A couple of months ago we introduced you to a company called Puget Systems, a boutique PC builder based in the northwest United States that took a particular liking to its customers by keeping them updated on the build process, included them in the benchmarking and testing phases and even includes standard and thermal photos of the machine online before shipping. The Puget Systems Deluge we tested in that review was a very high end offering that included and overclocked Core i7-980X processor as well as a pair of GeForce GTX 480 GPUs. It was a great machine but was obviously outside the realm of what most people are realistically looking for.
Puget came to us just a couple of weeks ago with another unique system. This time, rather than focus on raw performance, the engineering and design teams decided to make a gaming machine as quiet as possible using currently available components and a little elbow grease. Thus, the Serenity was born and with the help of the guys at Silent PC Review, we have a CrossFire based gaming rig that was was never audible over our ambient noise levels. Check out the video review below and then continue on to see more photos and details in the following pages.
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If that didn't give you all the information you need, let's take a quick look inside and outside the Puget Systems Serenity nearly-silent gaming PC.
Outside the Puget Systems Serenity
The Serenity is built around the Antec P183 chassis that is already well known by enthusiasts to be high quality and relatively quiet.
The strong side panels and somewhat heavy build quality keeps rattles (and rolls) to a minimum which is crucial for a quiet computer.
If you remove the side panels you will see that Puget Systems has lined them with Acoustipack, a noise dampening material that is fairly dense and keeps noise contained in the P183 chassis.
The back of the case features a very low rotation fan as well as the IO from the ASUS P7P55D-E motherboard that is the basis for the gaming system.
Puget even lined the inside door panel on the P183 so that sound from the optical drive and the single air intake fan would be more muted.
Those of you familiar with the P183 case know that it has a spot for another exhaust fan on top; here you can see that Puget has plugged it with more internal Acoustipak.