|Specifications||Serenity Pro Gamer|
|Machine name||Quiet PC Serenity Pro Gamer|
|Compatible Operating Systems||Windows 7 / Windows 8.1 / Ubuntu Linux|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming GT|
|Graphics||Intel HD 4600 or optional discrete graphics card(s)|
|Intel graphics ports||DVI, HDMI, DP and VGA (up to 3 ports simultaneously)|
|NVIDIA 2/3/4-Way SLI Support||Yes|
|AMD 2/3/4-Way CrossFire Support||Yes|
|Supported RAM||DDR3 1600/1333 MHz memory modules|
|SATA 6Gb/s ports||8 *|
|SATA Express ports||1|
|SATA RAID Support||RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10 (up to 6 drives simultaneously)|
|LAN port||Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2201 10/100/1000 Mbit Ethernet|
|USB 3.0 ports||8 (2 top / 6 rear)|
|USB 2.0 ports||8 (2 top / 2 rear)|
|Audio||HD 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel + 1 x optical S/PDIF In/Out|
|Other rear panel ports||PS/2 keyboard & mouse ports|
|x16 PCI Express slots||4 (2 at x16, 2 at x8)|
|x1 PCI Express slots||3|
|Memory slots||4 (max 32 GB)|
|PC dimensions (W x D x H) mm||207 x 530 x 505 (DF) / 220 x 532 x 517 (DS1)|
|Clean Build™ promise||OS+updates, drivers and MS Security Essentials (Win 7 only)|
|Recovery method||Windows installation and drivers DVDs supplied|
|Warranty type||Collect and return, open-case policy|
- *6 when SATA Express port is used
Battlefield 4 tamed
Our youngest son wanted a PC that could 'do' Battlefield 4 at full graphics. I wanted a PC that would connect to the telly, keep youngest son happy and could play movies, show photos, and 'do' office without the background drone usually associated with a PC that is more fast than quiet. It also had to be a desktop rather than a tower (to fit under the telly).
I couldn't find a desktop quiet gaming system, so I got this one and put it on it's side. It's perfectly happy on it's side - but I might have to get around to taking the shiny silver feet off. The case is big though. My brother thinks it looks like a big black beached whale. Perhaps I should have gone for a smaller case. This one has many drive bays, but only one of those has anything in it - and that's a slimline 1TB SSD drive. It looks a bit silly being all alone, but the PC boots up so quickly that even my teenage son is impressed. Perhaps the days of many big drive bays are over?
Now, to be clear, you can hear the PC cooling itself when Battlefield 4 is engaged, but it's not much and drowned out by the machine guns. At all other times (apart from during boot before the fan management is running properly) it's very, very quiet. Those big fans, all with easy to service filters seem to act like a vacuum cleaner for dust.
So there you have it. Proper gaming machine. Silent for movies and other non-taxing (parent-y) stuff. OK on it's side. But a bit big.
Great piece of Kit
We got two of these and I have to say we are delighted with them. You actually have to put your ear to the case to hear anything even under full load. As for speed and spec you can’t go wrong. We use these for heavy workloads (VMware, SQL server, software development etc) and ofc gaming. Very happy and will fully recommend.