 †
Memory slots4
PC dimensions (W x D x H)172 x 415 x 380 mm
Maximum PCI card length (PCB only)255 mm
Clean Build™ promiseOS+updates, drivers and MS Security Essentials only
Recovery methodWindows installation and drivers DVDs supplied
Warranty typeCollect and return, open-case policy
Warranty24 months
  • *The second 5¼" bay can only accommodate devices up to 148mm deep
  • None when double-width VGA card is installed

Customer Reviews

My A40 mini-review

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A silent, convection cooled computer with solid-state storage was a dream of mine ever since my old Amstrad PC1512 (floppy disk version) in 1986 or 87, which was actually even then not fully silent because of a distinct and rather irritating very high pitch 'whistle' from the electronics. Since then all the computers I've had were somewhat troublesome for me because of the fan plus hard disk noise. After being more than just nudged by a quietpc.com full page ad in PC Advisor mag, and getting more and more interested as I went through the website details of these silent PCs, I placed my order for an A40, and actually received the computer before a week was up - not bad for a stated lead time of 7 days.

The computer is a joy to use - completely silent for all practical purposes, and much faster and more 'snappy' than anything I'd used previously; I would definitely give it a top 'star' rating. It was most encouraging to see the CPU core temperatures displayed by the very handy SpeedFan utility while I ran a quite processor-intensive compressed backup task. Even when CPU activity was nearing saturation, the core temperatures were still fluctuating in the 40s (47 maximum), and each time the activity in either core dropped back a little, almost instantaneously its temperature dropped back just as though the system had a really efficient fan cooling system. Indeed, my impression was that the temperatures were a little more rapidly responsive in dropping back than was the case in my previous, fan cooled computer with an Intel Core Duo CPU.

One little grouse of mine is the oh-so-fashionable use of black as the case colour for the Nofan computer range. To me that is really ugly, and symbols and text upon that black are very difficult to read, and when I try to plug something into one of the USB ports on the front I grope about somewhat because the sockets are actually quite difficult to see in detail unless I shine a torch close directly at them. That grouse aside, I shall definitely be recommending Nofan Silent PCs to others, and am still sighing great sighs of relief to be no longer bugged by constantly nag-nag-nagging system noise as I work at the PC.

Silence is golden...

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Having become fed up with fan noise from my previous PCs I thought I'd invest in a silent PC to end the drone once and for all. The Nofan IcePipe is a dream come true: a powerful machine that's totally silent and it's well worth the slight price premium to be able to hear yourself think.

Set up was straightforward and performance with the Intel Core i7 2700K 3.5GHz, SSD, and 16Gb is blistering.

Like others who have posted reviews, I've started to notice low level noises in the room that I wasn't hearing before: the clock ticking for example!

Quiet PC's service was quick and exemplary and I have no hesitation in recommending them.

The best ever! Absolute silence.

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I've spent nearly eleven thousand pounds on goods from Quiet PC over the last few years and it's fair to say I've not found a more knowledgeable or helpful company. I've had some excellent PCs in that time including several water cooled machines. Until now, the best ever was a Zalman TNN 500 based machine which was as close to silent as possible but it was still audible (just) if you stuck your ear next to it and anyway they don't make the case anymore.

This PC is not audible at all! It is eerily silent. I now have four PCs running in my office and the loudest noise is the cat purring. It is what I've dreamed of for more than ten years (sad isn't it).

I can't recommend this PC highly enough, if you are serious about silence it's worth every penny!

Chris

IcePipe A40-Z68 Silent PC

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I have built several quiet PC's over the years but to find a totally silent powerful machine was something else. The build quality is excellent and going for SSD drives a real advantage. The machine is a delight to use. The service to date has been impeccable and I live in France but this was no problem and only a charge of £13.87 carriage was a nice surprise. The only very small thing is that there is no power socket on the rear for the external eSATA drive. Would have been 10/10 if it had got this on.

Wow!

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I love this machine! I wanted a computer for home recording, I wanted to go up to 64bit, and I wanted it to be literally silent. It is. I've spent money and much time in the past trying to spec quiet PCs that I could work with and it's just never happened. This Nofan machine actually works!!!! It's fast, comes with a nicely uncluttered Windows - no bloatware on startup, fewer processes running than I've ever seen before - and makes absolutely no noise whatsoever (apart from the DVD re-writer checking itself out for half a second just after you've pressed the on button).

I did find installing my UAD-2 DSP cards and my PCI soundcard slightly fiddly, as the motherboard is quite tight against the case; and in order to stop providing power to my iLok2 when the machine was off I had to move a power connector, following the advice of Glenn at Quietpc, who has been extremely helpful. No doubt that could be done before delivery if required. In all - silence is golden, and I've got it! Yes!!!!!

Exactly what I was looking for

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This was exactly what I was looking for. A truly silent PC without compromising on system performance and it uses the standard PC architecture, so that I can easily upgrade or modify it later if the need arises. The exception to this is that the 16x PCI Express slot is not accessible, but it's not something that I need to use anyway as I don't use my PC for games - if you are looking for a top end gaming rig then you'll need to look elsewhere, however.

My build is: i7 2600k with a Vertex 3 SSD (I asked for a Vertex 3 instead of a Corsair; the Vertex 3 is a bit faster).

The result: this machine is blisteringly fast, but completely quiet. I've had it for a month now and it is continuing to perform superbly. The CPU temp is typically around 36C in normal (i.e. light) use - ambient temp 20C. Running the Prime95 torture test (100% CPU on all cores) for 15 minutes saw it steady at 68C.

Lastly, I'd just like to mention the excellent build quality and customer service.

 

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